Tag: Shopping

Our Furniture Purchasing Experience in Bogotá, Colombia

February 2016 Michael: When a husband hears, “We need new living room and dining room furniture,” there exists limited options. But once the words have exited the wife’s mouth your best response is “Si mi amor”(Yes, my love) and try for the best deal you can get. Graciela: Sometimes I believe men really do not […]

Centro Comercial Fontanar in Chia Revisited – Spectacular or not?

January 2016 Graciela: “Spectacular,” the woman said. The answer came to our question of her thoughts about the new Centro Comercial Fontanar in Chia, Colombia. On weekends, especially during the Christmas season, the place attracts large crowds. Michael: My wife and I showed up on opening day of the mall in October 2015. We based […]

Photo of the Week – Black Friday Comes to Colombia, South America

November 2015 Graciela: The above is a composite of photos of the Black Friday sale signs at a local mall. Big deal you say. However if you look closer you will notice that only the words, “Black Friday” are in English. Everything else is in Spanish. These photos were taken at a mall in Colombia, South […]

Arte Luna in Centro Chia – Colombian Crafts and Knowledgable Helpful Staff

November 2015 Michael: Time closed in on us before our last trip to the USA. Now add to it that my wife is Colombian. By that I mean that part of her culture is to bring gifts for everyone whenever you travel. Bottom line, that means a gift for just about every relative and friend […]

We Review the New Centro Comercial Fontanar in Chia

For our updated review click here October 2015 Michael: For over two years the large 134,000 square meter building with over 56,000 square meters of rental space rose slowly from the ground. Inside over 150 retail outlets moved merchandise in. Just down from the place and on the same side of the Autopista is Centro […]

Five Bogotá Malls for Tourists

May 2015 Michael: Bogotá has a plethora of what they call centro comerciales or malls in English. Of course with over eight million people in the city it is to be expected. In the last ten years my wife and I have hit most if not all of them. Do not think that my wife likes […]

Auger Bits in Bogotá – Photo of the week

Michael: OK, some people are wondering what a photo of bit brace auger bits has to do with Colombia. Well, it shows there are still those places where you can find the old stuff. While living in the USA I collected old hand tools. Unfortunately my wood planes and other items were unable to accompany […]

A Bogotá sidewalk seller that caught our eye

Michael: No way could I pass by the plastic sheet on the sidewalk with a blanket on top laden with rectangular fabric covered objects. My wife knowing my attraction also stopped and asked me, “Do you want one?” Graciela: Something I have never seen in the USA is people placing a covering on the sidewalk […]

Boots ‘N Bags

Colombian business that pays attention to design and quality to make unique purses. Michael: I am an aficionado of design. An item into which much thought has been put for functionality excites me. In some of the classes I teach for English I have my conversational students design a better purse. Consequently my first encounter […]

Photo of the Week – Maternity Clothing in Shop Window

Michael:  I cold not resist taking this photo of the window display for the women’s clothing shop  Via Sport. The shirts have interesting sayings for pregnant ladies. Just in case you do not read Spanish the one on the left says, “It all started with a kiss.” On top the translation is “Observe the love […]

Unique Marketing Method in Bogotá

Michael:  Though I have been in Colombia for eight years it feels that I learn something new daily. It happened, It is just something that almost defies logic. However the passenger side mirror on our car got knocked off. As a gringo, this is a situation that in my mind is just an accident looking […]

Backpacks in Colombia & We Carried our Books Under our Arms

Totto of Colombia is tops in backpacks for students. Backpack Basics: A Weighty Issue –  My wife and I looked at each other after I read the article in the Fenton Patch newspaper to her. I spoke first. “We just carried the books in our arms.” “We did too,” my wife answered. Our comments reminded […]