Tag: Travel

Mangostino is Another of Colombia’s Over 150 Fruits

Twice a year the mangostino shows up in Bogotá. While some stores carry the hard skinned purple fruit we see more of it being sold by vendors on the street. Like many other of Colombia’s produce it has medicinal properties. The mangostino acts as an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. In addition it is good for blood […]

Interviews With Expats and Travelers About Life Abroad

by Michael Can you really retire early in another country or constantly travel and have a better overall life? You may have heard or read the stories of those who quit the rat race, escaped the corporate cubicle and now enjoy life. For most people the logic makes no sense unless you have a ton […]

Colombian Papa Rellena – A meal in your hand & a recipe worth trying

March 2016 Michael: Calle 53 just East of the Avenida Caracas is a part of Bogotá I always enjoy wandering, looking and tasting. This is the area where Bogotanos go for art and craft supplies as well as lessons. My wife and her sister shop the many craft stores which line both sides of the […]

DPASO Café & Bakery – an Oasis Coffee Shop in Fontanar Mall

December 2015 Graciela: It looked correct but the question in my mind was would it taste correct. The eclair entered my mouth. The chocolate creme filling contacted my taste buds. Success at last. In 2013 while traveling Singapore I found the best chocolate eclair. Ever since I have been searching for something equivalent in Colombia. […]

Café Kerub – Best Way to Build a Coffee Shop is From the Ground up

August 2015 Michael: Great coffee, friendly service, tasty accompaniments, enjoyable atmosphere. It does not come by accident, but with thought and planning. In the outskirts of Cajicá on a street between the Autopista and Antigua via Chia, my wife and I watched a building go up over the course of several months. Located very near the Colegio […]

El Inglés Gastro Pub- English Restaurant in Bogotá has humour

July 2015 Michael: A sign on the wall exposes the English type chuckles the moment you walk in the door. There were seven of us filing in with my wife in front. I anchored the line snaking single file between he tables and chairs of the narrow rooms. Up front I heard my wife say, “Good, […]

Your Checklist Before Arriving in Colombia

July 2015 Michael: My wife and I want to entice people to visit this interesting and exciting South American Country, plus get maximum enjoyment from your visit. Graciela: We know that a small problem can sometimes hurt an otherwise excellent trip. Therefore Michael and I came up with this list of things you should probably think […]

Colombia is a Country for Travelers

June 2015 Graciela: We were a group of all Colombians and my gringo husband discussing travel to other countries. I mentioned my experiences going to Italy, France, Spain, England, The United States and Mexico. That was during my early 20’s. My protective parents felt better when I took a group tour, which I did in […]

Virgen del Carmen on Colombian Roads

May 2015 When traveling the roads of Colombia one often encounters shrines with car headlights around them. It seems that the majority of them are along the twisting mountain roads where sometimes the geological conditions are such that the road just drops away. Truck and bus drivers are known to stop and light a candle. […]

Stratums or Estratos in Colombia – The Basics

April 2015 Michael: To understand Colombia and its people you need to understand the government stratum system. In speaking people use the word estrato as in “He lives in estrato 4.” To my knowledge Colombia is the only country to have it as law. In the opinion of many the scheme has evolved to deciding […]

Book Review – Short Walks From Bogotá: Journeys in the New Colombia

March 2015 Preliminary tests done at the hospital emergency indicated a possible long stay. My wife’s nephew knew what to do and showed up with a batch of new books. He knows my penchant to learn more about Colombia. We have often traveled together to places in the country where his work has taken him. […]

Gringo es una palabra ofensiva en Colombia?

“Un destino no es solamente un lugar, es realmente una nueva forms de ver las cosas”….Henry Miller Michael: Estàbamos pagando unas cosas que habìamos comprado en un almacèn de Cajicà, Colombia cuando de pronto oimos una voz en la fila detràs de nosotros que dijo: siempre hay la posibilidad de encontrar un Gringo en Home […]

Is Gringo a derogatory word in Colombia?

February 2015 “Ones destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.” …Henry Miller Michael: We paid for our purchases at the store in Cajicá, Colombia. Then a voice boomed from behind us. “You can always find another gringo at Home Center.” The speaker was correct. Those of us from […]

Five Reasons why 2015 is Your Year to Visit Colombia

January 2015 There are many excellent reasons to visit Colombia anytime in the future. Readers have read in our blogs about such things as one of a kind museums like the Gold Museum, stress free Caribbean islands like Providencia and historical cities including Cartagena. However there are five good reasons why you should make 2015 […]

Medellín taxi driver who speaks fluent English

Graciela: Earlier we wrote about a taxi driver in Bogotá who speaks fluent English. But then we received a question from a reader for a different city. “I am flying into Medellín. Do you know of a taxi person there who speaks English?” Michael: The good news is that many taxi operators in Colombia’s second […]

Stroll with us through a place to buy Colombian arts and crafts – Carpe Diem in Usaquen

Michael: Colombia has some great artisians. you can find items that are not anywhere else in the world. One would be remiss to return home without something. Graciela: Of course the absolute best place to see and purchase these useful art pieces is at the Expoartesanias. We wrote about it before showing many photos.Unfortuately it […]

What to Bring a Colombian

It is sometimes necessary to load up your suitcase with food stuffs when visiting Colombian expats. Michael: Not a single U.S. food item haunts my taste buds enough to tell visitors from the States to bring the item when they visit. Such is not possible for Colombians living outside their country. They often have a […]

Photo of the Week – Sign in MRT station in Singapore

Graciela: We are in Singapore and of all the beautiful and wonderful things to photograph my husband stops in the middle of a crowded mass transportation system to record signs. “They won’t get the answer correct,” he said. Michael: Don’t let my wife fool you thinking that the camera remains holstered. I have been pulling […]

A Reader asks Where to Stay in Bogotá

Michael:  We received another question and are glad to answer it. “I will be in Bogotá for a couple days. What is the best hotel to stay at?” a reader asked. With over eight million people in the city covering 668 square miles and millions of visitors each year the choices are numerous. This South […]

Coffee Jeep – Photo of the Week

Michael:  Now this is my type of vehicle. This guy can make you just about any type of coffee you want from his jeep. On the side it says, café, tinto, cappuccino, macchiato. mocha, express and chocolate. And in case there are gringos around, on the back you can read coffee and latte. Graciela: We […]