Entries by Daniel Arthur

Colombia’s Healthcare System: An Expat’s Guide to Accessibility and Affordability

In this guest post, U.S. expat Daniel Arthur shares his knowledge of the Colombia healthcare system. Here is his story…

As an expat who moved from the U.S. to Colombia, I understand the anxiety about healthcare in a new country.

I was pleasantly surprised to find Colombia’s system not only accessible and affordable but also offering excellent care.

So, let’s dive into the details below. By the end of this article, I hope you’ll have a foundation for understanding the healthcare available in Colombia before you move!

Managing Reverse Culture Shock: My Return To The U.S.

Greetings from the beautiful Pacific Northwest—Harstine Island (Shelton, WA), near the capital city of Olympia!

My home base is Medellín, Colombia; however, I’m back in the U.S. as of this article’s writing.

Since early February, I’ve been in the U.S., caring for family issues, doing medical checkups, filing taxes, etc. -things that are easier to handle within the country without all the complications, nuances, and processes while living abroad.

Many expats have written about their experiences after returning home for the first time after living abroad, an idea or concept known as “reverse culture shock.”

Working Remotely From Colombia – A Perspective From A New Expat

In this guest post, Daniel Arthur shares his journey from office job to remote worker, which allows him to live his Unconventional Life in Colombia. Here is his story…

My remote work journey began long ago, several years into my career, and shortly after graduating from college. I’ve been working remotely for over twenty years, long before it became popular.

Back then, there were only three options for folks who wanted to work from home. They consisted of people who owned their businesses or were self-employed, freelancers, or W-2 wage-earning employees who worked for companies who valued their employee’s contributions to the company, invested in their success and career trajectory, and were sensitive to their employee’s overall quality of life.

I was very fortunate to convince my employer back in 2007 to agree to this arrangement. My experience could be a model for current and future expats wishing to work abroad.

My Unconventional Marriage In Colombia: Celebrating Marriage Across Borders

In September 2017, I met my lifelong partner in the most unconventional way. We met online through a language-learning mobile app called Tandem.

I suppose it isn’t unconventional to meet someone online, especially in these times! Many successful couples have met online, formed an immediate connection, and subsequently married four years later.

We took the conservative approach to marriage in the beginning. About the three-year mark in our relationship, we contemplated marriage. We decided to delay it to allow us to complete our academic endeavors. I was finishing my Master’s while my partner was completing his Bachelor’s.