Making It Young In Medellin
Jan. 29, 2015, Medellin, Colombia: Medellin, Colombia, is not only a top choice for retirees but also for expats, entrepreneurs, and investors of all ages.
Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,
A handsome couple in their mid-20s, Lauren Brown and Jason Richter are living an international lifestyle that most of us, unfortunately, don't consider until later in life. Most of us wait until after kids, mortgages, and careers to think about making the break from North America and setting off on the adventure of building a whole new life somewhere else.
Of all the somewhere elses you could consider, I'd put Medellin, Colombia, the city that Lauren and Jason have chosen for their adventure, at the top of the list. Recently I met with these two youngsters who've moved to the city that I've likewise chosen for my life's reinvention. Over coffee in the fashionable El Poblado gourmet ghetto of Carrera 37, I asked the young couple what brought them to fair Medellin.
“I met Lauren at a conference in the States,” Jason explained. “She was being sent to Mexico with a San Francisco-based startup, and we ended up doing the long-distance Mexico-Canada thing for a year. Then when Lauren was offered a placement in Colombia, we talked about the idea of the two of us moving and starting a life together.
“In the end, the placement with the tech startup didn't work out, but, by that time, we were excited by the idea of moving to Colombia... so we went ahead and made the move on our own. Now here we are.”