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Bogota, Colombia
How would you describe the availability and cost of groceries and household supplies relative to your home country?
Produce is cheap, but imported household goods and non-food groceries, like shaving cream, can be ridiculously expensive. For example, a lint roller that costs about a dollar at home will cost you about fifteen dollars...
What is the overall climate: is it extremely hot or cold, wet or dry, at any time of year, for example?
Forget the luxury of seasons, but it is ideal for someone from the Northwest. The weather is "partly cloudy with a chance of rain"...every day. That said, the temperature stays cool in the 60s to...

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