Colombia

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by vantexan, Dec 9, 2018.

  1. vantexan

    vantexan Well-Known Member

    Heading there January 3rd. No retirement yet, paying off some newly occurred bills. Just had septic tank repaired for $2700. Still need new roof on house.

    City I'll be living in has daily highs in mid 70's year round, lows in high 50's. Many restaurants there offer a daily lunch special that runs $2-$4 depending on restaurant. Good internet in Colombia so will have Dish satellite on my tablet for tv. Thinking about getting another Amazon Firestick to plug into tv there for Dish access. Will definitely do when, and if, wife joins me.

    Tried several jobs in last couple of months but bottom line between some physical issues and really not wanting to hump anymore I would rather do this than work. Just want to enjoy remaining time. Took some doing but wife ok with it now. She says she will join me eventually but as long as daughter is needing financial assistance I expect her to be in Kansas.

    Safety in Colombia has greatly improved and with mild weather and low cost of living I wish I had gone there instead of former Soviet Union. Last I checked $1840 a month in city I'll be living in is equivalent of $5300 in take home pay in Overland Park. Colombia is big on malls, and in the bigger cities there are multiplexes with American movie showings in English. Unlike Mexico supermarkets there are very well developed with a lot of American goods. Good public transportation, good highways.

    Just thought I'd share if someone is trying to figure out how to afford retirement.
     
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  2. trickpony1

    trickpony1 Well-Known Member

    How well are Americans tolerated in Columbia?
     
  3. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    Why not Venezuela?

    It's supposed to be a socialist paradise.
     
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  4. Baba gounj

    Baba gounj You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

    just remember to pack your own lunch
     
  5. vantexan

    vantexan Well-Known Member

    Very well. Thousands are there now. Colombians in general are very friendly.
     
  6. vantexan

    vantexan Well-Known Member

    Think you want rickyb. Colombia has embraced capitalism.
     
  7. brownmonster

    brownmonster Man of Great Wisdom

    I find retirement very affordable right here.
     
  8. Old Man Jingles

    Old Man Jingles Rat out of a cage

    or head to the Zoo!
     
  9. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    I've been to Cartagena. No problems with the locals, tho we know how to avoid trouble spots.

    Good luck, I plan to ex-pat too. Belize, maybe...
     
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  10. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    You were Romancing the Stone?
     
  11. floridays

    floridays Well-Known Member

    Oh my, we may be future neighbors.
     
  12. vantexan

    vantexan Well-Known Member

    You didn't work for FedEx.
     
  13. DriveInDriveOut

    DriveInDriveOut Proud Deplorable

    Take some responsibility for once.
     
  14. floridays

    floridays Well-Known Member

    You didn't start working at Federal Express early enough.
    Not a slap at you, an illustration of the tale of two companies you speak of. I agree with you.
     
  15. vantexan

    vantexan Well-Known Member

    Moving to another country to afford retirement is taking responsibility. There are many millions of people in my shoes, most of whom will have it very difficult in their senior years either because they aren't aware of alternatives or refuse to consider alternatives. Not to mention it's a great way to get bills paid off in the States when your knees and feet are failing you.
     
  16. vantexan

    vantexan Well-Known Member

    I started in '86. After 4 years of no raises and making $13.50hr as an 11 year topped out employee I left in frustration. Compared to UPS it was never as generous but I never thought when I got rehired that they would do what they did. Mistake on my part quitting though.
     
  17. vantexan

    vantexan Well-Known Member

    You must like heat! Get up into the Andes in Colombia, eternal Spring.
     
  18. floridays

    floridays Well-Known Member

    Understood, I said I agreed with you.
     
  19. DriveInDriveOut

    DriveInDriveOut Proud Deplorable

    Get a job you lazy bum.
     
  20. vantexan

    vantexan Well-Known Member

    Why, I'll save a thousand+ a month there on my $22k annual pension. Try that in the States.