Biography

Born in 1976 in London, England, Richard spent a large part of his formative childhood years moving from house to house about London, Portugal, France, Mexico and the USA as his ever gregarious parents took advantage of a burgeoning property market in each location.

After schooling in the UK and briefly in the US, Richard embarked on a career in journalism, cutting his teeth in the industry in Costa Rica before returning to the UK to study for an MA. He subsequently spent time with various UK media outlets before falling into a job at an NGO. The commute did not suit and Richard opted out and became an expedition guide, social projects coordinator and freelance journalist dividing his time between Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru.

Then came some serious tropical illnesses which caused life to slow down a little, Richard settled in Colombia. He spends his time now between the guesthouse he opened in Mompos in 2008 with his wife Alba, La Casa Amarilla, and Bogota where he works as a journalist.

While not dreaming of out-of-bounds places to visit in Colombia he is considering writing a novel about his experiences in his adopted homeland.

5 thoughts on “Biography

  1. Jordi Picazo says:

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  3. Paulien says:

    Hello Richard,
    I was trying to read your story about sierra de la macarena, but couldn't open the link http://www.richardmccoll.com/2012/10/04/visiting-
    Do you still have it? Could you maybe e-mail it to me? paulientermeulen@me.com
    It sounds very nice and we are going to Colombia next week. Would love to go there.
    Greets,
    Paulien

  4. colombiachronicles says:

    As a current ex-pat living in Colombia deciding whether to fully embrace to freelance lifestyle, always good to hear someone doing well for themselves.

    All the best

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