My thoughts so far on being in Bogota, Colombia, South America for less than a week (as of Thursday 24 Nov 2022)
- Most people seem friendly and nice.
- In terms of standards of living, CO seems similar to or maybe slightly better than the Philippines or Indonesia
- The hardest thing for me so far has been to rapidly re-learn #Spanish.
- If you don’t know at least a little Spanish, you might suffer due to being unable to communicate with most people here.
- There are bread stores all over the place.
- There are still a lot of foods that I am unfamiliar with.
- In terms of cost of living, Colombia might be a great place to study Spanish in a uni or college.
- Overall, it seems pretty safe. There was just one night where I felt really unsafe with some presumably homeless guy hovering outside a locked convenience store late at night, and appearing dangerous. I had to wait for him to leave. Besides that, for the most part, Colombia has felt pretty safe.
- I still feel, like I’ve felt for years, that the best way to actually learn about a place, is to physically visit it. Watching videos and reading books can be beneficial. But, there are so many things you have to experience for yourself to really know a place.
Going forward, I hope to write more consistently here. See you in the next one!