Codename: The City Hipster Why should I worry? You shouldn’t worry, it will be your family and friends who’ll be coping with the instagram photo stream, the oversized ironic shoes and glasses, the moth-eaten thrift shop handbags and the trucker baseball caps. What?! Ha, well, that’s the point... Ver post completo.
Blonde Art Tip: Édgar Negret Ahhh, I thought it was about time for a sculptor… Damn right and funnily enough, most people will have seen Negret's work in Bogotá without having a clue who he is... Are you going to enlighten us? Yep. Have you seen that tall red 'cascade' sculpture in Parque Virrey?... Ver post completo.
Bizarre Dating Ritual: The Fake Sulk That sounds awful... It would be awful, if it wasn't so funny... I assume a sulk is what I think it is... Oh, it's exactly that. The cold shoulder and highly disappointed face that follows any sort of rejection, from refusing to go home with a young man to explaining... Ver post completo.
Blonde Spanglish: The 'Affair' This is one of my favourites... I know, it is so unfortunate. A beautiful, blonde friend of ours was trying to politely describe an arroz en bajo relationship she'd experienced in Santa Marta to some posh Colombian friends. The relationship hadn't ended well but she was... Ver post completo.
Hot Date Spot: Lipstick (Clle 85 # 11 - 64, 2nd floor) Ha, a typical woman’s bar... yep and that’s just how we like them. Lipstick is fabulous - dusky pink, half-hidden and with a tribute to Amy Winehouse painted on the wall. It’s a great place for a date but equally, you could just get the girls... Ver post completo.
Blonde Book: Persuasion (Jane Austen) I knew Jane Austen would eventually make an appearance... Me too! And this one in particular reminds me so much of Colombian dating. It also happens to be one of my favorites. Why? Okay, so the heroine is lovely old Anne Elliott, whose sister and father conspire... Ver post completo.
Blonde Spanglish: I'll Call/Love You That's not Spanglish, it's a hearing problem... Okay, okay, but it's still a real danger. A friend of mine was over excited to hear the words 'Te amo' (I love you) at the end of a phone call when what she was really being told was something akin to 'Te llamo'.... Ver post completo.
Codename: The Psychologist Why should I worry? Surely, the clue is in the title. We all know the amount of research that goes into manipulating people to behave in a certain way (I hope to share some tips here) but there are some guys who take it way too seriously. They know the tricks of dating to... Ver post completo.
Blonde Dating Tip: Slow Down Good Lord, are you giving driving advice now? Hardly. I’m talking about the speed of Colombian dating. Personally, I prefer it but it takes some getting used to. Mostly because it’s so different to the speed with which we date in the US, England, Australia etc. Explain!... Ver post completo.
Blonde Art Tip: Enrique Grau Colombia’s Caribbean coast works its magic again! Yep, what a contribution that part of the world has made to Colombian creativity. Enrique Grau (1920-2004) was born in Panama to Colombian parents but raised in Cartagena. He did study in New York and spend time in Italy... Ver post completo.
Bizarre Dating Ritual: The 'Low Rice' or Arroz en Bajo Collective groan from blonde women everywhere! Agreed. Could we hate this any more? You'd better define it, for those who are blissfully unaware... Okay, well there are many definitions of arroz en bajo but one is to imagine a crowded hob... Ver post completo.
Blonde Beauty Tip: Ombré Hair What? Man hair? No, ombré hair not hombre hair. It’s all the rage in Hollywood. Basically, celebrities are dip-dying the ends of their lovely long hair to give it a two-tone, slightly hippie look. Fans include Drew Barrymore, SJP and Rachel Bilson. Hang on, so the... Ver post completo.
Blonde Spanglish: We’re a couple What’s wrong with that? Oh, this one makes me feel sad. My friend was having a long but very slow dating experience with a cute Colombian, you know, one week you see him and the next week you don’t. Eventually, he sent her a message asking about a date and she... Ver post completo.
Blonde Food Tip: Bandeja Paisa Aw, an old favourite! I know, it's a funny old meal, with such a mixture of different cuisines and so damned huge! There are some variations but really a bandeja paisa should contain red kidney beans cooked with pork, white rice, minced meat, chicharon, plantain, arepa,... Ver post completo.
Hot Date Spot: La Destilería (Calle 85 # 12 - 91) Surely that's betraying your darling Pravda... I know! I do love Pravda, but it can be so exhausting trying to secure a table there. La Destilería is the new Pravda, a fantastic martini menu, great atmosphere and still plenty of room. Why is... Ver post completo.