Well … This example actually shows a place in Envigado, but the strategy is the same for any place in and around Medellin, Colombia.
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What about Hulu, Amazon On Demand, DIRECTV or AppleTV … can I watch those in Colombia? I’ve got some good news, and some not sooo good news …
Play the video below to find out the details:
NetFlix definitely works in Colombia … The apartment we’re renting came with Smart TVs in all of the bedrooms and living room. The first thing the kids checked for was NetFlix. They loaded up our login details and boom … It worked!
I failed to bring up AppleTV in the video. We brought our AppleTV with us from the United States. I’m not sure if they sell them here. But it works flawlessly here as well.
We’ve used it daily in the first apartment in Laureles. Since moving to La Frontera neighborhood, we haven’t unpacked it … But I will as soon as I finish writing up this post, lol.
When using your Apple TV, just make sure to go into your settings and update your location and other settings.
Well … One of the T.V.s in the condo has the Amazon On Demand app on it and we were able to login successfully and pick up on our favorite shows (the ones that haven’t made it too NetFlix yet). So yes … Amazon On Demand works just fine.
DIRECTV – Everywhere I go, I see their satellite dishes on buildings. I don’t have personal experience with the service, but I’ve spoken to quite a few sports fans here that have said they’re able to watch all of their favorite shows and sports packages (including U.S. football and basketball).
I did see a few NFL games broadcasting when I ate at a few of the local bars and restaurants.
Hulu on the other hand does not work here. You’ll need an U.S. based I.P. address to make it work. Fortunately, there is a workaround. You can purchase and download a VPN (Virtual Private Network) that lets you connect to a secure U.S. based IP address.
Once you’re on the VPN, you can watch Hulu on your laptop (and then connect it to your T.V.). If you typically watch your shows on a smart phone, then you can add the software to your phone and watch your shows from your phone as well.
Sometimes when trying to login to my bank, I have an issue because the security features from the bank won’t allow me to login directly because they recognize the foreign I.P. address I’m connecting from. So having a secure VPN has saved my butt many times.
The VPN service I use is through a company called Private Internet Access. The service is awesome and it’s very easy unlike the others to setup. It costs $39.95 per year and I can use it on up to 5 devices too (laptop, cell phones, tablets, etc..)
If you access the internet through public wifi hotspots, shared internet routers, which is the case if you’re renting condos here in Medellin, then your data, files and privacy may be at risk. Having a VPN allows you to connect through a service that utilizes high grade encryption.
Now that I’ve used this type of service, I don’t think I’ll ever get on public wi-fi without it. You can use it anywhere in the world and you don’t notice a decrease in speed. I just feel better knowing my data and passwords I type into my computer are encrypted while I’m on a public network … Especially when I’m out on my phone … I have very private and sensitive data stored there.
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The quality of life in Medellin gets better day by day … As of this post, we’ve only been in Medellin Colombia for about 75 days. We’re still in love with this amazing city, and even after nearly 8 weeks, something new continues to happen that makes us fall in love even more.
While working away on my laptop, I noticed my 8 year old girl Charli, still had this nagging cough. Just seemed like it wouldn’t go away. It’s one of those things where you hear it differently on a particular day, and say to yourself, ‘ why is that cough still lurking around…’
So with that, I turned to the Internet to find a local clinic or hospital. I still haven’t been here long enough to determine which hospital or clinic was closest too me, or which one was better. But one thing I can say for sure, there are a no shortages of hospitals or clinics here in Medellin.
As I started to search and search, I started to make myself sick by wondering ‘how in the world was I going to communicate with these folks at the hospital?’
My Spanish speaking skills are horrible. I break out in cold sweats when I’m forced to carry on long conversations where I have no idea what they’re talking about, and where they don’t have a clue as to what I’m saying.
About the only reliable thing I can say with extreme confidence is … ‘Mi español es muy malo’, which means ‘my Spanish is VERY bad’ (although my Spanish is getting better week by week).
Anyhow, as I continued my online search for doctors in Medellin, I started to come across a few facilities that indicated they had translators available.
But what blew me away was the listings of doctors that would come by your house … You know, good ‘old-fashioned’ house-calls.
We managed to get a hold of a local Colombian doctor that spoke English. My wife called and explained what was going on and we were hoping to get an appointment set over the next couple days, but when she said, “I can come by today”, we were shocked.
I went online and found great reviews about this young lady and decided to set the appointment. As of this writing, her fee to make a house call was $150.000.00 pesos (about $50 U.S. Dollars).
She came over and gave my daughter a full work-up.
After watching Charli get her work-up, I decided to get everyone checked out … Since she was already here, it only made sense for all of us to get checked out and put into her system.
She created a file for each of us and of course, my blood pressure was high, and I suspected my blood sugar was elevated (I haven’t quite followed a proper diet since being here).
She ordered a bunch of labs for me and some for my wife. On Tuesday, my wife and I will make a trip to the laboratory to get our labs done. It’s about a 3-4 mile ride up the road in Uber and will cost about $1.50 – $1.75 for the trip.
She told me each of the labs will run anywhere from about $5 – $7 bucks a piece (U.S. Dollars). In the U.S., I regularly paid $90-$150 for routine blood work every 6 months.
We absolutely fell in love with our doctor. She was amazing. Another plus about this doctor is her deep passion for nutrition and wellness. She feels there are a lot of natural ways to heal various ailments versus using medication as the primary line of defence.
I’ve been on blood pressure medicine for at least the last 15 years and I’m ready to get off the stuff. She feels very confident that she can help me eventually get off the meds.
In fact, she came back to our house the following day and took us to the ‘La Minorista’ market in Medellin. This market is like a HUGE warehouse where you can go in and get fresh fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, teas, fish, and meats of all sorts.
The place is probably about the size of about 2-3 home depots put together, and some parts have 2 levels. From my understanding, this is the small market. The larger one is called ‘La Majorista’.
We spent several hours there and she and her husband took us around and showed us how to identify which fruits and vegetables to get. This was important because in many cases, we were purchasing food that had not fully ripen. So this was great.
Now tell me this… How many doctors in the United States would do this for their patients?
When I go get my labs next week, I’ll make sure to update you all on how that experience goes … I’m very anxious to see this for myself.
In the interim, I made a quick video clip highlighting some of the information the doctor shared with me about the foods and chemicals used in those foods that could make you sick and even cause cancer.
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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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Checkout this Laureles neighborhood in Medellin as I walk through. I’ll be getting more footage of this area to add to the collection of Laureles neighbourhood videos.
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