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๐Ÿ›ฌ cyiaqoysbox just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ผ Oranjestad,Aruba, #latin-america
๐Ÿ›ฌ pmqlthxdsie just arrived in ๐Ÿ Willemstad,Curaรงao, #latin-america
๐Ÿ›ฌ lxoaqmbploc just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ผ Oranjestad,Aruba, #latin-america
Hey all, looking to head to Buenos Aires in a couple months. Two people on a budget of roughly $2k/mo. Probably sticking around 1-3 months. Any suggestions on what parts of the city to look for housing in, and on which apps/websites? Also, is the internet as bad as the digital nomads website says, 4mb average??
regarding speed. I was in 2 airbnbs in Palermo Area and both had excellent connections above 50MB. Never needed my 4G backup in 5 months
๐Ÿ›ฌ olffvujdrk just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ป San Salvador,El Salvador, #latin-america
interested to hear more about your 4G backup setup as a nomad. hardware? cost? speed? how does it change country to country
I use www.dlink.com/en/products/dwr-921-4g-lte-routerbr />Was the only option I found in country i was before I started travelling back then
Cost of router and sim card/prepaid traffic depends on country you are. speed same. I was 5 months in Sri Lanka where 4G is quiet expensive and even staying in the capital, but a high apartment, the connection was very bad, but in all other places it was ok for video calls.
Other option is a much smaller 4G USB modem. I preferred a router that i can also use for LAN if I need.
hey cpzefbycan if you are in latin america, I can definitely help you find one, thatโ€™s what we do at Plaand
Thanks Abad, I was asking about coliving spaces. I already have a remote job ๐Ÿค”
Sorry, sent it to you on the wrong channel, I've seen you were asking about 100k paying jobs
awesome, just registered!
Anyone been to the Outsite in Santa Teresa (CR)?
Are there any COVID restrictions in Argentina? Do you need a negative covid test or proof of vaccination?
I donโ€™t think so.
No restrictions except to wear a mask in public transit, but itโ€™s only really enforced on the lines to and from Parque Arvis. I donโ€™t remember if I needed covid test or vaccination to enter, but they did ask for proof of return flight (which I had to buy at the airport 1 hour before my flight departed lol, do not recommend. Later I just canceled it and booked an actual one out).
but did you have to buy return flight back to the country you are flying from? (I am flying from the USA)
I donโ€™t think they had a requirement, they just wanted to see a ticket out of the country. I flew from the USA as well, remember that you can buy a ticket and if you cancel within 24 hours you will get refunded. Thatโ€™s what I did, I canceled immediately after I got to my airbnb. Three weeks later I bought a new ticket and extended my stay by two weeks (border stamped my passport with permission for 2 months I think, instead of my original 1 month plan).
I did buy my return ticket to the USA both times though.
yeh its v nice, just keep in mind youโ€™ll probably want to rent an atv for ~$100/day coz its a bit of a mission to walk up/down from if you wanna go out a few times a day
Not yet, but looking at the bahamas as a next option to live. Seems there is very little info in this community
Gonna be heading to Argentina in a couple of months. Initially planning to stay there for 2 months. Any recommendations in terms of accomodation in Buenos Aires? Cheers! Gracias, Danke, merci!!!!
you might want to ask in #argentina
Other than that try relevant Facebook groups
Thank you guys!
Anyone in Lima or going to Lima soon that I could ask a favor of?
I'm in Lima but leaving soon. Better to ask in the #peru channel ๐Ÿ™‚
I'm looking for recommendations for a Spanish teacher that could do private lessons with me online. I think it would be great if the teacher also spoke good English and was able to explain concepts to me in English. I've tried in-person lessons, but given how often I move, I think finding someone online is ideal.
did you give italki a try?
I have a friend thatโ€™s been teaching Spanish through iTalki for a while now, I can send you his contact if you want ๐Ÿ˜„
BaseLang!
They have a set curriculum that you can stick to strongly or loosely as you want, so you can practice the subjects you particularly want to put it more in their hands and feel like youโ€™re working towards some thing. Theyโ€™ve put a lot of thought into the learning methodology and the structure of it is good.
Teachers are very available. The model is you pay a flat subscription per week/month and take unlimited classes whenever you want with whatever teacher you who's available.
osmmoeogivso could you post that link in here? Having a hard time extracting the text ๐Ÿ™
Awesome! Appreciate all of the suggestions! bbgjjvmcd let me research my options and get back to you
I'm going in October
Thanks guys!
Basically I had my phone stolen and now it's in a shop in Lima, but I still have no idea how to get it without going there and running away with it
Follow up โ“ Suggestions for language learning software that doesn't suck? I've thought about this some more, and while I very well might go with private lessons, I am very much an autodidact, and for most subjects I've mastered, they've been things I've taught myself. But I do understand that self-directed language learning poses many challenges, particularly with pronunciation. As far as software, I've tried Duolingo and Rosetta Stone, and while simply doing the first few lessons in this software allowed me to more or less get around Peru with the help of Google Translate, I really don't think either application is ideal.

