There's no place like home if you have one!
My Landlords are Sellin' the Farm!
The Espinozas are about the nicest people you could ever meet. They're also the owners of the apartment I live in (here in Santa Cruz). Don Jorge and Señora Martha live on a pretty 4-hectare quinta (country property) near La Guardia, a small town just 20 minutes from the city along the Doble Vía a La Guardia, which is the 4-lane highway that you would take if you were to drive to Samaipata. They've decided to sell their beautiful quinta, retire and move into town so I've set up a page that describes it for anyone who might be interested. It's got a splendid house and a great guesthouse and tons of other stuff. See a full description and photos here. Oops! Since they'll be moving into the apartment I now occupy - guess who's currently doing some major house hunting!
These discussions are taking place in our forums right now. Got any answers or opinions to share? I'm a little worried people will get bored of hearing ONLY mine! LOL.
Don't people get bored of my opinion?
Americans need a visa - but which one?
One of the most confusing issues for tourists and expats to Bolivia is the question of visas. There's an interesting discussion going on in our travel forum at this time, initiated by Kenny from Florida - should he get a tourist visa or a residency visa if he plans to tour and possibly stay as a resident afterward? It's tricky when you're not sure what you really want to do or how long you want to stay in Bolivia. Take a look and join in. VisaHQ.com is located right on Embassy Row in Washington D.C. They can help you choose and process the correct visa for your type of travel.
What is the cost of living in Bolivia?
Someone wrote in requesting information on the cost of living in Santa Cruz. It's really REALLY hard to gauge because in a country like Bolivia where there is no zoning, and there are such serious differences in economic levels, you can find something very expensive or very cheap - but there are very few options in between. Here's the discussion going on so far. It would be nice if this person got other opinions so join in!
Is Bolivia safe for Americans any more?
This question has shown up in our forums several times now and I get lots of the same through our TELL BELL contact form. It's always more interesting when our site visitors get responses from others and not just me, so take a look at this thread and add your opinions: Is Bolivia still safe for Americans?
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Alasitas is a huge fair in La Paz, coming up on the 24th of January. At this handcrafts and food fair, you can learn a lot about Bolivian culture like why Bolivians celebrate Alasitas, who is the Ekkekko, and why everything at this fair is a miniature!
Carnaval in Bolivia is coming up soon. Most people think of Carnaval in Oruro and the famous devil dancers, but on this page you’ll learn more about the history of Carnaval, where it originated, why its celebrated around the world, what the word “carnival” means, and how it’s celebrated in completely different ways in Oruro and Santa Cruz. Carnaval begins on February 12th so read up!
Tax Time Again! (Uh-oh!)
Expats can't put tax filing off until the last minute. NCH Wealth Advisors (ExpatCFO.com) can help you get everything in order between now and April (hopefully you won't wait until the last minute). I own a business in Bolivia - can you imagine filing taxes every month here AND at year's end AND in the US?? Ugh. I think I'll go hide under a rock. Meanwhile, here's hoping things will be much simpler for you!
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