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Cost to live good in Cartagena?

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hinkley23
2/19/2011 09:56 EST

I have a chance to go with my family down to Cartagena. I also have a possible job offer. My question is how much money will I need to live good? I don't mean tourist, wealthy good. More like nice house/apt to rent in a better, safe neighborhood. Overall a good quality of life. This income would be the only income for myself, wife and two kids 5 and 7.

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kimbo47
2/20/2011 00:26 EST

Cartagena is one of the most expensive cities in Colombia and certain items like real estate as just as expensive as the US. You are 4 and will probably need to put your kids in private school so you need to factor this in. Also if you need a car its expensive to buy one in Colombia. Since you say nothing of the salary I can't tell you if you can have a comfortable life. remember the electricity is expensive.

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rtrucco

From: Spain
2/21/2011 16:18 EST

Hi, important if your expat package includes private school, that can make areal difference on the budget. There is an american school http://www.cojowa.edu.co/
and british one http://www.colbritanico.com, if you send me your email on private I will send you interesting contacts that speak english and can give you info. 11 years ago I lived there. Regards,

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