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Venezuelan millionaire refugee now working as a personal trainer


It's been a few months since I've traveled to Medellin– I have a number of investments and business interests in this region, and I like to check in on them from time to time.

Plus, Medellin is a wonderful city. You don't have to twist my arm too hard to visit here.

If I weren't living in Chile (which is also really, really great), Medellin would definitely be on my short list of places to live.

The weather here is fantastic with its eternal spring temperatures. The city is stupendously cheap, from food to real estate to local labor. And expats can enjoy a really fulfilling social life here.

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I've called Medellin the "Austin, Texas of South America", because of its unique, vibrant, slightly weird culture.

But one of the major difference I've noticed on this trip is the sudden influx of Venezuelan migrants. They're everywhere.

Colombia is dealing with a massive refugee crisis, with more than 600,000 Venezuelans pouring across the borders.

Most of them are relatively poor and uneducated, so I'm seeing a lot of them on the streets. It was the same in Cartagena earlier this week.

Last night I met one Venezuelan man named Alejandro who moved here about a year ago.

Back home in Venezuela, Alejandro was quite successful. He owned a prominent business and enjoyed all the benefits of his hard work.