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Re: Is this crazy?
« Reply #25 on: November 03, 2018, 06:13:31 PM »
I don't know if it's still open and have read it may not be but I always enjoyed visiting the the quirky Museo Romantico in Barranquilla.

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« Reply #26 on: November 03, 2018, 09:26:01 PM »
Hey Ag,
There is nothing that will ruin your trip quicker then getting food poisoning down there.  I lived in Colombia over 2 years in BQ and in Cali, and had my share of dining experiences.
When I was in BQ I got food poisoning / parasite that was so severe I had to be taken out of my apartment on a stretcher, loaded into an ambulance and admitted into the hospital for 3 days.  I got so weak from vomiting and crapping that I couldn't even get out of bed.  Jaime and his girlfriend saved my ass by calling the ambulance, and Jaime's girlfriend sat with me in the hospital for a long time watching over me.  It was bad, I was scared, and I thought I was going to die.  That parasite gave me problems for a few years, and wasn't killed until a hospital stay in the US on IV vancomycin.

So I'm not trying to scare you here, but this is not the time to be all open minded and trying all sorts of strange foods you're not used to.  You can get it from lettuce on just a hamburger washed in contaminated water.  You can get it from going to your girlfriend's house, and throwing some ice in your rum and cokes that were made from bad water.  Glasses washed in contaminated water.....who the hell knows.  Drink out of bottles and cans.  It's too bad because there's alot of very delicious foods down there and after you relax a bit, you want to start eating everything.

There is nothing that will kill your sex drive quicker then getting sick.
I'm so traumatized, I might eat power bars and imported packaged foods prepared in my own apartment next time I go down there.  Take your girlfriend out to eat and eat hot soup!  At least everything has been boiled and cooked before you eat it.  Let her order 1st so she gets what she wants, then order something cooked and safe like pasta....Eat chicken, or steak, and keep the damn salad away from your plate.  Skip the smoothies.  Who knows what they wash that fruit in.  I'm pretty sure not bottled water.

I know I'm not the only guy on this board that got there ass kicked by bad food down there.  Guys go down there, and are afraid of violent crime.......ha ha ha....it's the food that scares me.

When and if the chips go down, Jaime will have your back.
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« Reply #27 on: November 04, 2018, 05:35:34 AM »
Wow that's a scary story. I wonder what you were infected with. Did the doctors ever tell you? I got Giardia there once after eating lunch at someone's house in Solidad. Yes do be careful.

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« Reply #28 on: November 04, 2018, 08:40:22 AM »
Yea going out to lunch at your girlfriend’s house can lead straight to the bano....  You eat and drink what they put in front of you to be respectful.  They have their own natural defenses built up.


I think I had a bad parasite, and the problem is Doctors in the US don’t diagnose this because it’s rare up here.  You come back from Colombia with severe abdominal pain, and they want to operate on your intestines to look around.  Not good.  I think I got mine from ice at a New Years Eve party.


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« Reply #29 on: November 04, 2018, 10:48:38 AM »
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Yea going out to lunch at your girlfriend’s house can lead straight to the bano....  You eat and drink what they put in front of you to be respectful.  They have their own natural defenses built up.


I think I had a bad parasite, and the problem is Doctors in the US don’t diagnose this because it’s rare up here.  You come back from Colombia with severe abdominal pain, and they want to operate on your intestines to look around.  Not good.  I think I got mine from ice at a New Years Eve party.


I swore I would never return to BQ but of course now I’m ready to go back.....
One thing you have to remember is that probably could have happened anywhere, even here in the US. Many places especially in the Caribbean, Central, and South America utilize human and other animal waste as fertilizer on crops and fruit. Case in point: When I was in the Navy, we made a stop in St. Thomas, VI. We had an outbreak of Hepatitis A. An investigation found that it was caused by a Mess Specialist, (food server/preparer) who had a strawberry daiquiri at a particular bar. Further they learned that human waste was used to fertilize the strawberry plantation. But you are correct you never know. I always purchase travel insurance, (which covers upto $5MM) in medical costs.

