1 Month Update: The Uncensored Truth About Living in Medellin, Colombia

Botanical Garden of Medellin

WOW … It’s hard to believe we’ve been living in Medellin Colombia for a month now. It seems like we just got here. 30 days ago, my family of 5 arrived in Medellin, Colombia on an airplane shortly after midnight. It was dark and raining and we didn’t know what to expect upon arriving.

Taxi drivers rushed us to get our luggage and it was all happening so fast. We didn’t understand what they were saying and the reality of it all hit us pretty quick … We are in a foreign country and we don’t know what the heck is going on. All I could think of was all of the negative stories I heard about kidnappings, drugs, ransoms and other craziness.

Because we had too many bags, we had to get into two separate taxis. My wife took two of the girls, and I had the youngest one … I honestly didn’t know what to think after we got into separate taxis. I immediately started praying and pleaded with God to get us all to the hotel safely and together. A part of me was frightened and hoped these taxi guys weren’t going to kidnap and ransom us off for money..

My driver was smiling and talking and smiling and talking the entire time in Spanish. All I could say the entire time was ‘Si’ (which means yes). He picked up the phone a few times and all I heard was ‘Americana’ and a big old smile on his face. So I just kept on praying and thanking God in advance for a safe delivery to the Holiday Inn Express.

That was 30-days ago … And our life in Medellin Colombia turned out to be shockingly UNBELIEVABLE. Watch the video to get the one month update on what’s happening with our family in Medellin, Colombia, and discover the details of an unexpected chance meeting with two 17 and 18 year old Colombian teens — I didn’t see this coming! Play the video below:

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Cartess Ross

Hello, I'm Cartess Ross and I'm a serial entrepreneur and digital marketer. I'm the guy writing most of the stuff on this website and traveling around the world with my wife and our 3 youngest daughters. Feel free to stalk me online and ask questions!

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Alonzo Simmons

Hey Cartess,

I just want to say you are a TRUE INSPIRATION. My words can’t properly describe your impact and what you represent, its amazing. You are truly free and living life. You have the life that most only dream of having and you built a real business!!! Also I appreciate your honesty and information about the business. I’ll keep checking in with you, but keep an eye out for my T’s out of Dallas, TX.

Alonzo

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    Cartess Ross

    hi Alonzo,

    Thank you for the kind words sir … It’s sincerely appreciated! I honestly believe any and everyone can map out the life they choose if they plan it. It may take a few years to get there, but it’s possible and within grasp. It took us many years to get to this stage, but it’s my goal to show everyone how to short-cut it and get their faster. Stay tuned, I got a lot more coming 🙂

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John Jett

Dear Mr. Ross,

Its always a pleasure listening to your Youtube postings. I am impressed. I would like to move to Medellin from US and start a consulting business. However, I do not speak Spanish. How is industry and consulting business in Medellin and would it make sense to start a consulting business there since I speak only English? You also mentioned a book about personal development in one of your posting but I do not remember which one it was. Can you recommend books on such.

Please Advise.

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    Cartess Ross

    hi John … I think a consulting business is a great idea. Without knowing what your business is about, it’s hard for me to offer any type of valuable input. If you’re catering to local Spanish speaking business owners, then I’d say that you’re probably going to need to know the language. At a minimum, you’ll need a translator, but even that could be a drag because you’ll always be dealing with a ‘middleman’ or ‘woman. There are a lot of English speaking expats here, many of them own and operate their own business. That may suit your needs. In addition, if you were to charge local businesses for your consulting, the earned income won’t be comparable to what you own in the U.S. You need U.S. dollars flowing in order to benefit from the strong U.S. dollar. I can’t remember which book I recommended, but you can’t go wrong with Earl Nighengale’s ‘Lead the Field’. It’s in audio version … It’s the best purchase you’ll make all year. When I purchased it nearly 20 years ago, it was selling for $199 … You won’t get a better deal than this right here: http://amzn.to/2ftMdCy

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Yvette

Hi Cartess!! You videos are great and informative. I will be travelling to Medellin in June 2017 to decide if I will be moving there permanently. I spent last summer in Costa Rica and loved it but Mitch and Donna have sparked our interest and have convinced us to consider Medellin. I am married and have 2 children, 9 and 10, so we will spend most of our time there researching locations that will best fit our needs. Our children are currently homeschooled but we are open to a brick and mortar option for school. Please share if you have any information on schools. I speak Spanish fairly well but I just started some basic teaching with the kids and they are picking up fast. I look forward to your next video.

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