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Tom Germain

Tom Germain

I was born and raised in Montreal, later moving to Toronto and other parts of Ontario. I spent years working in the financial sector, then discovered the Internet in 1996 and soon became a consultant, a business that still pays my bills today. Making a living from the Internet is significant because it eventually allowed me to live practically anywhere in the world, as my physical location was not that important business-wise.

In 2001, I decided I did not want to endure the harsh Canadian weather and resettled on the island of Cozumel, Mexico. My hunger for exotic surroundings did not stop there, as I later made my home in Argentina, Spain (Canary Islands), Mauritius, and finally Colombia.

I still maintain a home in Windsor (Ontario), Canada, and another in Florida, but my family, namely my wife and 2 year old daughter, is anchored in Medellin.

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Breathless in the Quindio


The Quindio is Colombia's smallest “departamento” or province, but it is without a doubt one which is packed with many attractions. Every village in Quindio is worthy of a day trip. Recently I visited Salento, with side trips to nearby Cocora valley and finishing up in Filandia.

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Things you Need to Know Before you Go: Buying Real Estate


Apartment blocks are growing like weeds in big Colombian cities. More and more Colombians are able to afford them thanks to government subsidies to lower income families. Wealthy investors buy scores of more pricey units which they then put on the rental market. Despite the growing supply, there is still a housing shortage and prices as well as rents continue to climb with no end in sight despite some experts' claims that the real estate bubble will soon burst.

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  • monika
    monika says #
    Thank you very much for your advise. I really appreciate the time you took to clue potential buyers in.

Things you Need to Know Before you Go: Money and Banking


Whether you are visiting or planning to live in another country, arriving prepared will avoid a lot of woes. Colombia may sound exotic, but it's not as if you will be landing on another planet either.  Let me make the transition a little easier by giving you the rundown on everything everybody needs to know! Today let us tackle money, which some attribute all evil to, but be that as it may, it is also a necessary evil!

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  • Bruce
    Bruce says #
    My fiancée and I are planning to move to Bogota get married and file for residency. We are looking for information pertaining to t...
  • Felix Rivera
    Felix Rivera says #
    Hi, I hope you can help me out. What info does a person in Colombia needs to provide their Colombia Bank to wire funds out of thei...

Ráquira, Queen of the Candelaria Desert

Recently I visited Villa de Leyva, the historic town in the state of Boyaca. I also made a quick side trip to Ráquira, the colorful village famous for its ceramics that lies only 45 minutes away by road.

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    Tom Germain says #
    Danke scheun, Fraulein Swinnen!
  • Colombia Fácil
    Colombia Fácil says #
    Great stuff Tom! Here are some more pictures of Ráquira ->www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.276534215700948.70233.213724738648563&...

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