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Importing Your Car and Household Goods Into Colombia

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Is an adventure in Colombia calling your name? Perhaps you are enthralled by the warm people, rich culture or beautiful scenery that the country offers. Or, maybe you are drawn by the prospect of a lower cost of living and the flourishing expat community. Whatever your individual reasons for considering a move to Colombia, you likely have a long list of questions. Chief among these are likely the taxes, duties, forms and customs process you’ll encounter, when importing a car and household goods into Colombia.

Importing Household Goods: Taxes and Duties.An Exact Figure Can Be Elusive.
When it comes to an exact percentage of import tax and duties you can expect to pay for your household items - unfortunately, this information can be difficult to pin down. Some expats report paying different rates when importing shipments at different times, and say that a final figure is impossible to obtain beforehand (1). Some of this variation is due to the customs officials you encounter at your spe…

Top Expat Hacks to Survive Colombia

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I'm gonna try to keep these Expat Hacks short and sweet. You might be an expat, perhaps even a wannabe expat, I don't know. What I am gonna tell ya here is that there's an easy way to get by in this new land with different people, and a hard way.

I could blow smoke up your arse and explain about the '5 best ways to eat avocado in Colombia'. Or 'how to dance Salsa like a Caleño in 5 days'. 'How not to be a gringo in 5 steps', or any of the many '5 different ways to do 5 hundred different things'. But let's keep these Expat Hacks here short and sweet.

These are my top Expat Hacks on surviving Colombia with your wellbeing and peace of mind fully intact. Don't scoff at them. If you're full of yourself and think you know better, let me know in the comments section and I might just include them in the list here too.

The Colombian Cemetery on Halloween

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Well, Halloween weekend has passed and the day itself has arrived. From a sleepy Andean town west of Bogotá, I decided to visit one of those places we do not like to think about let alone grace with our presence, a Colombian Cemetery.

Away from the typical Halloween celebrations of costumes and fancy dress that Colombians like to indulge in just as much as their North American counterparts. See my snap video of some fairly outlandish Colombians pretending to be the Muslim Mujahideen.

The Leaked ARTE Film that The Establishment Media Tried to Censor

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The recent film by name of Chosen and Excluded – The Hate on Jews in Europe or natively named Auserwählt und Ausgegrenzt – Der Hass auf Juden in Europa by Joachim Schroeder.

It brings to bear antisemitism in the West. The film was commissioned by a channel called ARTE but later refused to air the resulting documentary film as it proves uncomfortable viewing to those with an alter-motive established by the government and mainstream media across Europe but particularly in current Germany.

Vlogging The Stuart Oswald World

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So along with my podcast, I am now taking time out to upload some regular Colombia Vlogs. It's not something I specifically set out to do. But I always have my camera or at least my mobile phone with me so I thought why not show anyone interested what I am seeing and experiencing here in my Colombia Vlogs. This is my channel https://www.youtube.com/c/StuartOswald and would love you to subscribe and comment on any videos that you find interesting. Below is just my channel intro video. I have many other videos too.


I have had my channel for a long time and it wasn't set up to host my Colombia vlogs. It was actually a place for me to share my Japan travel clips for a series of blog posts I wrote on this site. Since then it lay dormant until I found myself experiencing many new things after moving here to Colombia. Despite there being a few other English speaking vloggers here in Colombia, namely Zach, Miguel, and Sam. Although they are great YouTubers, I found that they were not …

The Original Hansel and Gretel Story

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Welcome to my world of a time honoured mystery and fright of a tale. At some point in your life, you must have been told or at least heard of Hansel and Gretel's nightmarish ordeal in the great forest.


I myself am a native British and German fluent in both languages. This folktale has come to me orally through my family back in my early life from Europe's Great Forest (the Bohemian forest itself). Furthermore, this tale would have most certainly stemmed from before the Brother's Grimm first released it in the 1800s. The focus of this translation true to my received version of this story is to retell and keep alive this important Germanic cultural tale at a time when preserving German culture is more important now than ever before. It should help in telling this story mainly to non-German speaking people.


I remember being told this story by my mother and grandmother who come themselves from that Great Forest. The story was a quite a scary story but it is one that to this d…

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