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bigjailerman replied to the thread Colombian Customs on the Colombia forum on March 27, 2015:
edgardiser initially posted:
I am married to a Colombian national and moving to Bogota in December. If I purchase a one way airline ticket will this create any issues going though Customs ?
bigjailerman replied on March 26, 2015 with:
Hey Poco, based on your response I have my own question.. I always thought the host country is calling it out and possibly requesting the return ticket. My thinking was they wanted to ensure that a visitor wasnt creating am immigration issue. If it's the other way around, and it is your country that is looking for a return ticket I always had it wrong..
edgardiser replied on March 26, 2015 with:
In the past four years of entering Bogota, never had a Visa nor asked about a return ticket. But now I am actually going to stay in Bogota.
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JohnEscobar replied to the thread What car to rent on the Colombia forum on March 26, 2015:
beo initially posted:
I'll be traveling around Colombia for 3 weeks (Bogota, Villa de Leyva, Medellin, Cartagena, Coffee region, emerald mines, small towns, ...) What car should I rent: a standaard car, or will an SUV make a big difference? I know the normal highways are probably very OK, but what about the small roads? (I'll be traveling in April) Thanks.
JohnEscobar replied on March 26, 2015 with:
I think you will be ok with a small SUV
thelocogringo replied on March 25, 2015 with:
Thanks Screw, I will give them a call.
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Pacho1983 posted Cigna on the Colombia forum on March 26, 2015:
Have any of you expats had experience with Cigna Health Insurance. Good, bad, indiferrent? Trying to decide if it is a good choice.
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JohnEscobar replied to the thread thiniking of moving here. on the Colombia forum on March 26, 2015:
doniston initially posted:
I am an older man who would lke to relocate somewhere on the northern coast of Columbia. In the general area of Santa Marta. Are any of you from, or living in that area? I am full of questions. Thanks in advance. Doniston.
JohnEscobar replied on March 26, 2015 with:
i can help with information as I'm a Colombian native
doniston replied on March 26, 2015 with:
Yah, me too
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soon2bco replied to the thread rental scammers on the Colombia forum on March 24, 2015:
soon2bco initially posted:
Beware I was scammed at xmas time had rented a 2brm 4 0r 5 star 3 mos advance with paypal. Ckd 3 times 2 b sure. Day I left EEUU Told its not available they switched me 2 a dump $1200.us/wk. Used VCBO Jason Secondo and Joey also have Abnb propeties BEWARE.
soon2bco replied on March 24, 2015 with:
No refund or compromise. was impossible to get anything else we were arriving dec30 nothing available.
bigjailerman replied on March 24, 2015 with:
Wow that sucks, were you able to work it out through PayPal? They are usually good like that..
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Edwinjcb replied to the thread Need spanish translator in Bogota on the Colombia forum on March 24, 2015:
Edwinjcb initially posted:
I'm traveling to meet a female friend for the first time in Bogota. Problem is she knows very little English, and I know little spanish. I'm looking to hire someone who is bilingual to spend time with us helping to translate and facilitate conversation. Might be neede 1-3 hours per day for about a week. Willing to pay reasonable compensation. If interested, please send message. thanks
Edwinjcb replied on March 24, 2015 with:
Thank you, I'll contact Sandra asap!
thelocogringo replied on March 24, 2015 with:
and no additional expenses for translation services. Its a two-fer.
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Patricio replied to the thread I need classmates to join me on a Spanish Course on the Colombia forum on March 23, 2015:
gshergold initially posted:
Hi I'm looking for 3 expats looking to learn Spanish with me in Bogotá. The course is held at Ibraco and the more students the cheaper the lessons. Let me know. Thanks.
Patricio replied on March 23, 2015 with:
There are a lot of unanswered questions. Is there a placement test for student level. Not everyone is a nivel 1. Also what are the teacher's qualifications, are they accredited the same as for example, Universidad Nacional teachers or the other well-known Bogota universities. The price is not bad for a small class but not as inexpensive as UNAL.
cdrbillg replied on March 23, 2015 with:
When will the classes start? Which days of the week?
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bigjailerman replied to the thread Kombucha Scobie on the Colombia forum on March 23, 2015:
LuzBrillante888 initially posted:
HI Does anyone know where i can find a Kombucha scobie in Medellin?
bigjailerman replied on March 23, 2015 with:
This turned up in a search. http://www.expatexchange.com/expat/index.cfm?frmid=190&tpcid=3386344&ms=flat&order=DESC Does that stuff work? I never knew much about it..
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Edwinjcb replied to the thread COMING TO MANIZALES? on the Colombia forum on March 23, 2015:
joenancy initially posted:
anybody traveling soon to Manizales? I could use a little help with a cell phone. thanks
Edwinjcb replied on March 23, 2015 with:
I might be going there in April. What did you need? Edwin
joenancy replied on March 14, 2015 with:
thanks, but I wanted somebody to bring me something. I appreciate the reply.
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dandrie replied to the thread FROGS & FUNGI?? on the Colombia forum on March 21, 2015:
EArtHEx60 initially posted:
Hi, am most seriously wanting to visit Medellin area late this summer. I have plans on off the grid living in kind place. I have one question that is HUGE to me. Is it EVER sunny in Medellin? I downloaded weather app for Medellin two weeks ago. EVERY time I look it is either thunder storming or raining. Seriously, have looked at app at least 5X/day for 2 weeks which is at least 70 times. Just guessing, Out of 70 views I'd say 55 times thunderstorm, 2 times rain, 2 times drizzle, 4 times cloudy and 7 times mostly cloudy. (i.e. 10 (TEN)% of the time it is MOSTLY CLOUDY and 90% CLOUDY. 0% Sunny and 0% Partly cloudy). So, the sunny side of Medellin is that at the sunniest the city is MOSTLY CLOUDY & only TEN% of the time!!!! Ychhh. Worried. Also, weather apps vary widely. I see that it is usually cold (19c) in Medellin day and night. Then odd,brief spikes (an hour or two) where it hits 27c and then drops back to19c in an hour. Is Medellin really that dismal???
dandrie replied on March 21, 2015 with:
I did the same thing, before moving to Medellin 1 yr ago. In fact, I still check it out... because it is always wrong! it says we have sun...when its raining...and raining when we have sun! So, forget the international weather forecasts and current conditions you find online. they dont apply here. I love Colombia, and I love Medellin.... but, the weather here isnt really fulfilling my dream of living in a warm climate. having said that, the weather is the ONLY issue for me here. I LOVE Medellin. But, its like living in Vancouver Canada, the rain makes you REALLY appreciate the sunny days! I would suggest that you come for a while...check it out... see if it works for you. Best. doug
Andresen replied on March 20, 2015 with:
I remember looking at weather reports and thinking they were crazy. First, I'm used to Fahrenheit not Celsius so I can't relate to your temps. Weather here is usually warm and dry. If I walk, or sit in a bus or taxi not moving in traffic, I start to overheat. There are rainy months - October and May having the most.
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