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Cost to live good in Cartagena?

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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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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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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
and british one, 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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