The Perplexing Mystery of Colombian Culture
As you settle into your time in Colombia, you'll most likely find local cultural values and social customs to be at once familiar, and refreshingly different, from what you're used to back home.
Colombian culture contains plenty of contradictions, which means it’s difficult at first to get a coherent picture of what life in the country is really like. But then figuring all this out is part of what makes the place so enjoyable.
To get really good at Spanish, you’ll need to integrate into local society, and this means getting your head round the culture too. For what they're worth, here are a few of my own reflections about the main aspects you should keep an eye out for as you move into this often unfamiliar world.
A cultural guide to mixing with Colombians
On the whole, Colombians are more open and more extroverted than their European or North...