Six Reasons I Chose To Make This City Of Springtime And Flowers My Home
Kathleen is incommunicado today, somewhere in Asunción. She’ll be back in touch with her next report from the road in Paraguay soon. Meantime, she has arranged for correspondents in another of her favorite South American towns, Medellín, Colombia, to share tales from that corner of the world…
Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,
If anyone had told me a year ago that today I would be living in Colombia, I would have laughed.
Back then, I knew little of the country, except where it was in the world and what it had once been famous for. I had no expectations when I planned my first visit. At the time, I thought I would be just passing through on my way to find where I wanted to settle in Latin America.
“You’re going where?” people would ask, surprised at my choice of relocating to the other side of the world. For me, it was a simple matter of wanting a better quality of life than I could expect living in England. I believe that’s what Latin America offers, every lifestyle element I was looking for—salsa dancing, a great climate, and, most important, a chance to remove myself from the nine-to-five rat race that I no longer wanted to be part of. I took off to find out if I was right. I left England on a one-way ticket, unsure where, or even if, I would find the place I wanted to call home.
But as the plane flew into Colombia, I felt an overwhelming and complete certainty that this was where I wanted to be.
Once one of the most dangerous cities in the world, Medellín is now a global success story. As recently as two decades ago, parents were
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