Tag Archives: Colombian

CHICAS LINDAS! (Pretty ladies)

By far Colombia has the most beautiful women in the world.

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Even though Venezuela won the Miss Universe last time it is clear that Colombia should have won as Colombianas are a special treat. Before meeting any, my now brother in law (Guatemalan) told me that the Colombianas were something to look out for. He and his friends could not stop talking about them and not knowing any I could just nod my head in agreement. Little did I know that about a year later I would be studying in Barcelona in the mix of a very international crowd including; COLOMBIANAS. As happened with many nationalities, the Colombians found each other fast in the university and through the Colombians in my class I got introduced to my current wife. I had never met anyone like her. A graceful and fun girl, strong of character, difficult to figure out and with the most beautiful emerald green eyes that got me locked into her from day one. We only got together after a few months of game play, but when we finally did we got married within a year and this was now almost 4 years ago. Blond haired, green eyed babies will follow soon…;)

sofia-vergara-5Colombianas (and the same I think goes for many other Latinas) take really good care of their appearance and they dress always as if there is a party that they might have to go to at some point of the day. I don’t think they even sell sweatpants for women here!! Walking on the streets or in the malls you will find that there are many exotic women walking around that will easily make your head spin and especially Medellin is known for harvesting beauty on a regular basis. The obsession with beauty actually seems to be somewhat extreme for outsiders as the amounts of beauty pageants is astounding. I think there are at least 300 Misses a year crowned, anywhere from Miss “Corn” to Miss “little village in the middle of the jungle” and plastic surgery is an amazingly booming business.

Anyway, I love the Colombian women and especially mine. Lindis, if you read this, please do not get mad for writing about other pretty women hehe. No need to be jealous ok? haha

On behalf of the male population of this country: Colombianas, please always stay feminine and keep dressing the way you do, we will be watching 😉

To finish off some examples to show you what I mean;

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Valerie Dominguez2

Valerie Dominguez

Paola Turbay

Maria Victoria Montoya (La Toya)

Carolina Gomez

Carolina Castro2

Andre Serna2

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If you want to see more: www.soho.com.co (famous Colombian site with many pinups)

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Oiga, Mire, Vea – Orquesta Guayacan (Music)

A pure Colombian song from Tierra Caliente (Hot Land): Cali. The video shows some nice images of the city, which I have not visited myself yet so I do not know too much about it. Enjoy!

The Dollar and Peso are at it again!

One of the strangest phenomenons you will find in corporate life in Colombia is the movement of the Colombian Peso against the US Dollar. Changes of 10% in a day and even 30% over a month are not strange to me anymore and dealing here with international business feels like playing roulette. There seems to be absolutely no logic behind the changes. When things should theoretically go up, they go down or not…however the wind blows basically.

Today for example you get about 2550COP for 1USD, last year august that was only 1800COP per USD. An increase of almost 50%!!!

Something that goes hand in hand with this, should be the exchange houses that give you more Pesos for your Dollar than any bank will give you. Also they give you more Dollars for your Peso…should be a business there no? I have not thought about it that deeply yet but maybe it would be a good idea to give it a closer look.

exchange house

exchange house

So why do these two phenomenons occur? Supposedly it has to do with the difference in inflation between Colombia and other countries and the economic growth, but do not ask me to explain as it will require me some hours of study and boredom…

One good quote I found in a article about the predictions of the exchange rate:

A general once told his weather-forecasting team;

I appreciate being informed that your forecasts are no better than random, but please keep sending
them on, as the army needs your predictions for planning purposes.”

Trip down the mountain to Girardot-Peñon

The great thing of living in Bogota is that the weather is like spring and if you want it hotter than you just drive down the mountain until you encounter the temperature you like. In Anapoima (one hour from Bogota) for example the temperature is already around 25Celcius. This village with some nice private clubs and conjuntos (closed neighborhoods) has the best climate for me. Not too warm, but enough for the need of a pool.

p1010401The road down the mountain gives you some nice views of Colombian nature and you can make ap1010410 stop in some great “Parilla” places where they serve the traditional Colombian plates with meat, patatos and platano (kind of banana).

Continuing from Anapoima, after a total of about 3 hours driving, you will arrive at Girardot. This is basically a hot and busy pueblo (town) and is not really attractive to stay at. Girardot and its surroundings (including Melgar) however have some of the nicer conjuntos you will find in Colombia. In Peñon for example you will be amazed by the humongous houses in which an interesting mix of the richer Colombian families (both on the good and bad side of the law) are  BBQ-ing by the pool, racing around with jet skis on the lake and driving around in their golf cars.

penon-2penon-1The whole place has a relaxed tropical atmosphere and when invited by friends we like to go for a few days to calm down from the big city with some extreme lazy behavior and if possible play some golf. As we do not have a handicap yet however, we are not allowed to play in the cool morning and the temperature, sun and mosquitoes in the afternoon make you desperate in hitting the little white ball as fast as you can to get back to the pool again. The heat in Girardot (30-35Celcius) sometimes is too much for me and as a gringo I burn far to easy. Besides that we get bored of not doing anything when staying too long, so more than 3 days I think we have not lasted yet.

If you have a chance to go there some day, let me know what you think. I am sure that most of the non-Colombians I know will not expect this kind of wealth in a “3rd world country”.

Btw. I forgot to mention my favorite part of the trip; this amazing ranch about 20-30 minutes before arriving to Girardot, make sure you don’t miss it:

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Cafe Tacuca – Eres : Music for a snowy Christmas day

For all of you reading this from far away in the cold and snowy/rainy plains of Holland, US or whatever other place on the wrong side of the thermostat, a kind of depressing song of Cafe Tacuca, a Mexican group named after a local coffee shop in Mexico City, that has won Grammies and is being played frequently on Colombian radio. (too many commas?)

We will think of you during these cold days, from our steamy barbeque parties while taking a whiskey or beer into the pool to not overheat.

Oye, abre tus ojos – Music

This must be my favorite merengue song. Driving home from Carrefour they played it on the radio and it felt like the sun was going to break through the darkness of the moon hours. I immediately felt like going to a damping salsa/merengue bar, but that phenomenon seems to be more something you find in non-Latin countries. The salsa places you see in the movies I have not encountered yet. Maybe they exist or maybe the “real” latins like to mix their musics (is that a word?). When I know more about this, I will let you know.

Anyway the song is from somewhere in the eighties but we are actually not sure who the original artist is, lets just pretend it is Colombian, at least it must be from around here somewhere. The text basically says: “Hey, open your eyes, look up, enjoy the nice thing that life has!”

Just press play (no video this time, sorry)
http://www.dominicantube.com/musicDownload.php?music_id=72

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Music: Carlos Vives – “La tierra del olvido”

Great song of Carlos Vives (100% Colombian). Unfortunately the original video does not work and this is the only one that I could find 😉 :