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« Reply #30 on: November 04, 2018, 05:52:35 PM »
Travel insurance is not a bad idea especially for a medical evac. My ambulance ride and 3 days in the hospital with IV drugs was all under $500.00.  Good health care at reasonable prices in Colombia.

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« Reply #31 on: November 06, 2018, 08:00:20 PM »
Great call on travel insurance and cautious approach to food/beverage consumption. Thankfully (well, it goes two ways), being in the Navy, I am covered under TRICARE and a contract program called International SOS. I work in healthcare in the Navy and have worked with ISOS in the past for MEDEVACs of Sailors and Marines. They are a worldwide network of clinical providers and MEDEVAC teams and, should something bad happen to me, I would be EVAC'd back to the states. The downside of the Navy is the downright intrusiveness of planning and being approved for foreign travel to a non-1st world country/NATO ally. A ton of training modules and what seems like everyone needs to know every detail of my travel. I get it, we have to be accounted for, but it is downright nuts compared to what a regular Joe would have to work with.


As an update, I've provided Jamie responses to his website questionnaire and sent in recent photos. I had to peruse his site and make initial selections. I used a search query of age 24-34 (I am 30), non-smoker, no kids. I myself am never married, no kids. I am pretty boring and don't really have much baggage. My biggest hurdle (and a big driver of seeking someone outside of the US) is the moving around thing - a career-minded woman in something that isn't mobile is going to have to start over every few years at a new location. I can see the writing on the wall 8-10 years down the line...SO is given a promotion at a job she loves, then I'm told I'm being sent to the other coast of the U.S. or even better, to Japan or Europe.


Tried to find women whose (albeit limited) profile hinted towards a willingness to live outside of Colombia and move every few years as I am assigned new jobs. Some clearly state that they are studying towards a professional degree or that they desire to start businesses in their country. Their honesty is appreciated and I was able to pare down the list submitted to Jamie to approx. 20 in Barranquilla and a handful who are outside of the city. I'll keep you all posted. I'm just over 2 months out from this adventure!

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« Reply #32 on: November 06, 2018, 08:36:11 PM »
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Great call on travel insurance and cautious approach to food/beverage consumption. Thankfully (well, it goes two ways), being in the Navy, I am covered under TRICARE and a contract program called International SOS. I work in healthcare in the Navy and have worked with ISOS in the past for MEDEVACs of Sailors and Marines. They are a worldwide network of clinical providers and MEDEVAC teams and, should something bad happen to me, I would be EVAC'd back to the states. The downside of the Navy is the downright intrusiveness of planning and being approved for foreign travel to a non-1st world country/NATO ally. A ton of training modules and what seems like everyone needs to know every detail of my travel. I get it, we have to be accounted for, but it is downright nuts compared to what a regular Joe would have to work with.


As an update, I've provided Jamie responses to his website questionnaire and sent in recent photos. I had to peruse his site and make initial selections. I used a search query of age 24-34 (I am 30), non-smoker, no kids. I myself am never married, no kids. I am pretty boring and don't really have much baggage. My biggest hurdle (and a big driver of seeking someone outside of the US) is the moving around thing - a career-minded woman in something that isn't mobile is going to have to start over every few years at a new location. I can see the writing on the wall 8-10 years down the line...SO is given a promotion at a job she loves, then I'm told I'm being sent to the other coast of the U.S. or even better, to Japan or Europe.


Tried to find women whose (albeit limited) profile hinted towards a willingness to live outside of Colombia and move every few years as I am assigned new jobs. Some clearly state that they are studying towards a professional degree or that they desire to start businesses in their country. Their honesty is appreciated and I was able to pare down the list submitted to Jamie to approx. 20 in Barranquilla and a handful who are outside of the city. I'll keep you all posted. I'm just over 2 months out from this adventure!
The fact that you will be providing to any prospective spouse, solid income, paid medical and dental, and perks that come with military life, (access to NAVEX, MAC flights), will be inviting to somebody who is just starting out. I suspect you are career minded. Also, you didn't say whether you are officer or enlisted. The perks or RHIP for officer/sr. enlisted, are even more alluring. Who knows. You may meet someone from a military family also!
BTW, I'm heading to Bogota then Ibague for a week on Friday.
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Re: Is this crazy?
« Reply #33 on: November 06, 2018, 08:37:14 PM »
Great call on travel insurance and cautious approach to food/beverage consumption. Thankfully (well, it goes two ways), being in the Navy, I am covered under TRICARE and a contract program called International SOS. I work in healthcare in the Navy and have worked with ISOS in the past for MEDEVACs of Sailors and Marines. They are a worldwide network of clinical providers and MEDEVAC teams and, should something bad happen to me, I would be EVAC'd back to the states. The downside of the Navy is the downright intrusiveness of planning and being approved for foreign travel to a non-1st world country/NATO ally. A ton of training modules and what seems like everyone needs to know every detail of my travel. I get it, we have to be accounted for, but it is downright nuts compared to what a regular Joe would have to work with.


