Austin vs Bogota vs Madrid

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Bogota ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด
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Madrid ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Population 926,426 10,978,360 6,578,0179
Official language(s) English (de facto) Spanish Spanish
Level of English Very high Low Moderate
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) El Dorado International Airport (BOG) Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November January - March, December March - May, September - November
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) COP - Colombian Peso ($) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No Yes
Average monthly costs $3484 $1071 $2450
Rent $1650 $469 $1152
Groceries $243 $80 $172
Dining out $396 $170 $307
Cafe $66 $21 $50
Coworking space $331 $75 $192
Mobile internet $40 $11 $10
Public transportation $110 $22 $77
Taxis $73 $27 $43
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $16 $48
Sport and cultural events $54 $22 $53
Museums and sights $11 $7 $19
Nightlife $124 $45 $81
Gym $62 $14 $43
Yoga $139 $55 $139
Massage $89 $36 $62
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Tigo, Movistar, Claro Orange, Movistar, Vodafone
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars 10% service included in all bills, not required or expected at bars without table service Not customary or expected but small tips are appreciated.
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Uber, Cabify Uber, Cabify, MyTaxi Free Now
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable Drinkable
Overall cuisine Emphasis on barbecued meats (beef and pork) as well as corn-based dishes and tex-mex, and rich American-style desserts. Latin American. Dishes with beef, pork and chicken are often mixed with flour-based foods and fruity desserts. Heavy influence from the Andes and other Colombian regions. Fresh, regional produce accentuated with garlic and olive oil and mixed with various meats and seafoods. Influenced both by Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern flavors.
Local food specialities Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos Arepas, ajiaco santaferense, buรฑuelos, patacones, tรฉ de coca, changua Paella, tapas, tortilla, gazpacho, pulpo a la gallega, callos a la madrileรฑa, churros
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries Local family restaurants and those from other regions. Menรบ del dรญa. Community markets and sports bars. Have some tapas and sangria at a tasca and paella at an authentic eatery. Keep an eye on the time and visit a cafeteria for a mid-afternoon merienda and some churros!
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 104 options on Happy Cow 85 listings on Happy Cow