Michael and Graciela

Michael and Graciela

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Cajica, Colombia / Retired husband and wife writing team living in Colombia. Our blogsite provides information for tourists and expats to this South American Country
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September 2016 By Michael For years I passed by the green wrinkled and furrowed looking plant at our local fruit and vegetable market. That is not unusual as there are many plants in Colombia I am …

Tecoma Stans (A.K.A. Chicalá) blooms in bright yellow around Colombia's capital city

Tecoma Stans (A. Chicalá) blooms in bright yellow around Colombia's capital city

Mangostino is Another of Colombia’s Over 150 Fruits

While some stores carry the hard skinned purple fruit we see more of it being sold by vendors on the street. Like many other of Colombia’s prod…

A visitor's guide to getting around Bogotá, Colombia

A visitor's guide to getting around Bogotá, Colombia

An impressive flower in Colombia grown only in high altitudes

The Dahlia Imperialis is Colombia’s 20 Foot Flower

El Pórtico Restaurant Near Bogotá is a Must for Visitors

July 2016 Michael: El Pórtico has it all, ambiance, great Colombian style food, a playground for the kids, a coffee shop and a church. All these features contributes to a dual personality.

Photos of the life a the Colombian curuba - from flower to healthy drink

Colombia is home to the largest variety of curuba. Also know as the banana passion fruit it is loaded with antioxidants especially proanthocyanidins and catechin. It contains vitamin A and vitamin …

Por què Escogì la Fujifilm X-S1 Como mi Segunda Càmara Fotogràfica Para Viajes

Por què Escogì la Fujifilm X-S1 Como mi Segunda Càmara Fotogràfica Para Viajes

A bug in Colombia that looks like it was painted

Photo of the week – Chinche bug

2016 – Our Favorite Coffee Shops in Chia/Cajica Display Different Specialties

June 2016 To be a great coffee shop takes more than just good coffee. There must be service, ambiance and accompaniments. The shop must demonstrate consistency in those areas as well as an attitude…

Interviews With Expats and Travelers About Life Abroad

by Michael Can you really retire early in another country or constantly travel and have a better overall life? You may have heard or read the stories of those who quit the rat race, escaped the cor…

Eating Ants in Colombia – Hormigas Culonas a Big Ass Delicacy or Gross

Michael: The medical examiner told the detective that the stomach contents of the deceased contained hormigas culonas.

Colombian Picada at a No-Name Restaurant

By Michael March 2016 The above photo is the lunch my wife and I had on Sunday. Here in Colombia they call it a picada.

Sauco Cured our Cough – Another South American Natural Medicine

May 2016 Michael: I picked the white flower as instructed and brought it to my wife.

St. Honoré – El nombre apropiado para un Coffee shop en Chia, Colombia

Honoré – El nombre apropiado para un Coffee shop en Chia, Colombia

Dog Friendly - Juan Valdez Café in Bazaar Mall - Ambiance, Service & Pets

March 2016 Graciela: My husband and I have always been a fan of Juan Valdez coffee shops.