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..
Since arriving to Medellin Colombian about 8 days ago, we’ve had the chance to wander around and get a feel for the city. In the following video, I discuss all of the fears and safety concerns I had prior to getting here.
Play the video below to get a newbies perspective on what it’s like to be a foreigner in Colombia, South America.
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So today, Ana came by to spend more time with us on our Spanish. We’ve been here a week already and I’m really beginning to believe that I can pick this language up — and I’m 42 years old.
The kids seem to enjoy it and they just seem to pick it up much faster. Worse case-scenario is that I can tote one of them around Medellin to speak and translate Spanish on my behalf.
Here’s a small clip from one of our Spanish lessons with Ana in Medellin!
Today, we played a game that’s similar to bingo … It was really fun and the kids really enjoyed it. We also played a modified version of Pictionary too.
Since leaving home at 18 years old, I haven’t had three square meals per day in about 24 years. Our new housekeeper Gloria, started today, and it looks like I’m gonna get three squares from now on. Something I never thought would happen again in my lifetime, lol.
It goes to show, that no matter how ridiculous your goals are, they can happen. I asked for three squares per day, and now it’s happening. LOL. GOD is good.
Now, considering we just moved in, we didn’t have much in the fridge, but Gloria did the best with what few items we had (see pic below).
But since Gloria is here, things are about to get much better. Today, she is writing out a grocery list, and will go buy all the food needed to cook us authentic Colombian meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
YEP … In addition to the cooking, Gloria will also clean the house, do the laundry, iron clothes and a few other things as well.
Would you believe me if I said you can have all of this for $20 – $25 per day? Well, you can … It won’t include the 3 cooked meals per day, but you can get your entire house cleaned for a daily rate of about $20 bucks — this includes washing dishes, mopping floors, cleaning the bedrooms and bathrooms, making beds, ironing clothes, cleaning windows, dusting, doing your laundry and more … all for just about $20 – $25 per day. She’s here from 8:00 a.m. t0 5:00 p.m.
Listen to the media long enough, you’ll think blacks in America are doing bad. Well, all of the negative hype simply ain’t true. Just look at the families and children in the photograph below! We’re all expats travelling the world with our families … we’re black and we’re doing very well.
This photo was taken during a national holiday in Medellin, Colombia, at the Botanical Garden of Medellin. This was a meet-up of the families who were all connected together by Mitch and Donna Gallegos-Griffith.
Mitch and Donna Gallegos-Griffith have been very instrumental in helping us get over our fears about traveling abroad.
I ain’t gonna lie … I was scared, terrified and nervous about leaving. Just the idea of it all scared me. But after sitting on my computer and watching all of Mitch and Donna’s videos on Facebook and YouTube channel, I finally decided to take the plunge.
Folks thought we were crazy when we told them we were traveling abroad. And after meeting all of these great folks, their families and kids, I’m 100% convinced I made the right decision.
The wealthiest people amongst us will say this strategy will keep you working for the rest of your life until you drop dead, OR, until you become a burden on your children, whichever comes first!
What are your thoughts … please share below!