In general, at least in Bogota, I found everyone, both men and women, to be overly polite.A guy could be telling you that he killed his grandma the night before but he would tell the story with the utmost politeness.That isn’t to say that they’re uninterested though.Keep alert for eyelash batting and an ear out for high pitched giggling.It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single girl in possession of a job in Colombia must be in want of a date. Ostensibly a bar for foreigners to participate in a language exchange with Colombians, and actually a great way to make friends, after about 9pm it morphs into a free-for-all speed dating service between gringos and locals.All across the city of Bogotá, and indeed the rest of the country, gringa girls living and working in Colombia are pairing up with local boys – at a staggering rate! Ask anyone about it, go and check it out, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Anyone have any other memorable lines to contribute? I don’t know that I would use the world “mean” to characterize Colombian men. Well, unless we’re talking about criminals…I did get held up by some mean guys on a bus once.
In the world of Colombian dating, bad Spanish does not serve as much of an aphrodisiac.
Winning someone’s affections requires you to be charming, funny, complimentary and smooth – none of which is possible if you’re stuttering away in heavily-accented Spanglish.
It seems to be a match made in heaven – the Colombian males, who are fascinated with foreign women, and the young English girls, who are 6,000 miles away from home for the first time. It’s fair to say that for people in their early twenties in England, dating culture hasn’t really taken off – at least, not like it has in America.
Add that to the Harlequin romance-fueled Western imagination and idealisation of a Latin lover, and ! Rather than dating multiple people casually, including almost strangers, like we see in shows like In Colombia, the relationship between men and women affects the dating culture.