Lifestyle + Travel

This is the page where we talk in detail about lifestyles abroad. Both our own and others. This section is brand new and under development as we curate some of our favorite content for readers!

7 Best Insider Secrets at Hotel Movich Pereira | Travel

DSC09511It was my pleasure to experience the luxury scene at Hotel Movich Pereira for the first time recently. I ate lunch with the service manager, had a night out with my husband and our friends, and I also plan to follow this article up, with another one about the Spa Day experience at Movich Spa. Come along and learn some of the secrets to enjoying Pereira – in style! Discover gourmet cuisine, modern architecture and special discounts for locals and even people who are on a budget                  Read More >>

Equestrian Vacations in Colombia | Horses

Colombia has a surprising amount of opportunity and advantages for equestrian vacations. Come along with us as I start a new section on this blog dedicated to a passion which started for me in childhood, adolescence and on through my college years. We are going to very lightly cover the different types of horse tours available in Colombia and in future posts it is our desire to go and experience each one. Call it a bucket list if you will. Read More >>

A Holistic Experience in Bogota | Travel

DSC08878Brick, concrete, graffiti, fresh coffee and mountain views all come to mind when I think of Bogota, Colombia. It’s a city of danger with a side of excellent cuisine made fresh by Colombians who have traveled enough to know… What most visitors don’t consider is green spaces, farmers markets and meditation. Come along and discover a Holistic Experience in Bogota. Read More >>

Homesickness and Life Abroad | Lifestyle

HomesicknessI want to touch on a topic which has been very near and dear to my heart lately. Missing home when you have committed to moving abroad, and have been abroad long enough to feel anxious and stuck on your home place, your family and the friends you grew up with. That heart-sick feeling which settles into your gut and makes you feel that bloom of self-doubt. Read More >>

The Paso Fino Colombiano and Horse Culture in Colombia | Travel


You are traveling and find a sign that says “Rent Horse or Tour by Horseback”? With images of your youth you eagerly pay the fee. Then you realize that your horse is quite safe. Literally. He might die on the trail but at least he won’t buck you off. Which is great! Unless you are an equestrian enthusiast a.k.a. “Horse Crazy!” Come along with us as we take you inside the world of the Paso Fino Colombiano, also known as the Caballo Criollo Colombiano (translated as Native Colombian Horse). Read More >>

Reserva Cauquitá Natural Adventure in Pereira | Lifestyle


From under the yellow/green striped Guadua trees, I could see the sun peeking playfully through the redolent greenery that surrounded me at Reserva Cauquitá.   I breathed in the deep rich smells of the forest and listened to the eager chirping of birds and the rhythm of crickets and tree frogs.  Daniel squirms until I let him down to poke and touch the leave strewn carpet of the forest trail we had… Read More >>

Is it Safe Traveling to Colombia? | Travel


Firstly, whatever the American travel advisory websites say, they seem to grossly over-state or generalize with a broad brush. And then we wonder why we are called paranoid. Regardless, there are some concerns you should be aware of, we would never want you to feel under informed. The best way to ensure your safety is to create a couple habits that can help keep you safe, once you decide to buy the ticket, and take the ride. Because, for many of us, the most dangerous thing we will ever encounter, is wanting to stay. Read More>>>

Expert Roundup: What is the Best Secret to Know When Living, Working or Traveling in Colombia? | Lifestyle


Coming to Colombia for me has been such an adventure.  I came with an open mind, and an open heart.  Things worked out.  That isn’t always the case, but when it is, it’s extra special. Here I have gathered the input of other writers, bloggers, photographers and even journalists who are helping to tell the story of Colombia. If you asked me today whether Colombia is safe, or Zika, or anything like that my answer is to go and Read More >>

Authentic Sombrero Aguadeño Hats, a Must for Visitors | Travel

SombreroThe sombrero’s of Aguadas, Caldas have been famous throughout Colombia since the 1870’s.  Made from the Iraca palm, they are made up of beautifully woven fibers which are distinctive in both quality and beauty. They are superior in every way, for comfort, quality, and fit. Especially if you know who to buy from. Read More >>

What is the Weather and Climate like where I live in Colombia? | Lifestyle

DSC07836Obviously, like many countries around the world, we can’t identify Colombia as one climate. Instead, we must focus on the concept of Micro-climates, or climates that are based on altitude. Especially since we don’t receive 4 seasons and only 2, or maybe only 1 with rare exceptions. Here you can read about the weather in Pereira. However, the tips we include in the article generally apply to the entire Coffee Region of Colombia. For a glimpse at the climate in the coffee-growing climates of Colombia Follow this link to Learn more>>>

Colombian Orchid Culture | Lifestyle

DSC07019The national flower of Colombia is  Cattleya trianae.  And Colombia, has more orchid species than any other part of the world.  Behind the scenes of this world famous biodiversity are the people who love, cherish and cultivate the Orchids of Colombia. Read More >>

Life in The Coffee Axis of Colombia | Lifestyle

Like the steamy fragrance and happy bubbly sound of a good cup of coffee being made in the morning, this story has been brewing in my imagination for a while.  What is life REALLY like, in the Coffee Axis?  The good, the great and the pain-in-the-ass realities of life abroad are all part of the expat experience.  For me Life in the Coffee Axis of Colombia, started as a curiosity, turned into a fantasy, and is now my reality.  I never thought I would stay here, much less settle down and start a family! Read More >>

5 Reasons Colombians are Happy, All The Time

There is a strange phenomena in Colombia that outsiders have a hard time wrapping their heads around.  That the Colombian people as a whole are, drumroll please…..They’re mostly happy! In a country that has seen over 50 years of conflict, and displaced more than 5 million of her citizens, there seems to be a happiness.  Like a candid appreciation for the moment, everywhere. Read More >>

Let’s Talk Pereira

Let’s Talk Pereira totally lacks the social elegance of Bogota, even so your chances aren’t completely sunk!  If you aren’t into the Club Comercio money parade, the strange but elusive Rotaracts, or the aged classiness of the Orchid Association, then check out a humble little group named Let’s Talk Pereira.  It’s not about image, or socio-economic strata.  There isn’t a fancy membership form required, and the people who participate come from all walks of life and backgrounds.  The best part of all: it’s free!  Whenever I visit I am always fascinated by the variety of people I meet, the local characters and the conversation. Read More>>

Cacao Puro del Choco: The Story of Our Chocolate Business

IMG_6681Chocolate, a term that conjures erotic sensation and taste.  From bitter to sweet, the type of chocolate you enjoy can say a lot about who you are.  Men will often enjoy chocolate that is less sweet as their comfort foods tend more towards a rich, hot soup or a favorite meat dish.  Women often prefer sweeter chocolate with more complexity of flavor as their comfort foods range from decadent desserts to fruity and light “pick-me-ups.”  In our chocolate business we provide a simple product that can fill all your chocolaty desires. Read More >>

 Top 10 Most Annoying Things About Life in Colombia | Lifestyle

Life abroad is a unique investigation of how the rest of the world gets by day to day. Sometimes we find out that life is different in other countries and sometimes better. Being open minded becomes much more important in these situations. And, not all of us react as gracefully as we wish we had. So, we live and we learn. Here is my top 10 list of the most annoying things about life in Colombia. Read More >>

10 Reasons Why its Healthier in South America

Life abroad comes with its benefits. Especially in South America where foot and bicycle transport is much more common, even in the big cities which are adding more bike lanes at an ever increasing rate. As I write this, I am in the best physical health of my life. I’m physically fit thanks to consistent workouts at the karate gym. I’m mentally fit because when I get stressed, I can stop and take a nap if I need to. Read More >>