Despite Colombians not being shy about public displays of affection, open conversations about sex aren’t that common and though many may want to have one night stands, it seems we’re all supposed to pretend they don’t happen.
Even with the numerous love motels around, I’ve very rarely found a Colombian who has admitted to going to one. “This Colombian guy found condoms in my bathroom and instead of taking this as a sign of responsibility, he thought it meant I was shagging loads of guys! When it comes to emotions, Laurie put it ever-so-eloquently: “If the English are emotionally constipated, then Colombians constantly have the runs.” It’s a minefield for non-native Spanish speakers to navigate the million ways of telling someone you care.
‘Te quiero,’ ‘te amo,’ ‘me gustas,’ ‘me encantas,’ etc., are all commonly used to express affection and are overheard on a daily basis in the city.
However, Colombians and Europeans have vastly differing views on when it’s okay to say those three magic words.
The best way to get downtown is by taxi, which will take 20 minutes without traffic.
Make sure to use a registered taxi for your safety. Traffic is horrendous, which makes finding proper logistics essential.
Women are typically there to dance to music that does not encourage them to grind with you, as reggaeton does. Or maybe try going to the theater or other cultural events.
My friend Tatiana, the pretty and popular receptionist at The Wandering Paisa, met her boyfriend while she was waiting to see a play. You can’t really expect a woman to be on time in Colombia.
Bogota is the largest city and capital of Colombia.
Some have difficulty with the air quality due to the high altitude (almost 9,000 feet above sea level) and pollution.
I’m simply going to tell you some of my experiences in nearly three years living here, as well as information I’ve gathered from friends, both Colombian and foreign, men and women, and then you can decide what you want to do with it. I’m not saying it can’t happen, I’m just saying it’s less likely. Now that I think about it, it’s not all that different here. Other people have had success with online dating sites.