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Bogota’s British Cemetery


The drizzle envelops us in Bogota all too reminiscent of a dull October morning in London. As the grey clouds obscure the ridges of the Cerros Orientales, the telltale pines and eucalyptus vanish, and you could be almost anywhere but for the thin oxygen, the red transmilenio buses and towering billboards of Aguila girls.

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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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    Good advice. BBVA has ATMs all over, but they don't work with BOA ATM cards You have to call your credit card companies ahead of...
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    My fiancée and I are planning to move to Bogota get married and file for residency. We are looking for information pertaining to t...

Colombia's Forgotten Conquistador Alonso de Ojeda


My thoughts are elsewhere as I clutch at tufts of grass and haul myself up the steep hillside, sweating profusely in the soporific heat all the while desperately trying to keep up with my guide. Each dry discarded or felled tree appears in my line of sight as a possible lurking place for some venomous creature or another, and risking increasing the distance between the guide and me, I skirt around the edges rather than suffer the possible consequences. And then we arrive at the hillcrest, and below us the claustrophobic confines and still Caribbean waters of the Gulf of Urabá open out with clear views west onto the famed Darien region and from up here I can understand why, in 1509, Spanish Conquistador Alonso de Ojeda, chose this spot.

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The Storytellers of La Plaza del Chorro

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Visit La Plaza del Chorro in La Candelaria many afternoons and evenings when the universities are in session (and it's not raining) and you'll see a group of mostly young people gathered on the steps of the chapel, probably laughing. They're not watching television or playing with their Ipods, but enjoying one of the oldest forms of human entertainment - storytelling. It's a tradition here, which not only entertains, but also helps pay storytellers' way through college. See Diego, one of the best-known storytellers, tell a crazy tale here.

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