Barbados vs Medellin vs Sofia vs Valencia

Barbados ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง
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Medellin ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด
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Sofia ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ
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Valencia ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Population 110,000 2,427,000 1,270,169 834,000
Official language(s) English, Bajan Creole Spanish Bulgarian Spanish, Valencian
Level of English Very high Low High Moderate
Main airport Bridgetown/Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) Josรฉ Marรญa Cรณrdova International Airport (MDE) Sofia International Airport (SOF) Valencia Manises Airport (VLC)
Most common months to visit November - May January - April, December April-June, September-October March - June, September, October
Currency BBD - Barbadian dollar ($) COP - Colombian Peso ($) BGN - Bulgarian Lev (ะปะฒ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ)
Credit cards Accepted in some places, cash also needed for smaller businesses Accepted in some places Accepted everywhere Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes No No Yes
Average monthly costs $2702 $1293 $1289 $1976
Rent $1054 $732 $567 $869
Groceries $234 $87 $10 $146
Dining out $345 $131 $227 $292
Cafe $75 $18 $27 $42
Coworking space $321 $96 $140 $152
Mobile internet $49 $16 $10 $16
Public transportation $35 $21 $30 $38
Taxis $106 $14 $12 $42
Shared bicycles and scooters $0 $0 $40 $30
Sport and cultural events $37 $8 $18 $73
Museums and sights $36 $9 $12 $44
Nightlife $96 $73 $82 $66
Gym $86 $15 $23 $34
Yoga $130 $54 $62 $87
Massage $99 $20 $29 $45
SIM card options Digicel Claro, Tigo A1, Telenor, Vivacom Vodafone, Orange
Tipping 10 - 15% usually included in restaurants, add 10 - 15% at bars Tip 10% in restaurants 10% in restaurants, 1-2 BGN at bars and cafรฉs Round up for good service at restaurants, not common at bars
Taxi apps None available EasyTaxi TaxiMe, TaxiStars Cabify, FreeNow
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable Drinkable
Overall cuisine Bajan cuisine features an eclectic mix of European, Asian, and Caribbean styles resulting in bold, tasty and crunchy meat or fish dishes with lots of spices, lime juice, thyme and salads laden with local vegetables and hot side dishes. A blend of indigenous and European traditions with rice, maize, cassava, assorted legumes, and meats Vegetables and mild spices are often mixed with dairy products to create rich chicken and pork products. Seafood dishes also popular in some regions of the country, making them popular in the capital. Mediterranean style using vegetables, seafoods and meats
Local food specialities Cou-cou and flying fish, fish cakes, cutters, pudding and souse, macaroni pie, conkies, Bajan black cake, sea eggs Bandeja paisa, ajiaco, mondongo, empanada, and arepa Kebapche, Bulgarian musaka, lyutenitsa, shkember chorba, kyufte, kavarma, banitsa and tarator Paella, fideuร , esgarrat, orxata, bunyols
Eat like a local Food trucks, pubs, seaside street food, roadside carts, local seafood restaurants, smaller traditional restaurants and rum shops Street stalls for empanada and arepa with cheese, restaurants for traditional Colombian food Taverns, local BBQ restaurants, local markets and smaller eateries in residential and university areas. Tapas bars, markets, menu del dia (cheap set lunches)
Vegetarian / vegan options 14 options on HappyCow 153 listings on Happy Cow 20 options on HappyCow 98 listings on Happy Cow