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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.
Excursions in La Manga - Costa Calida: Sometimes you've just got to see it, to believe it, and that's certainly the case with this duo of odd museums in Guadalest, Spain.
Visit the wonderfully weird worlds of the Micro-giant Museum and Micro-miniatures Museum on your visit to this quaint and quirky village.
Bring the whole family and be prepared to be equal parts baffled and amazed.
Meeting/pick-up point: Microgiant museum: Calle del Sol, 2. 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.A dinner is not indicative of sexual interest here. Therefore, it can be tricky to spot a cheater or a player. Colombian and British cultures, particularly when it comes to genders, are spectacularly different, no matter how relatable they seem. Trust your instincts – except when you’re wasted – and be sensible.Hugging, kissing and canoodling in public will all be required. Be warned – when out with your girl, talking to a female friend or looking at a stranger in a skirt might result in a crazed bitchfest. Seriously – do not just assume that you and your girlfriend can stop using condoms because you’ve decided you’re ‘exclusive.’ Very few girls here are popping those precious little pills every morning. Try not to get taken in or carried away by a dark eyed Don Juan who flashes his cash. That is not to say that you should necessarily let him, or think you’ll insult him by refusing. He’ll probably appreciate you insisting on splitting the bill! But to be polite here, people automatically say, “I’ll ring you back,” even if they have no intention of it – it’s not taken as literally as it is in England. Try to avoid any spectacular gaffes or broken hearts, always use protection with your Latin lover, and remember to have a good time! And it’s not frowned upon here the way it is back in the UK. It’s the opposite here – no matter how hard the guy tries to fight it, there’s a machista part of him that wants you to hold out and let him chase you. What would pass for light hearted banter in the UK, might well make a Colombian question his own masculinity. If you’re young, free and single in a city like Bogotá, the world is your About Harriet Marsden Alongside her university studies which focused on Latin American literature and culture, Harriet Marsden has lived and worked in Costa Rica, Bolivia and Colombia.