I'm not sure where I read this, but I read that even if you complete all of the language lessons, the best you can hope to achieve in terms of language level is A1+ if all you did was use the software (although Duolingo claims they can get you to B2). That sounds about right to me. I also think trying to teach pronunciation via voice recognition is not a good idea; the technology is simply not good enough.

Personally, I think just practicing a bunch of Anki cards that have recorded pronunciations, as well as using Anki cards to learn conjugations, grammar, etc., combined with some recorded audio or video lectures would do the job pretty well. If that could be bundled into a software package, so I'm not relying on random people to get the contents of their Anki cards correct, and so grammar could be more efficiently practiced, that would be ideal, and I'd spend money on it. Although I'm not going to write such an application; there's a lot more that goes into making a successful app than just coding it, which I don't have time for.

So yeah, TL;DR open to any and all suggestions.
I love Pimsleur method, especially when starting from (almost) scratch. Gets you speaking on your own within the first 30 min of learning
Try hello talk. Large online language exchange and the app is similar to WhatsApp with editing tools to correct each other.
What's the favor?
xcaojosouinxn the police is normally very cooperative when it comes to those issues.
+1 to Pimsleur method, feels like it hasnโ€™t gotten an update in decades (probably because it hasnโ€™t), but itโ€™s still the best tool Iโ€™ve tried, and Iโ€™ve tried a lot
I have heard rave reviews of the โ€˜fluent-foreverโ€™ app but I wanted to learn Portuguese and I couldnโ€™t have done it without hiring a teacher.
๐Ÿ›ฌ tqtcckyg just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฟ Caye Caulker,Belize, #latin-america
๐Ÿ›ฌ ytzchcagwbhth just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฟ San Ignacio,Belize, #latin-america
Lirica is a good supplemental app to learn Spanish, but I wouldn't use it as your main instruction method. No approach will cover all your bases for you, you'll have to use a few things together to teach you different parts.
It is as easy as flashcards, youtube, and going on dates - you gotta use the language. Also, reading is the best I have found. And writing (by hand) in the language, every day.

Bottom line, it takes work. All the apps suck because learning language through an app is quite unnatural. It is a multi-pronged approach.
๐Ÿ›ฌ xzbivhmr just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฟ San Pedro,Belize, #latin-america
Hi everyone! Any ideas where I can find a good apartment (furnished & equipped) for 4 months in Buenos Aires? I've looked at Airbnb but it's so much more expensive there. If you know of a specific FB group or place where I can contact owners directly that would be great!
I stumbled across this Slack specifically for digital nomads in BA (thinking I eventually want to get an apartment there too, maybe the beginning of the year). Maybe ask here! join.slack.com/t/badigitalnomads/shared_invite/zt-1f60hdxgl-dfyTD_6K2_aw1x9Ps1nNdw
Awesome! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚
phn26d
Thereโ€™s a whatsapp group for it
phn26d
and if you stay over 3months you could talk to some agents as well
Hey guys! Looking for a good small apartment in Bogota. Gonna stay there for a couple of months with the possibility to stay longer. Also, if you know of communities or groups that can help me, I would appreciate it very much! ๐Ÿ™‚
Consider staying here, I loved it! plura.co/inicio/
Look out for Gringo Tuesday
is it an excuse to get a beer?
Weekly language exchange at Vintrash club. Not sure if other places in Bogota have one. There's probably other language exchange nights you'll find in the city, which is a good way to meet other foreigners and, naturally, locals who speak English.
Selina and some other hostels can be good places to meet folk. If there are other organized groups like this one, I never found one. You'll probably have to get a little creative, but it is a huge city with a lot of international presence.
zshotjlomcbghnha Gingro Tuesday is the same as the one qhembpkebbcwrt (epic username btw) mentions in Vintrash.
You can meet people, get a drink and practice languages.

