Could you imagine spending $55 for a set of sheets that you can see through and feel like they are made of fine grade sandpaper? That was almost us!
Being a crazy planner, one of the first things I did when I found out we had just a few months to prep for our move was to research things that we wouldn’t be able to get in Colombia or that would be heartbreakingly expensive. I would recommend that anyone facing a long-term move do the same and soon. Because as your move date approaches, the last thing you’ll want (or have time for!) will be comparing prices, visiting multiple stores or making good decisions. In fact, as the days ticked down I found myself saying more and more, “oh, I’ll just buy it when we get there.”
Just so you know, I really took for granted the selection and prices of things in the U.S. Not only does the U.S. have a lot of stuff but we have an abundance of cheap things! By trolling expat forums and talking with our relocation company, I found out that linens and electronics are 2 or 3 times the price in Colombia. So, Cody and I (who, if we are being honest, are normally pretty cheap) said a tearful goodbye to our old Dell and raggedy bathmats and brought some new, quality items with us.
Once we arrived and I was able to see what was available, I was so happy that we brought these items with us. My comment above about the sheets is no joke! I could have purchased something similar at Ikea for $9.99. And just in case you are moving to Bogotá, dear reader, know that most housewares, furniture and decor items (save dishes) are quite expensive for the quality.
Keep checking back as I’ll be posting a bit more in the future about our experience packing and using a professional moving company, as well as the long wait for our things.