As an update, I've provided Jamie responses to his website questionnaire and sent in recent photos. I had to peruse his site and make initial selections. I used a search query of age 24-34 (I am 30), non-smoker, no kids. I myself am never married, no kids. I am pretty boring and don't really have much baggage. My biggest hurdle (and a big driver of seeking someone outside of the US) is the moving around thing - a career-minded woman in something that isn't mobile is going to have to start over every few years at a new location. I can see the writing on the wall 8-10 years down the line...SO is given a promotion at a job she loves, then I'm told I'm being sent to the other coast of the U.S. or even better, to Japan or Europe.


Tried to find women whose (albeit limited) profile hinted towards a willingness to live outside of Colombia and move every few years as I am assigned new jobs. Some clearly state that they are studying towards a professional degree or that they desire to start businesses in their country. Their honesty is appreciated and I was able to pare down the list submitted to Jamie to approx. 20 in Barranquilla and a handful who are outside of the city. I'll keep you all posted. I'm just over 2 months out from this adventure!
I know a Navy guy married to a Barranquillera. They have a small  child together and move around a bit. She seems to have no problem with it.

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« Reply #34 on: November 06, 2018, 09:13:22 PM »
ag1987 said:The fact that you will be providing to any prospective spouse, solid income, paid medical and dental, and perks that come with military life, (access to NAVEX, MAC flights), will be inviting to somebody who is just starting out. I suspect you are career minded. Also, you didn't say whether you are officer or enlisted. The perks or RHIP for officer/sr. enlisted, are even more alluring. Who knows. You may meet someone from a military family also!
BTW, I'm heading to Bogota then Ibague for a week on Friday.


Nice, have fun and let us know how it goes!


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« Reply #35 on: November 06, 2018, 10:56:08 PM »
I know a Navy guy married to a Barranquillera. They have a small  child together and move around a bit. She seems to have no problem with it.

Always a roll of the dice with Barranquilleras. In the 25-35 age group you’ll find some very well educated, financially responsible, hardworking young ladies with realistic life goals. Then there’s the not so educated, never left the barrio, not interested in bettering themselves outside of a tit job and a$$ injections that tend to find it a bit more difficult to acclimate to cultures outside of their own. Both types of women can genuinely fall in love with you, but there are some obvious hurdles that come with a certain type. The most difficult IMHO being her family’s expections with respect to financial assistance.

Bogotañas for example, tend to be a bit more driven on average. At the very least willing to work. The regional stereotypes in Colombia exist for good reason. For the uneducated Colombian the U.S. is some paradise with unlimited, 6 figure jobs and sending home a few hundred dollars a month to improve upon the family’s lifestyle shouldn’t be an issue. They will go as far as calling you cheap or selfish when these requests are met with refusal. These are the girls that have a friend of a friend that married a gringo that came to Colombia, bought her family a house, opened a business for them and still sends home millions of pesos a month for the greater good. I’ve never actually met that guy. On the other hand, the right woman will not only love you more intensely and deeply than you’ve ever been loved before, but will also see moving outside of her country as an opportunity for her to help her own family and raise her kids with the potential of a better future.

