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, UK, Australia, Germany, Argentina, 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.