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How is air quality in Medellin?


in Medellรญn, Colombia by @jjuter | 3yr  | 4 comments

What do you think of the pillotion in Medellin Colombia ? I heard it is not as bad if you live in Poblado as it is further up. Is that true?

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@fussen | 3yr

Hi Joe,
We were in Medellin, in Poblado, for Dec & Jan. We definitely noticed the pollution, but it didnโ€™t bother us physically (weโ€™re in good health, without asthma or other issues). That said, itโ€™s not nice to think your lungs are having to filter the cloud you see. Itโ€™s true that itโ€™s better higher up the valley side in Poblado, but also further south.
Hereโ€™s some really good info, stats & resources in a May 2017 post, with comments from people living there: http://medellinliving.com/pollution/

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@jjuter | 3yr

Thank you so much for the great info!

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@markpcolgan | 3yr

Hi Joe,

I stayed in El Pablado for around a week in October, the air was much cleaner on the side streets, but you could notice it on the main roads into the city centre. Plenty of great coffee shops and restaurants with air conditioning to escape the pollution though.

Mark

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@bradley | 3yr

I was there about a year and a half ago for two and a half months.

I stayed mostly in Poblado.

Air pollution was definitely something I noticed, especially if walking along a street during rush hour. I never thought I would have so much gratitude for a catalytic converter!

That said, it just made taking the gondola out to the national park that much more worth it. Or even going up the hill to one of the open air malls would give you a break from it. Itโ€™s definitely there but itโ€™s not as inescapable as it can be in some parts of the world.

Also, at least when I was there, it was only air pollution. They had some of the cleanest streets and sidewalks, there was an obvious effort to try and clean up the city.

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in Colombia by @matthieudrula | 4yr 4 years ago | 0 comments

I work as remote freelance developer (might become permanent) for US companies and I want to go back to Colombia. I already used my tourist visa. I have seen that itโ€™s possible to get a TP7 for independent work but I donโ€™t understand two points :

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in Colombia by @matthieudrula | 4yr 4 years ago | 6 comments

Hi,
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I need to get some time out of Bogota so I can come on the remaining days of my touristic visa in order to enrol in a cheapest university to study Spanish.
So basically going out for 2 weeks, come back, do the papers during the 3 remaining weeks.
Iโ€™m trying to find the cheapest flight + hotel combination for this period of time using Nomadlist.
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by @djar | 5yr 4 years ago | 3 comments

Hi,
this is David from germany.

I am planning to stay in SE Asia in Q4 2015 while continue working. My work is location independent, but i would need to access customer sites in germany via remote connection. Has anyone done this bevor?
When i was in Thailand for holiday, voip telephony like skype, google talk etc. was working fine, but i did not test any remote access. It was a holiday. :smile:

I know that for web guys, this is not a problem, because SSH and git are not so much time critical like a โ€œliveโ€ desktop session. I know that there will be more lag, as ping times Asia -> Europe will be more like 500ms rather than the < 100ms what working in close proximity to the customer.

I might start at Bangkok or Chiang Mai, so any first hand reports from there would be greatly appreciated.

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in Colombia by @matthieudrula | 5yr 4 years ago | 0 comments

In Colombia, I have heard people telling me that once you have a work visa you can enter and not care about what happen if you get fired.
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