hmm all of them sound good! and it may be an opportunity to create a community around international people in Bogota. Seems to be all over the place at the moment
nice thanks man! yeah i always get a quad when i'm in ST! totally necessary!
Should have specified that was what I was expanding on. And thanks! ugndbhyydky
Thanks fkcjj do you happen to know where I can find the whatsapp group?
phn18d
I sent you a DM
Medellรญn is probably one of the friendliest LGBTQ+ cities I've been to + such a vibe place. Great for parties or just relaxing, you have it all + quite affordable.
Met tons of LGBTQ folks in Medellin as well. The gay clubs there can be plenty fun even if you're hetero. :stuck_out_tongue:

currently in Buenos Aires and would say it has a very similar vibe in terms of LGBTQ friendliness.
๐Ÿ›ฌ frsldihahbla just arrived in ๐ŸŒ‹ Martinique,Martinique, #latin-america
๐Ÿ›ฌ cleulbhzcnehhioe just arrived in Ambergris Caye,Belize, #latin-america
Full disclosure, I work for Babbel currently but I feel like it's a good option for someone looking for a multipronged/bundled approach. It does use voice recognition for testing your pronunciation but you also get the audio component you're looking for, mainly via natural-sounding dialogues that teach you the vocabulary and grammar as it's actually used. You also have access to live online classes if you feel like having a real person's attention/peer support, and there's in-app videos and podcasts and other types of supplemental media. Agree that an app can only get you so far, but I think it's an effective one to have in your toolkit
Hey!
I've just arrived to Martinique 3 days ago. Yet, hard to tell if I like it or not... It's quite expensive here (food, drinks, accom.), renting a car is ~16euro which is not bad, the internet quality is good.
But you can see poverty, garbage in the streets, even rats during at daytime ๐Ÿ˜„
Has anyone a good recommendation for good areass and a nice Co Living Spaces in Medellin? I will go there on 1 november and have never been there :)
El Poblado and Laureles are the main parts of town nomads tend to stay, El Poblado is almost entirely tourists and expats, Laureles is more of a mix with locals. Just depends on the vibe you want

Pretty much all the Pergamino cafes are nice to work from. The Selina is a paid cowork space thatโ€™s nice but a little crowded
i also used the space at selina in pablado. i thought it was solid but agree it gets crowded.
Iโ€™d see if Badu Coliving is available in Laureles
Has anyone worked from Santa Marta, Colombia? Is it a good place to stay for a month or so?
I was there 4 months ago. The city is not especially nice. I think there are better places in Colombia
Hmm ok. Was thinking could be a good spot for weekend trips to nature and scuba
Yeah, that's true. If you wanna visit Tayrona or Sierra Nevada it could be a good base. But don't expect Santa Marta to be a beautiful city haha
No nice Caribbean vibes? How are the people? Friendly or is it more unsafe?
Not really. When I was there I found a lot of homeless people sleeping on the streets of the city center. The city felt a bit sketchy, so you gotta be careful
Ok good to know. Guess that's true for many latam cities sadly though
Agree! I would recommend the San Andres Island. Pretty cool place with a lot of things to do. Of course, you are away from most of Colombia, but I found it a good place to experience the Caribbean and Colombian culture - all in one spot. You have a bunch of activities, and you can even visit smaller island nearby
If you're looking for a more "Caribbean" vibe maybe you should check Palomino. It's 1h and 40min from Santa Marta and it's super close to Tayrona and La Guajira. There's even a Selina over there, but the internet is not the best
I've also heard good things about Taganga (right next to Santa Marta and probably nicer), but I've never been there myself
Awesome, thank you!!
Colombian here, San Andres is much better and even some places of Cartagena like Morros or Guachaca (the best part to what people usually call Palomino).
I will go to to travel Machu picchu in Peru and Uyuni salt flat in Bolivia and Iguazu Falls after devcon from 10/15 ~ 10/23 with web3 builders.

How much do I need to bring USD as cash??
I was in Santa Marta for a month in January, and I second most of what others are saying here. The nearby nature can be awesome but the town itself... ehhh.

Also, as a woman, it was one of the places I've traveled to where I felt least safe. Nothing ever happened, but every man you encounter on the street will have something to say to you. At least that was my experience, and after traveling to several latam cities I haven't had that experience quite so acutely as it felt in Santa Marta. I wouldn't go back.
Ok thank you. That's great to know
Do you need a negative Covid19 test for entry into Colombia? (flying in from the US)

I've been reading you do not need a negative test if you are vaccinated, which I am. Thought I'd ask for confirmation or for more frequent updates.

Thanks in advance ๐Ÿ™
I spent 3 weeks there and it was definitely too long. Taganga is good for scuba but dont stay there....its a crazy little party town. Check out Tayrona and maybe Palomino. Def hit Minca...but ya, it wasn't the ideal nomad location. Good luck!
No need negatibve, but they require us to show vax cert at airport immigration.
Appreciate it, ty!
๐Ÿ›ฌ xjadifantihlpvg just arrived in Placencia,Belize, #latin-america
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