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Medellin vs Bogota

 
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summerrain



Joined: 08 Jul 2013
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Location: Colorado, USA

PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 6:46 pm    Post subject: Medellin vs Bogota Reply with quote

I'm having trouble deciding where to live...they both sound incredible. Which city is your favorite place to live and/or teach English? What are the differences between them?

I would like to live in a city that I can safely explore by myself. I will stick out physically (blonde) and will only have 4 months of Spanish under my belt. Is one city better for this?
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spanglish



Joined: 21 May 2009
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Location: working on that

PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Culture, openness, meet variety of people, able to find work - Bogota

Climate, attitude, optimistic people - Medellin
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The Internationalist



Joined: 26 May 2012
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First and foremost finding a job in Bogota will be much easier. You might have some difficulty getting a decent job in Medellin.

With that sad both are infinity better than any western countries / cities.

Bogota - cloudy/rainy weather, more educated/conservative people/girls, way more job opportunities, more nightlife options, higher pay etc

Medellin - great weather. top class city. tight job market

Id bypass both and try to get a job in Cali or Barranquilla if I was you.
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summerrain



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks! Can a foreign looking female walk around alone in Medellin and Bogota? And in Cali and Barranquilla?
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The Internationalist



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 4:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

summerrain wrote:
Thanks! Can a foreign looking female walk around alone in Medellin and Bogota? And in Cali and Barranquilla?


Walk around in normal populated areas.

You will get stares and heckled from time to time if you are average - good looking by the local guys.

Have thick skin and you will be fine.

Didnt realize you were a women. I take back my recommendations on cities.
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windowlicker



Joined: 05 Jun 2008
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Location: Bogotá, Colombia

PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

summerrain wrote:
And in Cali and Barranquilla?


Can you? Absolutely. Would I recommend doing it frequently? No. Particularly not in Barranquilla.
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KatrinaESL



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 2:56 am    Post subject: Barranquilla Reply with quote

Really? You wouldn't recommend a woman walking around alone in Barranquilla? Barranquilla is the safest city in Colombia! Maybe if you're deep in the south, where it is more dangerous, but it is definitely the safest city to be in Colombia.

I have been to Latin American countries and I get hassled far less in Colombia than anyone else I have been.
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The Internationalist



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 5:07 am    Post subject: Re: Barranquilla Reply with quote

KatrinaESL wrote:
Barranquilla is the safest city in Colombia!


I love Quilla, but I am not sure id call it the safest city in the country.

What statistic or reason do you have for saying it is?

As of 07 the homicide rate per 100,000 population from Barranquilla (22) is only exceeded by those of Cali (57), Bucaramanga (32) and MedellĂ­n (30).

This might have changed alittle bit but im assuming still pretty much holds true.
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travelNick



Joined: 22 Feb 2009
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Location: Bogota, Colombia

PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 3:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

spanglish wrote:
Culture, openness, meet variety of people, able to find work - Bogota

Climate, attitude, optimistic people - Medellin


Spot on.

Except I'd have to say that recently Bogota has been magnificent with its sunshine.
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KatrinaESL



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 2:01 am    Post subject: Re: Barranquilla Reply with quote

You're right Internationalist... I had my numbers mixed up. Still seems pretty safe here, although I'm coming from New Orleans. Smile

The Internationalist wrote:
KatrinaESL wrote:
Barranquilla is the safest city in Colombia!


I love Quilla, but I am not sure id call it the safest city in the country.

What statistic or reason do you have for saying it is?

As of 07 the homicide rate per 100,000 population from Barranquilla (22) is only exceeded by those of Cali (57), Bucaramanga (32) and MedellĂ­n (30).

This might have changed alittle bit but im assuming still pretty much holds true.
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alexandracathlin



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Location: San Pedro, Costa Rica

PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

@summerrain: Did you ever end up making it down to Colombia? If so, which city did you end up moving to? I am interested in making Colombia my next destination for teaching. I am currently teaching in San Jose, Costa Rica and I am here learning Spanish. I love any insight you might have as to teaching in Colombia. Thanks in advance! (:
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leretif9



Joined: 24 Mar 2013
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For Columbia:

1. All I've got is a BA in English from a US university. Is a CELTA or something comparable an absolute requirement, for either Bogota or Medellin?

2. How long will/can ten grand (USD 10,000) last? A high and low ballpark estimate is totally cool here. I'm not longer the party animal I once was, so I like to live frugal.

Thanks very much for your feedback here.
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The Internationalist



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 16, 2013 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

10k not including flight will / should / can last 20 months living very frugally.
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leretif9



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 3:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How much will a monthly gym membership run me in either Bogota or Medellin? Nothing too posh, but free weights, lockers and maybe a pool will be useful.

Thanks in advance.
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