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Thanks so much for this! Really helpful! Yes, I suppose I don't want to be the 30 year old with others doing a pit-stop on their gap year. I want to make community, but in ways meaningful to me, such as a good one on one conversation, cooking together, yes drinking, but not as an every day occurence. I suppose it's been a while since I've lived in a new place and I have that fear of being unable to go out an socialise, so co-living seems like a good introduction to a new place that i can leverage to get comfortable before moving on. But perhaps, as you say, there are other ways to network, maybe I need to look into that more!
Hi UTPERESKD. I don't have experience coliving, but I know Bogota pretty well. I have a house in Choachรญ, which is a village an hour over the mountains (and about 100 years back in time), and I usually come to Bogotรก every week. It's really easy to make friends, especially if you speak spanish โ€“ Colombians are immensely warm and welcoming. In fact, it can be overwhelming with the quantity of opportunities for socializing that I'm always happy to return to my village where there is just farmers and village people. If you'll be there soon (I'm going to Mexico on March 8th) I'd be happy to give you a tour and introduce you to some people.
Hey gcqrate thanks so much for your kind message and offer! I will not be in Bogota until July, but would love to take you up on it then if it still stands. My Spanish is poor, but I intend on using the next few months to get somewhat conversational! Hope I get the opportunity to meet you ๐Ÿ™‚
odxfmyi oh wow, what a history! He endured a lot! Awesome - I'll let you know when I confirm my dates, and hope we can meet then! Thanks again for all your help!
If you want, I can share the audio lessons, but I don't have link-sharing privileges in this slack yet, so you'll have to let me contact you another way.
Anyone who went to the Barranquilla Carnival has my eternal envy
sblipztfudfqu just arrived in Minca, #colombia
For anyone in Minca - can you really work there? I visited 5 years ago and it felt extremely rural. Would love to go back this year but I'm worried about network speeds/availability
Itโ€™s not a place for working...
Itโ€™s not extremely rural anymore, very much tourist central, but in terms of connectivity I donโ€™t it changed much
Got it
I was there a year and a half ago and had no problems! I stayed at a hostel (canโ€™t remember the name) but I specifically looked for one that said it had good internet in the reviews. I also met another digital nomad at that same hostel and we ended up traveling together on and off for 6 months all the way down to Chile. I think you can make it work.
just before I'm going obviously.
I stayed at EcoPoint. But just for the weekend. The Wi-Fi was fine but I didn't work. I'm just about to end my 3 week's in Santa Marta. Loved, loved, loved staying at Flamingo
nowhere is safe lol
I was just in Minca a few days ago. I stayed at a hostel/Airbnb called Akainoie. The internet was usable, about 5Mbps download. I noticed it went down for about 20 minutes. People told me the power also goes off occasionally, but I didn't experience it. The Akainoie house doesn't have any ceiling insulation so it is very hot during sunny days, the only comfortable place is outside on the terrace. I'm sure there are better places to stay.

I didn't find any public places in Minca to work comfortably. It's really hot there right now during the day, and insects at night. Restaurants and cafes all seem to be open air with no air conditioning.

Santa Marta has lots of great cafes and restaurants, some with A/C but most with fans and are not uncomfortable during the day. "Ikaro Cafe" and "La Canoa" are both excellent. Famingo Coworking is good, and Biblioteca Banco de la Republica is a quiet peaceful place although it's a bit warm inside.
I think 5mbps download is below my threshold. 10 is about as low as I can go
Howโ€™s healthcare in Colombia? Iโ€™m considering to make a move to Medellin, but want to be prepared for the worst
cifhcuylrhvaibb just arrived in โ›ฐ #medellin #colombia
pfcgbyevh Colombia has the best health care in South America. Medellin specifically is 1 of the best in hospitals in the country, with Bucaramanga being in the top 3 I think, I can't remember the details sadly, it's been a few years since I've confirmed the most recent details.
Ah, wish you sent this earlier, U06FZSVT8. I cancelled my flight this morning and am in the process of cancelling my Airbnb now.
Airbnb in Colombia is still contentious btw, some units have been raided by officials for being illegal hotels, or at least they were in 2017
Yeah, I think there is some rule where you need a separate license or for guests to stay for at least a month.
I'm headed to Medellin in 2 weeks
Hopefully I can still get a flight
Argentina is starting to issue government decrees
the official decree here is 2 weeks quarantine at your hotel/apartment, paid by the visitor
if you're coming from Europe
but I can easily see it becoming a general rule for all international incoming flights
it sounds like colombia govt are taking this issue pretty seriously
I still want to get in on Tuesday ๐Ÿ˜…
Peso at record lows against the dollar and euro today. might be a good time to hit a bank ๐Ÿ’ธ
Not sure if this makes me more or less likely to fly in on Tuesday ๐Ÿ˜…
Looks like they are reacting fast at least
The VP of Venezuela โ€œ(Duque) is handing the borders to Colombian paramilitaries to dodge the necessary epidemiological and sanitary controls that the crisis warrants,โ€ she said on Twitter.
