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Living in Colombia: Finding the Charm in Bogota

By Kathleen Peddicord

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Summary: At first view, Bogota reminded Kathleen Peddicord of some West Baltimore neighborhoods (where she grew up). But, she found old Bogota to be charming. "While modern Bogota is urban sprawl defined, old Bogota is the most impressive and extensive collection of Spanish colonial structures I've seen," explained Peddicord.

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Established in 2008, Live and Invest Overseas is the vision of Publisher Kathleen Peddicord.

Kathleen Peddicord has covered the live and invest overseas beat for more than 25 years and is considered the world's foremost authority on overseas retirement. She has traveled to more than 50 countries, invested in real estate in 17, established businesses in 7, renovated historic properties in 6, and educated her children in 4.

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Comments

guest
Sep 10, 2011 22:37

Kathleen, your article is definitely too negative. I was born in Bogotá but have lived in the States for the past 48 years. I visit my old hometown every 2 or 3 years. Obviously you didn't spend enough time in the city to be able to give an authoritative opinion about it. I have been to just about every major and not so major city in the States and can tell you that many of them do not have any redeeming qualities to write home about, including Baltimore. Bogotá has been called the Athens of South America, and for a very good reason. This means, and I hope you are familiar with the term, that the city is uppermost a cultural center, but apparently you missed this very important aspect. I would suggest that in the future, you become better informed about a topic before putting it in writing. Rafael Ramirez

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Jul 11, 2015 06:05

Not accurate at all as of 2015...the north of Bogota has plenty of upscale shopping, clean residential streets, trendy restaurants. Safety is good & you can use Uber to get around at reasonable cost. The area downtown called La Candelaria, described in the post, is a highlight and historic...but north Bogota is where most tourists would stay & expats would choose to rent. Bogota can be enjoyed & the author should give it another visit!

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Sep 2, 2015 12:11

When you visit next time, may I suggest you don't just whistle through the city, hire a driver for the day, and pop into the odd museum or bookshop.shutting yourself away from real life. If you want to know Bogota, embrace the people, embrace the culture, embrace the life here. Spend time here, and explore. Not just the touristy spots like La Candelaria, Monserrate and then go home and write about it. There is much more to Bogota, or indeed Colombia than what you have written. You don't appear to know Bogota at all. If you describe yourself as the "World's Foremost Authority" on overseas retirement, I am sorry to tell you, but you have lost any credibility on that score that you may have had.

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