After four years of international living and freelance writing, a three year-long relationship with a Colombian man and much exploration and self-reflection, I moved back to my hometown and am working an (almost) 9-5 job. It’s not quite the dream, but it (almost) pays the bills. For now, my writing career is limited to reviving my blog, which is a little confused right now, but I’m working on it! If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know I lived in Colombia and Panama between 2007 and 2011 and used to call travel guide writing my “job.” But now here I am in the lovely unincorporated Census-designated community of Centreville, VA trying to find a new and interesting slant for my blog and do a little suburban and urban exploration when I can. Things I’m interested in right now include urban living, urban design, parks and green spaces, getting in shape, fitness, healthy eating, self-acceptance and online and real-life dating, so I’ll probably be writing about these things.

At this particular moment, things that make me happy, in no particular order, are: Riding my bike on warm, sunny days, taking pictures of my dog, hiking , eating Vietnamese summer rolls, nice dinners/evenings with a small group of friends, watching real-life crime TV, exploring small towns, blogging, knitting scarves, useless Internet research, popcorn, NPR, cheesecake dense vegetation and exploring neighborhoods and park, though all these are subject to change.

If ever you need to contact me with Colombian man related questions too embarrassing to post on my blog or you just think I’m so cool you want to discuss something off my blog, feel free to email me at jjuliana84@yahoo.com.

34 replies

  1. Hi. I’m from Canada and was thinking about moving to Latin America. Since you’re there from the US, can you tell me if this was a good choice for you and how I would go about moving there. I’m curious about the financial situation and how much I could live off of to live comfortably. Can you help? I’d appreciate it. Thanks.

    • Hi Megan,

      It has its ups and downs. In Colombia, if you don’t have any debts back home and want your own apartment, I’d say you need minimum about $1,500 a month to live well. If you want to share a place with someone, you can get away with about $1,000-1,200. I live in Bogota which is the most expensive city in Colombia, elsewhere, you can live a little more cheaply.

      If you want to talk more, feel free to e-mail me at jjperilla@gmail.com!

  2. If anyone could help me find resources to make this decision easier, I’d be so grateful. Or if there’s anyone who lives in Latin America who’s reading this, perhaps you can email me with information. Thx

  3. Dear Jisel,

    I am Emmanuel from France. I currently live in Medellin. I’ve read your blog and enjoyed it a lot!

    I currently work for Buena Nota, a Colombian non-profit organization which seeks, through its portal http://www.buenanota.org, to spread and connect positive changes and projects that improve the reality of the country and the well-being of the population as well as encourage people to be part of the change.

    We’re currently working on a new project: “Colombia in the heart of foreigners”. For this project, we are looking for non-Colombian tourists, students, professionals etc… who live or have traveled in Colombia and who wish to convey their vision, experience, or knowledge of the country on our website. Through articles in their mother tongue (whatever it is) or their authorization to publish articles from already existing blogs on our website, we hope to change Colombia’s image in the world.

    Reading your blog, I was then wondering whether you’d be interested in helping us with our project. It would be a chance for us to count on your support!

    My email is eboros@buenanota.org (cel: 00 57 300 473 94 31) and I would be more than happy to reply to any questions you might have!

    Many thanks in advance for your help!


  4. Hi…I’m originally from el salvador but grew up in the US and have been wanting to move back to el salvador.I just wanted to know how your descision to move to latin america changed your life and how your family acts torwards you now that you live in latin america…any advice you can give me before I make the descision to move will be appreciated. Thank you

  5. I Nomad Life. Thank you for liking my post and visiting my page. I like the title of your blog it is very catchy. Also your photos are magnificent I love horses and am amazed at all the fun and wonderful blogs every is sharing. I look forward to seeing your blog posts. Have a great Friday!

  6. Nice reading about you

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Be in touch. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may find something of your interest.

  7. Thank you for following my blog! I like your theme and you sound like a great person. I also like sunny days and biking. Being a nomad sounds tiring, but it also sounds like a lot of fun! 😀

  8. I know a lot about the nomad life style. (grin) What I’ve read so far, suggests you have a fun blog. I’ll be back. Thanks for following me. –Curt

  9. Hello My Nomad Life. Nice to meet you. Thank you for visiting and following our blog. I hope you enjoy the stories of our inner and outer journeys as we travel the world. I’ll be reading your posts about Colombia and Panama as we plan to visit Sth and Central America starting this September. I find it interesting in a couple of comments above how people want to know about Latin America as if it’s all one country. . . . . .
    I enjoyed your most recent post ‘As I am’ – good for you. Like you I too grew up with no positive messages about my body (not tall enough – it’s always something isn’t it!) and did write a post about it in our ‘The Nomadic Life’ series.
    Cheers and Blessings

  10. Just wanted to say… SO cool that you lived in Bogota. My whole family is from there and I go there every year! Colombia is home in my heart for me, though I grew up in California, and I love finding other people who have visited, lived in, and loved a country which is so deeply special to me. So glad you stumbled across my blog, because now I’ve stumbled across yours!

  11. Hi, just found your blog through Sass and Balderdash. Can’t wait to read about your adventures and experiences. I manifested Barbados into my life for 15 years and am now living in Mexico. Been here a year and a half and took up blogging to exercise my sometimes defunct mind. Haven’t quite got the hang of it yet but sure am loving all the sites and blogs I’m finding to read.

  12. I love the pictures and look forward to the continuation of D.C. posts. I’m always looking for places to visit off the beaten path.

  13. Thank you for dropping by and following Malcolm’s Corner.

  14. Wow sounds like you have had some incredible adventures, must have been amazing being a travel guide writer.

  15. It seems that financial problems got you rid of freelance writing…. it is life … Welcome to my blog, get some video downloads on travel and tour:

  16. Hey, I can’t seem to find your email. So could you possibly email me to ask you a question?

  17. Thank you for following me at Triggershorse. I am enjoying your blog, and like your positive attitude towards life. – Fawn

  18. Just to say Hi and I am looking forward to following your excellent bliog which sounds and looks intriguing!
    I appreciate your having visited my own and thank you for doing so my friend
    Kind regards


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