That doesn't sound good at all.
Evil is so real, y'all.
It is absolutely EVIL of that woman to say that as she continues to support the government that has caused the displacement of Venezuelans worldwide
I'm flabbergasted that someone could be so blinded by their One Party allegiance
This is like the gov of China, responsible for the outbreak due to their lack of enforcement of safety standards, giving itself a pat on the back for being leaders in handling the pandemic
tiszmfnihzzfrxi just arrived in โ›ฐ #medellin #colombia
dzsviwhjulydb just arrived in โ›ฐ #medellin #colombia
theyโ€™re also preventing colombian citizens from entering or exiting now
I guess the prohibition on exit makes sense... they don't want folks leaving and then re-entering with the virus
At least not till that first wave has crested
you can still fly out if you really need to, but the question is where youโ€™d go to
gvmcxnebcvwuowa just arrived in โ›ฐ #medellin #colombia
My dad's going to be stuck there ๐Ÿ˜ซ
He flew in last week
why is he stuck? you can still fly out
I understand that as only โ€œall the land, sea and river bordersโ€ closed โ€“ย so air borders are open still.
airports are open. a lot of flights get canceled, but a friend just flew from Bogotรก to London yesterday
Yea I just flew from MDE to Miami on Tuesday. And another friend from MDE to Toronto on Wednesday. Flights are still all good.
I'm extremely happy to read all of this, no joke
I just hope that by the 25th he can still fly out :(
he might want to try to change it to an earlier flight U06FZSVT8br />the promise is to stop arrivals, but if there are no arrivals, I wouldnโ€™t expect too many departures either
The likelihood of that happening is low, hence why he's probably going to get stuck there ๐Ÿ˜ž
Hereโ€™s the link if youโ€™re looking to extend your tourist visa another 90 days ().
someone in santa marta with a secret beach hide out where the police donโ€™t kick u out for the weekend ? :<
Well seeing how many global police departments are reducing enforcement of petty crimes due to COVID-19, you might find it completely ok to stay on just about any beach soon.
I spent a couple of nights at Cantamar Beach Hostel. It's right on the beach just south of Rodadero.
Uhhh that cuts both ways if there's less policing there's also more likelihood for crimes going unanswered for
Big reminder that there was an attack and rape of a group of tourists at the Santa Marta beaches a few years ago after the tourists weren't supposed to be there. I think they slept over and a group of shitty locals attacked the guys and raped the girl that was with them.
they almost send me to jail just for walking in the sand ^^,
Ah today?
My dad's "stuck" in Colombia until April 21st ๐Ÿ™ƒ
He's happy because he's spending time with his mom, she's in her mid-90s and hanging out with his bros
I'm like ๐Ÿ™ƒ and now my mom's at home in Canada by herself for a month ๐Ÿฅด
Can an American still travel to Colombia via air from Brazil?
Is there anyway to enter Colombia right now?
Without residency?
whole country is in quarantine right now, no international (or domestic either) flights to/from the country
And it wouldn't make much sense to come here. Everything's pretty much dead. No bars or restaurants. Traveling between cities is a mess ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ
That's bad but also good ๐Ÿ˜ฅ
It's good; it's a good response for a country whose infrastructure could easily collapse (and still might) if this isn't dealt with promptly.
ganywibt just arrived in Santa Marta, #colombia
ยฟComo estรกn? Is everyone stuck at home, or are you going for walks and stuff? I'm stuck in India at the moment ๐Ÿ˜…
rmmpwdsz I'm curious how you got to Santa Marta. I recently left Santa Marta after considering staying there for the duration of this situation. I decided to go back home as planned.
Had to cancel it, Iโ€™m still in Medellin. I was going to fly tomorrow there. I have visa until the end of May and Iโ€™m working remotely so Iโ€™m okay for now. I hope the situation gets better in the coming weeks, Colombia was not hit hard and they took measures really quick
Just updated my nomad list profile ๐Ÿคฃ
That makes more sense. Being comfortable with remote work has been a huge advantage.
I've been downstairs to catch some sunlight. Haven't left the perimeter in 2 weeks lol
How are you enjoying Barranquilla?
My only outside walks have been going to the supermarket. At least I chose one 15-20 mins away, but I miss being able to go for a run
I came back to Bogota about 3 weeks ago. Been quarantined for the past 15 days :)
I'm in Cerritos, Pereira... and it's pretty wonderful. Colombia is in total lockdown. I went to downtown Pereira today and got stopped by three cops. All very nice and let me through because I was doing things related to food.
My dad's trying to get to Canada. Canada was trying to convince him to get on a 9 hour mountain/cliff ride from Bucaramanga to Bogotรก ๐Ÿ˜–
Fam is like "lol no"
Pretty sure buses aren't running. Couldn't even do it if he wanted
No, i mean it's a chartered bus from the canadian consulate
it's an extraction vehicle with specific paperwork
ah ok, nice they're doing that. bus travel in Colombia isn't the most comfortable. I would wait it out in Buca too ๐Ÿ˜…
Yeah, for real ๐Ÿ˜“
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