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.
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…
Bizarre Dating Ritual: The Fake Sulk
That sounds awful… It would be awful, if it wasn’t so funny…
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 determined to convince them she hadn’t been left broken hearted by her first Colombian dating experience…
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 together and go dancing.
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.
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’. They can be similar to the untrained ear.
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 the extent that you’ll end up going out with them even when you don’t want to. It happened to me.
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.
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 but soon returned to that magical city. He died in Bogotá at the grand old age of 83.