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masterita replied to the thread Mail Delivery on the Colombia forum on April 20, 2014:
spank12 initially posted:
Good Morning,,, I would like to know, anyone have any recommendations about companies, that can be used to ship, mail, like credit cards, or other important letter type items, from the states??? FedEx?? Good safety rating
masterita replied 3 hours ago with:
Most reliable and on time that I have used with shipping to and from Colombia is FedEx. They are expensive though, you get what you pay for.
Andresen replied on April 19, 2014 with:
Here in Medellin I have an account with Mail Box Etc. for receiving mail. I haven't sent anything as of yet. I pay about $15 a month for that service. The office I use is in El Poblado near Parque Poblado.
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travelingdoc replied to the thread need english speaking chiropractor. .. on the Colombia forum on April 18, 2014:
andrewg initially posted:
iving in medellin and really need a chiropractor. my spanish is still very bad so i would love to find an english speaking one.
travelingdoc replied on April 18, 2014 with:
i will be in town the week of 4th of july. i will be happy to help you. travelingdoc.
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Tyee44 replied to the thread ritalin or aderall in Colombia? on the Colombia forum on April 16, 2014:
dsmguy initially posted:
Is it possible to get ritalin in Colombia? I have asked several pharmacies and can't find it.
Tyee44 replied on April 16, 2014 with:
Thanks, let us know when you get to Armenia. There are a couple of us, old salty dogs living nearby. Bryan
joeharrison replied on April 16, 2014 with:
Although I currently live in Costa Rica, I'm planning to move to the Armenia (Quindio) area in August, so am following this site with interest. I use Lisinopril and here -- I think Colombia too -- it is called: Enalapril. If you use the version with HCTZ, you may have to get a separate pill for that. joe
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thelocogringo replied to the thread masage therapist on the Colombia forum on April 15, 2014:
jagledoux initially posted:
does any one use a massage therapist in Bogota? I am looking for a therapeutic male therapist
thelocogringo replied on April 15, 2014 with:
After living on the coast several years and always looking for a good massage, the best masajista are big black women who have been doing this for several years. They have powerfully hands and are very sturdy. They tend to be experts in relieving all types of physical pains and gentle when needed. I am a little curious about something. When the ladies have a full body massage from a male masseuse, do they usually end on a happy note. I have always wondered about that.
Waltercito replied on April 15, 2014 with:
Well, in my 10 years of visiting Bogota with my wife, I have yet to find anyone that can come close to massage *therapy* as practiced in Europe and the States - massage training is included in their skin care programs, the result being that virtually all *therapists* are young and female (it also seems to be the rule that they are all really cute); this suits the clients with the predominant homophobic (Hispanic) male personality, but means that the best therapists - men - are not available. I went to Club Largata - an old and large country club - and was treated to an oily rub-down (from a tiny, cutesy, untrained female) that never really touched any muscle fibers - just rubbed oil around on my skin; another time, my wife took me to her esthetician, who assured me that she was *strong* - wrong...very caring, very gentle, rather ineffective; then, last month, we went to a spa - I think in the barrio referred to as "Country." The young girl was very sweet, and clearly attempted to follow a routine, but was the most petite girl in the spa...this, after I specified on the phone that, in the absence of a male therapist, I needed a big, strong female; I reiterated this when we signed in and paid, and stated so again to the spa supervisor when we changed clothes - and was assured each time *no preocupes* - I suppose it was my greedy karma that I got the tiniest employee they had. Anyway, I would also love to hear of skilled therapist in Bogota. Good luck with the hunt.
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Waltercito replied to the thread Medellin Interviews on the Colombia forum on April 15, 2014:
tvfilmproducer initially posted:
Today at 9:16 PM To all those who recently replied to my post: "Why Do Live in Medellin?", first let me say that I am in a similar position, at 67 I'm facing a divorce in the summer and my net worth severely diminished. I've been interested in living someplace in South America, Europe or Asia. I have completed tons of research,and I still have not made a decision. There seems to be too many variables. Then it dawn on me that there are millions of people in North America and Europe that have the same desire, but also face same questions. This television series is in development. It's not on the air, yet. The goal of the series is to provide viewers useful information about 39 of the top places to consider living outside of their home country. I'm interested in knowing hy you chose Medellin and not Panama City, Cuenca Ecuador or Belize. There must be something to this town and area that keeps you here. This is the focus of the interview. Please consider giving me you insight. The interview will take approximately 30 to 45 minutes and it will be recorded. The interviews are for presentation purpose to show the wide range of individuals and stories that have chosen to live outside there home country. I have a limited time in Medellin, so please respond, off list, if you prefer and let's set a day and time this week. My email is and my Colombian cell phone is 3137317044. Hope to hear from you soon. Larry
Waltercito replied on April 15, 2014 with:
Ja! ElinglesLoco, you really are *loco* - but I agree...I didn't move way down here to hang around with other gringos...hell, I don't know too many gringos I would want to hang around with...big part of why I left. Mr. FilmProducer, I too, am 67, on a small pension, married to a Colombian (my second marriage.) If she and her family didn't already have property here, I'm not sure where we'd be; if I was single, I would probably head to Ambergris Key, Belize or Cuenca, Ecuador.