I’ve dated both types and everything in between. 3 girls from Jamie’s agency throughout the years and a couple I met through friends or on my own. My advice is don’t rush and make sure you get to know her and her family like the back of your hand. Nothing wrong with sending a few bucks back home if you’re financially able, but the question always needs to be asked, “What would they do if I wasn’t here to help?”
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« Reply #36 on: November 06, 2018, 11:46:28 PM »
Always a roll of the dice with Barranquilleras. In the 25-35 age group you’ll find some very well educated, financially responsible, hardworking young ladies with realistic life goals. Then there’s the not so educated, never left the barrio, not interested in bettering themselves outside of a tit job and a$$ injections that tend to find it a bit more difficult to acclimate to cultures outside of their own. Both types of women can genuinely fall in love with you, but there are some obvious hurdles that come with a certain type. The most difficult IMHO being her family’s expections with respect to financial assistance.

Bogotañas for example, tend to be a bit more driven on average. At the very least willing to work. The regional stereotypes in Colombia exist for good reason. For the uneducated Colombian the U.S. is some paradise with unlimited, 6 figure jobs and sending home a few hundred dollars a month to improve upon the family’s lifestyle shouldn’t be an issue. They will go as far as calling you cheap or selfish when these requests are met with refusal. These are the girls that have a friend of a friend that married a gringo that came to Colombia, bought her family a house, opened a business for them and still sends home millions of pesos a month for the greater good. I’ve never actually met that guy. On the other hand, the right woman will not only love you more intensely and deeply than you’ve ever been loved before, but will also see moving outside of her country as an opportunity for her to help her own family and raise her kids with the potential of a better future.

I’ve dated both types and everything in between. 3 girls from Jamie’s agency throughout the years and a couple I met through friends or on my own. My advice is don’t rush and make sure you get to know her and her family like the back of your hand. Nothing wrong with sending a few bucks back home if you’re financially able, but the question always needs to be asked, “What would they do if I wasn’t here to help?”
Totally agree. There are other types of landmines too though. The girl who's married to the Navy guy somehow decided it'd be great to become a Jehovah's Witness AFTER she came to the US and married him. He's not thrilled about that but what can he do about it?....

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« Reply #37 on: November 07, 2018, 04:18:58 AM »
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I'm an Officer (LT), I am a Healthcare Administrator in the Medical Service Corps.

No doubt some extra perks there and greater as your career advances. Just do your diligence and don't expect to find #1 right out of the gate. You are going to spend a lot of time, money, and heartache. But if you stick to your game plan, I'm sure you will come out on top with a winner!

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« Reply #38 on: November 07, 2018, 12:39:13 PM »
Great call on travel insurance and cautious approach to food/beverage consumption. Thankfully (well, it goes two ways), being in the Navy, I am covered under TRICARE and a contract program called International SOS. I work in healthcare in the Navy and have worked with ISOS in the past for MEDEVACs of Sailors and Marines. They are a worldwide network of clinical providers and MEDEVAC teams and, should something bad happen to me, I would be EVAC'd back to the states. The downside of the Navy is the downright intrusiveness of planning and being approved for foreign travel to a non-1st world country/NATO ally. A ton of training modules and what seems like everyone needs to know every detail of my travel. I get it, we have to be accounted for, but it is downright nuts compared to what a regular Joe would have to work with.


As an update, I've provided Jamie responses to his website questionnaire and sent in recent photos. I had to peruse his site and make initial selections. I used a search query of age 24-34 (I am 30), non-smoker, no kids. I myself am never married, no kids. I am pretty boring and don't really have much baggage. My biggest hurdle (and a big driver of seeking someone outside of the US) is the moving around thing - a career-minded woman in something that isn't mobile is going to have to start over every few years at a new location. I can see the writing on the wall 8-10 years down the line...SO is given a promotion at a job she loves, then I'm told I'm being sent to the other coast of the U.S. or even better, to Japan or Europe.


Tried to find women whose (albeit limited) profile hinted towards a willingness to live outside of Colombia and move every few years as I am assigned new jobs. Some clearly state that they are studying towards a professional degree or that they desire to start businesses in their country. Their honesty is appreciated and I was able to pare down the list submitted to Jamie to approx. 20 in Barranquilla and a handful who are outside of the city. I'll keep you all posted. I'm just over 2 months out from this adventure!

