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MarcXpat
5/28/2022 09:39 EST

Bought a pre construction condo in Cartagena and planning on retiring there. Is there an Expat community there? Any transition suggestions . Do’s and don’ts. Easy to make friends? Trying to be well prepared. Buenos Dias gente!

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MarcXpat
5/29/2022 12:43 EST

Thank SkyMan. I look at Cartagena as a start. Short plane trip back to the US, Has the old historical vibe I like. yet the new development has a great new hospital and what appears to be a wonderful overall urban plan for a Nuevo ciudade. Good amount of English spoken because of the tourist destination, although I can communicate with my Spanish and always improving. At the worst I can keep as a rental - have family in Cali and Bucaramonga . The cost of living in Colombia was also a big factor. All in all I'm excited and when the time comes, I'll have no hesitation.

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SkyMan
5/29/2022 11:34 EST

MarcXpat...Cartagena tends to be one of the more expensive cities in which to live here in Colombia. Any city, in any country that has a large number of turistas es cara. You live in Mimi so you understand that. Costeños are a bit different than let's say Caleños or the people in Medellin. I live in Poblado, Medellin and I find the residents very friendly and quite enjoyable to be around. There are many aspects involved in finding a city/region in Latin America that check all the boxes for you. Buena Suerte !

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5/29/2022 11:01 EST

Thanks for the reply SkyMan. Yes - semantics...."buy"...made a deposit and planning to buy when completed and really looking forward to it. Just inquiring on thoughts that come into my mind for the future. Haven't jumped before I looked. Expat community or not was not the determining factor in my decision. Very familiar with Colombia, have family there and have no hesitations. Be well and thanks again for you thoughts.

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