ElinglesLoco replied on April 14, 2014 with:
""" I don't like having to many other expats around. It kind of takes away from the culture and lifestyle of living in a different country.""" Hey, I can relate to that. Its exactly how I feel. Ok, its good to have an occasional drink with another Brit, (like once in a blue moon), but on the whole, I didn't come here to be British, live with Brits, and form a Brit community? Yuk !!! I could have stayed in England. In fact, if people ask me, I tell them how dangerous it is, the crime, the guerrillas, kidnappings, extortion, the extremely high cost of living, and oh, so many problems. lol.
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Patricio replied to the thread Is it necessary to speak Spanish in Colombia to meet women on the Colombia forum on April 14, 2014:
stevejoel initially posted:
Is it necessary to speak Spanish in Colombia to meet girls?
Patricio replied on April 14, 2014 with:
Thanks Edwin! Appreciate the interest. I have been married to a Latin, Chilean, for many years, and have spent much time around the culture both in visitng countries and in South Florida, Miami specifically when we had apartments there, and she has family, friends and business contacts, I have learned both the language and have gleaned much from listening to conversations in which I was not necessarily being addressed . She is an active real estate broker licensed in Dade county. From Colombian amigas, over the years I recall stories of multiple women in Latin America somehow down on their luck or essentially maneuvering to leave their respective paises for the US. And often the only solution at hand was meeting and entering a relationship with an American who she felt was able to provide. My poiint was that with the internet age, and a small increase in living standards and LA starting to catch up with the US at least in selected sectors, people overall have become more sophisticated. I have also seen people, OK male Americans, act like "ugly" ones when attempting to procure or engage females in LA. Glaring examples can be seen in the DR. The more sophisticated with some class are looking for more and know how to play hardball as do the men, and often the purpose is not to find love, but security and a better standard of living, and the love part can be a fleeting illusion for him..
masterita replied on April 14, 2014 with:
It Is only necessary to speak Spanish if the girl you would like to meet doesn't speak English and you intend to have a meaningful relationship with them.
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paladino replied to the thread hy do you live in Medellin??? on the Colombia forum on April 13, 2014:
tvfilmproducer initially posted:
Hi, I a television producer from the states that is in Medellin from 4/12/14 to 4/19/14. I would like to interview North American Expats that have chosen to live in Medellin. You could be retired or not. I'm doing research on what draws people live in 39 places around the world. Please contact me directly at Thanks Larry
paladino replied on April 13, 2014 with:
Well imagine that? I am not alone! You could easily replace UK with USA and everything you referenced is exactly the same in my previous country. To be honest I am not sure if I will stay in Colombia for more than a few years. I really enjoy the prospect of trying out some more countries before i kick the can. Colombia has been a good start and as I become more acclimatized in the necessary ways I can guarantee I will enjoy LA more than I already do. What I can say with total abandon is that I hope to never have to return to live in the USA. It's sort of like a battered wife thing... she puts up with the abuse because it's the only way she has to survive but once she breaks the shackles of fear she will never return. That's sorta how I feel about my original country and I am sad at times. The USA was a great place in many ways for the first half of my life... now not so much. eh!
ElinglesLoco replied on April 13, 2014 with:
Echoed my sentiments exactly, Paladino. Je Je. Same reasons I left the UK. Had a thriving business for over 20 years, screwed left right and centre by the government, to pay for all the terrorists, criminals, and lazy benefit scroungers, so I came to a place where I could get away from all the crap, "human rights" legislation, and subsidising people who have no intention of getting off their fat ass. Yep, it will take more than an hour's show to even get started. He He. The TV producer guy should turn it into an epic, longer than War & Peace, if he wants to portray the truth. But no-one wants to watch stuff like that. They just want more money, (which we supply - or used to supply).
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spank12 posted Step son on the Colombia forum on April 13, 2014:
Anyone out there in the same boat. I have a great step-son. I hope to hear from folks that have dealt with the Colombian law system, what rights or what headaches can the natural father, put you thru??? I know you can not leave country without permission, but what about moving to different cities in country?? paying child support,, All the normal issues, when they don't play nice tks
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paladino replied to the thread Girl needs Advise.. From expats in Colombia on the Colombia forum on April 13, 2014:
mindtraveler initially posted:
Hi everyone.. Petrified here. First time in my life i I post anything on a forum. I live in NY close to the park on Columbus ave, and have been here for 7 years. Came here to study English and then was supposed to go back home but I didn't go back . I stayed... Only child overprotective mommy. Next month I'm going back to live in Manizales to be close to my parents as they are getting older but i consider myself an expat because I struggle with a lot of things about my culture. I.E (in high school I was the one challenging anything that was portrait to me as an absolute truth. I was supposed to be polite but always created friendly arguments to make people think.... Well.. I guess the question is how can I go back to my beautiful Colombia and still be able be able to keep my American self. (Would like to be able to be closer to expect that would be able to understand me better and not be close minded. Have I been maybe so long on my own that now I'm being judgmental about my friendly roots?
paladino replied on April 13, 2014 with:
I just wanted to make clear to Mindtraveler that Masterita lives in Manizales. I was not sure that it came across clearly.
iguanalover replied on April 10, 2014 with:
mindtraveler, you are not alone. There are many out there just like you who have grown up in another country and returned to their country of birth. Embrace both, take the good from each and make your own life. Look for others like yourself, you will find them.
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monterey29 posted Private Bilingual Schools in Medellin? on the Colombia forum on April 13, 2014:
We are moving from the US to Medellin in about a year! We have 2 elementary school aged children and are researching bilingual schools early. Can anyone give some recommendations? The Columbus school is not taking new registrations/students till 2018, yikes! ANY advise or recommendation is appreciated :) Thank you
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