Really watch out for the ones that "want to start their own business"

Usually is code for " I have stupid ideas to waste money on, and I need some dumb gringo to help me out by giving me his money to waste on this nonsense"
Same with "professionally educated" women. Most degrees in Colombia arent worth the paper they are written on, almost everyone is studying or has a degree, but unemployment is high , and very few people ( women espescially) are working in their profession.

If you want a "successful"woman, look for one who  already works in her profession or has a successful.business.

However dont know how much of this  is important to you as you are looking for somone to relocate and live with you in various locations around the world.

On a related and interesting side note, the funniest profile I ever saw on Latam Cupid was a Paisa (37..already hit the wall) who said she was a "successful  business woman who had a degree in international business                            ( administracin de negocios internacionales) had a successful business for 7 years with several clients.

She said what she was looking for was a " Man to support her, emotionally and financially, buy her a car and house and invest his money in her "successful business".LMAOF

When I asked her if my interpretación of her words were correct, she confirmed it. I then  ssked her " Are you crazy?Are you trying to scare guys away, cuz you sure are scaring me! "She then got offended and called me a loser (cuz she assumed I had no money) and a "tacaño" and blocked me.

Hilarous.The nerve of some people .Muy descarada! 






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« Reply #39 on: November 07, 2018, 12:45:33 PM »
JWR said:One thing you have to remember is that probably could have happened anywhere, even here in the US. Many places especially in the Caribbean, Central, and South America utilize human and other animal waste as fertilizer on crops and fruit. Case in point: When I was in the Navy, we made a stop in St. Thomas, VI. We had an outbreak of Hepatitis A. An investigation found that it was caused by a Mess Specialist, (food server/preparer) who had a strawberry daiquiri at a particular bar. Further they learned that human waste was used to fertilize the strawberry plantation. But you are correct you never know. I always purchase travel insurance, (which covers upto $5MM) in medical costs.
They use Human wate as fertilizer in California and elsewhere..all.over

It has been through several bio- digestor processes.

Ask scumbuster in the other site. He knows all about that stuff.He worked for CH2MHill.
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« Reply #40 on: November 07, 2018, 01:40:51 PM »

Watch what you eat and drink, as too many guys here took trips and spent most of them sick, green and barfing. Not too good whilst 'dating'...LOL


Again. And even staying away from ice cubes, worry about how plates and glasses were washed... Stay away from anything like fruit, salads. Forget about street food (it's easy to momentarily 'forget') and make sure IF you DO eat anything cooked, make damn sure that's it's well done. Or else YOU'll end up 'well done' in a bad way....

Always pack imodium, antibiotics and pocket sized packs of kleenex.  Lots of bottled water, you'll need hydration anyways. I  travel with beef jerky, dried fruit, other light weight, USA bought snack foods....
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« Reply #41 on: November 07, 2018, 02:00:03 PM »
Really watch out for the ones that "want to start their own business"

Usually is code for " I have stupid ideas to waste money on, and I need some dumb gringo to help me out by giving me his money to waste on this nonsense"
Same with "professionally educated" women. Most degrees in Colombia arent worth the paper they are written on, almost everyone is studying or has a degree, but enemployment is high , and very few people ( women espescially) are working in their profession.

If you want a "sucsessful"woman, look for one who  already works in her profession or has a sucsessful.business.

However dont know how much of this  is important to you as you are looking for somone to relocate and live with you in various locations around the world.

On a related and interesting side note, the funniest profile I ever saw on Latam Cupid was a Paisa (37..already hit the wall) who said she was a "sucsessful  business woman who had a degree in international business                            ( administracin de negocios internacionales) had a sucessful business for 7 years with several clients.

She said what she was looking for was a " Man to support her, emotionally and financially, buy her a car and house and invest his money in her "sucsessful business".LMAOF

When I asked her if my interpretación of her words were correct, she confirmed it. I then  ssked her " Are you crazy?Are you trying to scare guys away, cuz you sure are scaring me! "She then got offended and called me a loser (cuz she assumed I had no money) and a "tacaño" and blocked me.

Hilarous.The nerve of some people .Muy descarada!
Totally agree. You need to read between the lines with alot of them, although paisa was easier than most to figure out...

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« Reply #42 on: November 07, 2018, 04:03:34 PM »
They use Human wate as fertilizer in California and elsewhere..all.over

It has been through several bio- digestor processes.

