I am temporarily living in Medellin, Colombia. (Flights to Colombia
are cheap….just saying). In this post I am going to give you a breakdown of what it’s like, from basic costs to what I do all day. If you find this kind of information interesting I also wrote about my daily life in Tel Aviv, Israel
. And more recently about living in London
. I am of course supporting myself through my three businesses described here
Sample Daily Routine:
Below is sample of what I do each day. Of course I don’t do these things every single day at the exact same time. Sometimes I skip salsa class and other times I work more hours or completely skip a day of work.
- 11AM: Wake up naturally without an alarm
- 11:00AM-12:00 AM: Shower/drink coffee/read emails
- 12:00AM-1:00PM: Work (Process ecommerce orders, respond to advertisers, email clients)
- 1:00PM-1:45 PM: Play tennis one-on-one with Pacho, a private instructor at La Unidad Deportiva de Belen
- 1:45PM-2:00PM: Order lunch from downstairs restaurant/shower, La Esquina de Basco
- 2:00PM-2:50PM: Eat a full lunch/watch TV/browse internet
- 3:00-4:00: Take private salsa dancing lesson
- 4:15PM-7:00PM: Work
- 7:00PM-7:45PM: Cook/eat dinner
- 8:30PM-1:00AM: Meet friends for drinks at a bar on La 33, Parque Lleras, La 70, etc.
- 1:00AM-2:30AM: Browse Internet/Watch TV
- 2:30AM: Sleep
Rather than my previous plan to live by myself in a beautiful, expensive apartment, I chose a different option. I settled on a furnished 5 story, 12 bedroom/8 bathroom apartment with 10 others from Colombia
, Australia, Germany
, Switzerland, and other countries.
My particular floor looks like this.
And my bedroom looks like this.
View from my bedroom window
What I like most about living her is that it is located right next to a huge park with basketball courts, tennis courts, archery, a swimming pool, outdoor gym, track, and soccer fields. But I won’t lie. i only use the tennis courts!
View of the park from my balcony
Rent (furnished bedroom, wifi, utilities, etc.): $266
Lunch (soup, meat, rice, side dish, juice): $3.50
Private Tennis Lesson(45 Min.): $13
Private Salsa Lesson (1 Hr):$8
ATM: a shit load of cash
Like most places Colombia is a cash society. All I can tell you is how much money I have spent in total.
Total Costs $3,400 for 49 days = $69/day
So obviously I am spending money on a lot of dumb stuff like a coffee maker, tennis racket, vacations to Bucaramanga
and Don Matias, bottle service at clubs
, imported swiss cheese and turkey for obscene prices, etc. I also have a girlfriend which in Colombia means treating her to meals, bars, etc.
Still, I wouldn’t say I am living like a king here. Just a nice lifestyle.