Afraid of Colombia
Paloquemao Market place in Bogota
I am an american who lived for 6 years in Bogota, my wife is still there (she is a "rola"). I left because I was so afraid.
At the beginning was fine, but wisely I would spend my life scared. Why don't you tell the people about paseo millonario, burundanga, and atracos, land mines, kidnappings, the poor people who died inside a Bus, they got burned.
I love Colombia but now is getting worst. Any gringo can go outside Bogota, neither should.
I liked Paipa, Villavicencio, Girardot, Melgar, etc but when I called to the police patrols, they told me several times "Mr. Gringo you can´t travel, there's no army".
I believe you are trying your best to let people know about retiring in Colombia; but you should tell them about all the risks.
Also it is not inexpensive anymore; the dollar is too low. Carulla is more money than supermarkets in New York . I don't believe gringos will go to market at plaza siete de agosto, las ferias o Paloquemao, neither Corabastos.
I know all Bogota except the south part, and I miss a lot my neighborhood Cedritos, what a shame, but the truth is that I don't want to spend my retirement in a scary and dangerous environment. Thanks for listening
I am very impressed with your web site, Te Felicito.
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