Ask scumbuster in the other site. He knows all about that stuff.He worked for CH2MHill.


I only ever got sick (worth noting anyway-as far as food poisoning) once in Colombia. This is after living here 6 and a half years, and travelling here extensively  since 2004.

But then I have spent a third of my life living in developing countries so my stomach is pretty hardened.

In the Cities in Colombia the water is pretty safe.Its not like the Philipines. I drink from the tap water always. Only time I avoid it is in some of the pueblos, and even then , I avoid it only if the locals tell me to avoid it.

The time I did get sick was on the coast in Santa Marta at a fish restaurant.

They story some guy told me is that they freeze and ship all the fresh fish for consunmers in Bogota and Medellin, and the restaurants get the left over stuff that lays around, unfrozen ( sometimes for a few days) for the restaurants to seĺl to the tourists to eat.

I was sick with diahrea for about 5 days and lost about 3 or 4 kg, but survived and recovered...didnt even go to the doctor.

On another ocasión , however, my friend (Paisa from Mainizales) and I ate ceviche from a vendor in a little hut on the beach. I was Ok, had no effect what so ever, but my friend was so sick, he had deliruim tremors,had to be hospitalized, have intraveneous injections, and lost about 6 kg.

Watch out for the seafood on the coast, I guess.

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« Reply #43 on: November 07, 2018, 04:14:58 PM »
Again. And even staying away from ice cubes, worry about how plates and glasses were washed... Stay away from anything like fruit, salads. Forget about street food (it's easy to momentarily 'forget') and make sure IF you DO eat anything cooked, make damn sure that's it's well done. Or else YOU'll end up 'well done' in a bad way....

Always pack imodium, antibiotics and pocket sized packs of kleenex.  Lots of bottled water, you'll need hydration anyways. I  travel with beef jerky, dried fruit, other light weight, USA bought snack foods....

I think this is a bit too.paranoid for Colombia in 2019. This is not the Democratic Republic of Congo..


I eat everything here, just like back home(well.this is my home now.. ).you name it..I eat it..

The only time I ever got sick (worth noting anyway-as far as food poisoning) once in Colombia. This is after living here 6 and a half years, and travelling here extensively  since 2004.

But then I have spent a third of my life living in developing countries so my stomach is pretty hardened.

In the Cities in Colombia the water is pretty safe.Its not like the Philipines. I drink from the tap water always. Only time I avoid it is in some of the pueblos, and even then , I avoid it only if the locals tell me to avoid it.

The time I did get sick was on the coast in Santa Marta at a fish restaurant.

They story some guy told me is that they freeze and ship all the fresh fish for consunmers in Bogota and Medellin, and the restaurants get the left over stuff that lays around, unfrozen ( sometimes for a few days) for the restaurants to seĺl to the tourists to eat.

I was sick with diahrea for about 5 days and lost about 3 or 4 kg, but survived and recovered...didnt even go to the doctor.

On another ocasión , however, my friend (Paisa from Mainizales) and I ate ceviche from a vendor in a little hut on the beach. I was Ok, had no effect what so ever, but my friend was so sick, he had deliruim tremors,had to be hospitalized, have intraveneous injections, and lost about 6 kg.

Watch out for the seafood on the coast, I guess.

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Re: Is this crazy?
« Reply #44 on: November 07, 2018, 06:26:05 PM »
You indicate spending a third of your life in third world hell holes and half a dozen or so years in Colombia, so for sure you've  gotten the 'herd' or 'tribal' immunity effect to the environment/s.

I'm vacinated for just about everything you can stick in a person anyhow--hep. etc.

Even me, after a few weeks in the Philippines, and I'm drinking the water and eating just about everything, even street food if it's cooked enough.

But my work all around this area, traveling thru 3rd world like parts of Georgia, has done the same. I probably don't want to know what my blood's lead level is. For starters in life, I chewed the lead paint off of the crib....

But I still travel with a variety of nice, legally prescribed pharmacy drugs, my own t.p. and more, 'just in case'....
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Re: Is this crazy?
« Reply #45 on: November 07, 2018, 08:47:48 PM »
Robert_angel said:
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ou indicate spending a third of your life in third world hell holes and half a dozen or so years in Colombia, so for sure you've  gotten the 'herd' or 'tribal' immunity effect to the environment/s.

