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Uncensored Truth About Living in 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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24 comments
Quintin says

I’m trying to move there man. big fan keep it up hopefully I meet you one day. peace love and light. Q!!!

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Brotherswait says

I like your new website! Looking forward to move quality videos from you.God bless you and yours.

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Vanessa says

I’m a facilities professional…what’s the job market like?

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    Cartess Ross says

    hi Vanessa … I haven’t looked into the job market yet. From my understanding, to work here, you must get a work visa from the company who wishes to hire you. I suggest you come with a your own source of income. The pay is not comparable to what you’ll get in the United States. The minimum wage here in Colombia for 2017 is $737,717.00 pesos ($246 U.S.D.)

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Damaine Sweeney says

Great job! I plan on relocating there in the next 4 to 5 years. I want to buy something for 80K USD. I will have to contact you. What are the opportunities for teaching English there?

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    Cartess Ross says

    hi Damaine,

    Welcome. I’m not sure what the opportunities are for teaching English here. If I hear anything, I will certainly make a post about it.

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Jason says

Great job Mr. Ross,
I am one of your YouTube fans/subsriber and I am happy to hear and see that you and your family are settling well in Medellin, Colombia. I am also glad you to see that you have started this Website of yours. I am looking forward to making plans on visiting Colombia next year in 2018. (to late for this year) I to will be making plans to retire to Colombia myself. I have approximately 6 to 7 years left before retirement and I have had a lot of my fellow co-workers having to be forced into retirment recently because of age. When it dawned on me that all of those who have retired HAVE to continue working after retirement to survive. Their pentions and retirement savings just wasn’t enough. That’s when I realized, thats going to be me in just a short time. Then it dawned on me, a couple of months ago, that there’s gotta be a better way. I’ve talked it over with my wife and we’ve spoke in depth about geeting out from under all of this. But there is still some reservaations on her part about the whole thing. Understandably, because of a number of reasons.
Moving out of the country.
Moving to a country that she’s unfamiliar with.
Fear of the past horror stories of Pablo Escabar and the drug cartels.
Not speaking the language.
Moving away from family.
You name it, she’s had it. I’ve done a lot of research and reassured her that it’s no longer like that anymore, but thanks to the past media, it’s ingrained into her head.
I’ve also done a lot of research of the different cities of Colombia and have finnally made my decision on Medellin. What I would like to see and hear more of is from your wife on how she’s addapting to the new life in a new world so that my wife could feel at ease, you know from a womans point of view. Men can hear and speak about it all day everyday but when it comes to women it’s totally different. Hearing it from another woman it’s different. Don’t get me wrong my wife will follow me to the ends of the earth but I’d feel better if she can hear it from another black married woman. Oh yeah the last video with the binculars didn’t help me either. LOL
I have a very strong marrige, but you know women.

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    Cartess Ross says

    hi Jason,

    Thanks for your feedback … Much appreciated. Thanks for your suggestion on getting a woman’s perspective on Colombia. As a result, I did manage to get the wife in front of the camera to talk today. Here’s a link to the video on the new Escape to Medellin channel on youtube — make sure to subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vA6vr0s1lNk

    I haven’t had a chance to put it on the website yet, but will get it posted soon. We also shot another video tonight as well as it relates to ‘not being able to speak the language’. I’ll likely get that one up in a few days.

    Keep the suggestions coming … We appreciate it.

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      Jason says

      Not a problem brother. My wfe and I saw it just after you posted it. We absolutely loved it. We’ll be looking forward to the next video’s as well. Like I said before keep up the great work, hopefully and evenually we’ll meet in the future.

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Larry says

Cartess:

I read Jason’s post and your response. It appears that Jason and I had to retire under similar age related rules. My years was as a Federal employee. My wife and I on the other hand will be in Cartagena next week for a 5-week Spanish immersion school. While there we will reside with a Colombian family. We will also visit Medellin upon completion of the school. Would it be Ok if I contacted you and maybe meet for coffee or lunch when we arrive in Medellin.

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    Cartess Ross says

    hi Larry … Sorry to hear that. It seems like this is becoming an all to familiar story, but, that’s why I like ‘lemons’ … Because when life throws you sour lemons, you can make good tasting ‘lemonade’. I’d love to meet you and the wife when you all make your stop here. Feel free to reach out to us when you’re here.

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Cathy says

Hi Curtess,
Just discovered your videos. Great job! I am another American (from California) who arrived in Medelllin in Nov. I am interested in meeting local tech startup founders and would like to invest here . Maybe we could meet for coffee or have a Skype or WhatsApp call.

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LeRoy Blanchard says

Cartess; thank you for all the wonderful information. i’m hoping to be in Medellin by the summer this year. i’m a retired teacher and so appreciative for your information. I would love to contribute to your investment endives. thank you again. aloha Keawe

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    Cartess Ross says

    Thanks for the kind words LeRoy … Let us know when u make your way down here 🙂

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tyler sparkman says

i live in sf ca could you advise me how get flight to medellin from sf

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Pat says

Inspiring read. I been thinking about coming to Medellin for a bit this year . I’m a 23 year old interested in moving there. Maybe we can meet up when I quit procrastinating

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Tyllersparkman says

I watched your YouTube videos can you tell how much I need for 5 day visit

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    Cartess Ross says

    Hard question to really answer … Each person or family is different. I don’t know if you’re by yourself or coming with a family and don’t know what your plans are once you get here … There’s sooo much to do.

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