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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
...
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 securit...
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
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  1. 1. Funny Facts about COLOMBIA (from a stranger’s point of view) 79
  2. 2. Esthetic surgery is… …everywhere
  3. 3. There’s no age for wearing brace
  4. 4. Driving is… funny, risky, crazy & well… …everyone has his own rules
  5. 5. The more food you have in your plate, the happier you are
  6. 6. But food here is carbohydrates' paradise
  7. 7. Dedicated people at supermarkets pack for you (one bag per item), and they can take your groceries home for you if you wish
  8. 8. Almost any building has his own doorman
  9. 9. The men bringing cash to the banks always carry pump-action shotguns (just in case)
  10. 10. Most homes don’t have hot water (or only water heater)
  11. 11. Ladies rarely pay for their drinks
  12. 12. Phone use is overwhelming
  13. 13. Punctuality is not really part of the culture
  14. 14. People often say they will do something, but don’t always expect them to keep their word; it’s just politeness
  15. 15. National anthem is played on radio at 6am & 6pm
  16. 16. There are more motorbikes & taxis than cars
  17. 17. Greetings are often endless
  18. 18. Some men have different women in their lives…
  19. 19. School children have to wear a uniform
  20. 20. Soccer is more than a sport here
  21. 21. Don’t be surprised to be called by a nickname or your status
  22. 22. Car alarms are all the same. And they’re strange!
  23. 23. There are policemen and military men everywhere
  24. 24. A lot of « women » are pregnant very young
  25. 25. The way people talk can seem hypocrite & exaggerated
  26. 26. Everything you can imagine is sold on the street. You can buy unities: one cigarette, one chewing-gum, etc.
  27. 27. Dancing can look like people are having sex dressed
  28. 28. Dogs are very appreciated. They even have their own clothes.
  29. 29. Malls are considerate very moderns & nice to go to on free time.
  30. 30. All men get their nails done
  31. 31. Even though they’re still a bit macho
  32. 32. Colombians are VERY proud of their land. And they’ll let you know about it. Watch your words.
  33. 33. Sidewalks are the property of the first arrived
  34. 34. Weather is almost the same all year long. And at 6pm, it’s dark.
  35. 35. Restaurants contract people to wave flags in front of the main entrance to attract people in.
  36. 36. Every month has its celebration. Child’s month. Mother’s month. Friend’s month. Etc.
  37. 37. Radio hosts never stop talking!
  38. 38. Commercials are invasive.
  39. 39. Catholic religion is omnipresent.
  40. 40. Stores are often divided into neighborhoods. Pets’ neighborhood. Lamps’ neighborhood. Repair garages’ neighborhood. Etc.
  41. 41. They dip cheese into … hot chocolate
  42. 42. Some buildings have special bases to protect from earthquakes
  43. 43. A lot of people have a « finca » (countryside house)
  44. 44. There are extremely wealthy people and extremely poor ones
  45. 45. Every price has to be negotiated
  46. 46. People all want to be your friends
  47. 47. At the restaurant, from the moment you finish your plate, they clear the table.
  48. 48. Still at the restaurant, waiters will ask if you want to give a tip
  49. 49. Even Chinese food comes with French fries
  50. 50. Soda is the usual drink for a meal.
  51. 51. Women are very vain. They’ll put some make up on and make sure they look good all day long.
  52. 52. If you’re offered a drink, you can’t refuse it.
  53. 53. 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.
  54. 54. Many documents have to be signed with fingerprint. Some buildings’ entrances also.
  55. 55. So many fruits, you can’t remember them all.
  56. 56. Government imposes « dry rule » (no alcohol) on great occasions like elections, world cup, etc. It allows a better security and less accidents
  57. 57. The « busetas » (small buses) stop wherever you want them to.
  58. 58. Anything can be delivered to you: food, movies, drinks, etc.
  59. 59. A lot of people have a cleaning lady/maid.
  60. 60. Sport installations are installed in the street, parks, etc.
  61. 61. Bogotá has the longest bicycle path of the continent. That most likely explains their success at bicycling.
  62. 62. People love to get up early!
  63. 63. At school, you’ll be charged if you fail at a subject
  64. 64. There are « love hotels » per hour
  65. 65. No alcohol is tolerated if you drive. They’re strict with this.
  66. 66. Local currency makes you feel like a millionaire
  67. 67. Colombia is the land of coffee and emeralds
  68. 68. Colombia is one of the happiest country on Earth. Yes, its people makes its main strength.
  69. 69. You might run into a « No guns allowed » sign
  70. 70. You can actually reheat and eat your own food in a restaurant.
  71. 71. For high withdrawals of money (at the bank), policemen will walk you home
  72. 72. Post service is assured by several private companies.
  73. 73. Buses and planes are the main means of transportation. No trains here. (only small ones for kids within malls)
  74. 74. Electricity and water bills are paid directly at the counter (supermarket, local store, etc.)
  75. 75. McDonald’s has ice cream stands outside its main restaurants
  76. 76. It’s not uncommon to be greeted by the mall’s security men
  77. 77. You’ll find a casino & huge play area (for kids) in each mall
  78. 78. Dancing is innate.
  79. 79. People will beat around the bush to say « no » to you & stay polite
  80. 80. People take forever to withdraw some cash
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