I'm vacinated for just about everything you can stick in a person anyhow--hep. etc.

Even me, after a few weeks in the Philippines, and I'm drinking the water and eating just about everything, even street food if it's cooked enough.

But my work all around this area, traveling thru 3rd world like parts of Georgia, has done the same. I probably don't want to know what my blood's lead level is. For starters in life, I chewed the lead paint off of the crib....

But I still travel with a variety of nice, legally prescribed pharmacy drugs, my own t.p. and more, 'just in case'....
Ok, how's a balut?

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Re: Is this crazy?
« Reply #46 on: November 07, 2018, 09:15:34 PM »
Robert_angel said:Ok, how's a balut?

Better than that swarmy durian fruit. That's some. nasty stuff. I'd rather drink old hookah water. I have no earthly idea why the chinese are going totally batsh!!t over the stuff, but they're actually driving the price and availibility bonkers..

Besides eating it 'straight up' in large quantities, they are putting it into an unbelievable variety of food and drinks.
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« Reply #47 on: November 08, 2018, 09:58:07 AM »
Better than that swarmy durian fruit. That's some. nasty stuff. I'd rather drink old hookah water. I have no earthly idea why the chinese are going totally batsh!!t over the stuff, but they're actually driving the price and availibility bonkers..

Besides eating it 'straight up' in large quantities, they are putting it into an unbelievable variety of food and drinks.

Article below purports export of this gawdawful stuff to china said to exceed a billion dollars, says they're making durian "McFlurrys" & hotcakes, Pizza Hut offering it as a topping (and I thought the black, squid ink 36 inch filipino pizzas is nasty enough), speculating them adding it to baby formula...

https://www.google.com/amp/amp.abc.net.au/article/10143766
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Re: Is this crazy?
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« Reply #48 on: November 08, 2018, 11:40:28 AM »
Really watch out for the ones that "want to start their own business"

Usually is code for " I have stupid ideas to waste money on, and I need some dumb gringo to help me out by giving me his money to waste on this nonsense"
Same with "professionally educated" women. Most degrees in Colombia arent worth the paper they are written on, almost everyone is studying or has a degree, but unemployment is high , and very few people ( women espescially) are working in their profession.

If you want a "successful"woman, look for one who  already works in her profession or has a successful.business.

However dont know how much of this  is important to you as you are looking for somone to relocate and live with you in various locations around the world.

On a related and interesting side note, the funniest profile I ever saw on Latam Cupid was a Paisa (37..already hit the wall) who said she was a "successful  business woman who had a degree in international business                            ( administracin de negocios internacionales) had a successful business for 7 years with several clients.

She said what she was looking for was a " Man to support her, emotionally and financially, buy her a car and house and invest his money in her "successful business".LMAOF

When I asked her if my interpretación of her words were correct, she confirmed it. I then  ssked her " Are you crazy?Are you trying to scare guys away, cuz you sure are scaring me! "She then got offended and called me a loser (cuz she assumed I had no money) and a "tacaño" and blocked me.

Hilarous.The nerve of some people .Muy descarada!


You are absolutely right. Before she left Medellin, my wife supervised hundreds of people in the textile plants in Itaqui. Now she supervises hundreds of people in the Toyota plant in San Antonio. Basically she is doing the exact same work she used to do just for a lot more money.

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Re: Is this crazy?
« Reply #49 on: November 08, 2018, 07:18:01 PM »
You’ll have a blast ag, just go with an open mind, and don’t get caught up in the beauty of the women and how affectionate there are. I used Jaime last year, I will say the process is crazy, after three days I was exhausted of meeting women. I didn’t meet the one, but made a few very good friends, where when I went to Bogota, they flew up and introduced me to there friends up there, and are planning to show me Medellin when I go back for Carnival at the end of Feb. Just work on your Spanish a little, I don’t speak it but understand it, so as long as have the basics you’ll be good on your trip. Hope to see a trip report. I’m planning on doing one this time after my 30 day excursion at the end of Feb.

 

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