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What's different and bizarre in Colombia, from a stranger's point of view. Travel tips.

What's different and bizarre in Colombia, from a stranger's point of view. Travel tips.

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  • Funny Facts about COLOMBIA (from a stranger’s point of view) 79
  • Esthetic surgery is… …everywhere
  • There’s no age for wearing brace
  • Driving is… funny, risky, crazy & well… …everyone has his own rules
  • The more food you have in your plate, the happier you are
  • But food here is carbohydrates' paradise
  • Dedicated people at supermarkets pack for you (one bag per item), and they can take your groceries home for you if you wish
  • Almost any building has his own doorman
  • The men bringing cash to the banks always carry pump-action shotguns (just in case)
  • Most homes don’t have hot water (or only water heater)
  • Ladies rarely pay for their drinks
  • Phone use is overwhelming
  • Punctuality is not really part of the culture
  • People often say they will do something, but don’t always expect them to keep their word; it’s just politeness
  • National anthem is played on radio at 6am & 6pm
  • There are more motorbikes & taxis than cars
  • Greetings are often endless
  • Some men have different women in their lives…
  • School children have to wear a uniform
  • Soccer is more than a sport here
  • Don’t be surprised to be called by a nickname or your status
  • Car alarms are all the same. And they’re strange!
  • There are policemen and military men everywhere
  • A lot of « women » are pregnant very young
  • The way people talk can seem hypocrite & exaggerated
  • Everything you can imagine is sold on the street. You can buy unities: one cigarette, one chewing-gum, etc.
  • Dancing can look like people are having sex dressed
  • Dogs are very appreciated. They even have their own clothes.
  • Malls are considerate very moderns & nice to go to on free time.
  • All men get their nails done
  • Even though they’re still a bit macho
  • Colombians are VERY proud of their land. And they’ll let you know about it. Watch your words.
  • Sidewalks are the property of the first arrived
  • Weather is almost the same all year long. And at 6pm, it’s dark.
  • Restaurants contract people to wave flags in front of the main entrance to attract people in.
  • Every month has its celebration. Child’s month. Mother’s month. Friend’s month. Etc.
  • Radio hosts never stop talking!
  • Commercials are invasive.
  • Catholic religion is omnipresent.
  • Stores are often divided into neighborhoods. Pets’ neighborhood. Lamps’ neighborhood. Repair garages’ neighborhood. Etc.
  • They dip cheese into … hot chocolate
  • Some buildings have special bases to protect from earthquakes
  • A lot of people have a « finca » (countryside house)
  • There are extremely wealthy people and extremely poor ones
  • Every price has to be negotiated
  • People all want to be your friends
  • At the restaurant, from the moment you finish your plate, they clear the table.
  • Still at the restaurant, waiters will ask if you want to give a tip
  • Even Chinese food comes with French fries
  • Soda is the usual drink for a meal.
  • Women are very vain. They’ll put some make up on and make sure they look good all day long.
  • If you’re offered a drink, you can’t refuse it.
  • You always provide your data and sign when paying by credit card. You’ll also be asked how you want to divide the payment over time.
  • Many documents have to be signed with fingerprint. Some buildings’ entrances also.
  • So many fruits, you can’t remember them all.
  • Government imposes « dry rule » (no alcohol) on great occasions like elections, world cup, etc. It allows a better security and less accidents
  • The « busetas » (small buses) stop wherever you want them to.
  • Anything can be delivered to you: food, movies, drinks, etc.
  • A lot of people have a cleaning lady/maid.
  • Sport installations are installed in the street, parks, etc.
  • Bogotá has the longest bicycle path of the continent. That most likely explains their success at bicycling.
  • People love to get up early!
  • At school, you’ll be charged if you fail at a subject
  • There are « love hotels » per hour
  • No alcohol is tolerated if you drive. They’re strict with this.
  • Local currency makes you feel like a millionaire
  • Colombia is the land of coffee and emeralds
  • Colombia is one of the happiest country on Earth. Yes, its people makes its main strength.
  • You might run into a « No guns allowed » sign
  • You can actually reheat and eat your own food in a restaurant.
  • For high withdrawals of money (at the bank), policemen will walk you home
  • Post service is assured by several private companies.
  • Buses and planes are the main means of transportation. No trains here. (only small ones for kids within malls)
  • Electricity and water bills are paid directly at the counter (supermarket, local store, etc.)
  • McDonald’s has ice cream stands outside its main restaurants
  • It’s not uncommon to be greeted by the mall’s security men
  • You’ll find a casino & huge play area (for kids) in each mall
  • Dancing is innate.
  • People will beat around the bush to say « no » to you & stay polite
  • People take forever to withdraw some cash