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Digital Nomad Life in Bogota, Colombia

By Betsy Burlingame

Summary: Digital nomads and expats talk about what it is like to live in Bogota, Colombia. Get tips from others living in Bogota about where to live, how to find a place to live, pros and cons of living in Bogota and more.

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What do people appreciate most about the culture in Bogota?

"The language enrichment, new friendships, extensive travel, ford and drinks. You learn to embrace the unknown and learn a lot about how to solve problems from a different perspective," said another digital nomad in Bogota.

"The new culture is invigorating, energetic, exuberant, fast-paced, challenging and exciting. I so needed a change from Hawaii where I had become bored and complacent. The people are very sincere and helpful. They are happy and easy-going and really know how to have fun. The family unit is so close and includes most of the family tree, all of whom go to church together, visit each other frequently, even travel together. Most U.S. families that I know are no where near as close knit as those of the Colombian culture," commented a person living in Bogota, Colombia.

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What do people find most challenging about the culture in Bogota?

"In Bogota, the number of people, noise, poverty in the streets, petty crime, dating culture," said another member in Bogota.

"The challenges for me are getting a better grip on the language, making friends, learning to pace myself, and being patient and tolerant. I don't want to be over-dependent on friends but at the moment I don't have another choice. My biggest challenge will be finding a suitable place to retire in this beautiful country that has so much to offer. And being a single woman without any family making this journey makes me feel very much like an odd ball," explained one person living in Bogota, Colombia.

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What cultural blunders should I try to avoid making in Bogota?

We asked people in Bogota if they could share any humorous cultural blunders they commited. They wrote:

"Mostly language related. I once said I need to shit my phone instead of charge my phone. Another time, much to the surprise of my girlfriend's family, I made mistake of saying I had a lot of experience in a gay bar when I intended to say someone else had," explained one expat living in Bogota, Colombia.

"One evening, after walking a lot more than I am used to, I came out of a department store and it was dark. I didn't want to walk home the 20 blocks to my residence, so I flagged a SITP bus. Not knowing that you tell the driver where you are going, then pay when you get on, I just got on and sat down. After watching a few more passengers I realized I needed to go talk to the bus driver, who, luckily, had US and UK flags hanging behind his seat to decorate the partition. As soon as I opened my mouth my broken Spanish became evident to everyone on the bus. A man in the first row offered to tell me when my stop arrived, the lady sitting next to me wanted to know where I was from, what I was doing in Bogota and why I was alone. Another person asked me if I was afraid. When I got off the bus all the passengers were waving and smiling at me! I felt so embarrassed! I had completely and unwittingly broken the timely Bogotano Tabu of "No dar papayas!", which means, don't call attention to yourself," said another digital nomad in Bogota.

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What are the pros and cons of living in Bogota?

"What attracted me to Columbia is nature and weather. You could actually find the right weather for you which is a driving distance. There are cities in Colombia that have same temperature all year long and I'm talking about nice weather not hot and not cold. People are friendly here especially with expats and white people. I was living in Dubai for some time but realistically you need a permanent home and so far Colombia seems to be my permanent home location," said another foreigner in Bogota.

"I have a beautiful apartment high in the Andes Mountains with the morning sunrise pouring in through the floor-to-ceiling windows. I live in an upper-middle-class neighborhood where I feel entirely safe. I have shopping around me and prices are reasonable for groceries. I do order a lot from the United States," remarked another member in Bogota.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is one of the founders of Digital Nomad Exchange and the Founder and President of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange and Digital Nomad Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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