9 American Habits I Lost By Living In Colombia

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  1. Ha! Ha! So funny that going out in your PJs while in the states. So true!

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  3. Chris Moreno says:

    Hello I am traveling to bogota I been there five times and my parents are Colombian but I’m getting a little nervous in terms if safety

  4. Steve says:

    I was in Medellin two months ago and left my smartphone in a restaurant. When I returned several hours later, they had it waiting for me. There are good and bad people everywhere.

  5. Camilo says:

    I do not Agree with # 2 .. (I’m a Colombian lawyer)
    In Colombia we have a crises of justice in the roots of our culture, the Colombian people wish to sue, we are a controversial and liberal society, Where individualism reigns. There is a great tendency to demand our rights, and an equal large tendency to default on our Obligations and duties to the state and our neighbors. To this series of facts we must add the ineffectiveness of the Institutions responsible for Administering justice, They delay the punishment or reward owners behavior, Which has incited many people to walk That “fine line Between legality”.
    And today many people prefer to leave or waive their right because of this situation.

  6. Travel says:

    Disagree about personal space. Been in Bogota for a year and still fiercely (but peacefully) defend my personal space. Some Colombians do too. Going out in pjs is almost literally strictly american…most people around the globe take pride in thier appearance.

  7. Sam says:

    I don’t agree with #1, and #8 is a bit of an exaggeration. In terms of cleanliness (#1), I feel like Colombians are much cleaner than Americans. Colombian homes are spotless and I don’t know anywhere else plastic gloves are used to eat chicken wings. And as for #8 “No talking on the phone in the street,” seriously? People make calls on the street all the time here without incident. Certainly it’s important to be aware of your surroundings, but I feel more vulnerable in U.S. cities like NYC than I do here. You are comparing your experiences in Colombia vs. the US but you should be comparing her experience in an urban environment vs. a suburban environment — Point #8 has little to do with the U.S. vs. Colombia.

  8. Lamar Bell says:

    Good article! Three on your list are reasons WHY I left the US and moved to Medellin 2 years ago: germophobes, lawsuits and people going in public dressed like they just rolled out of bed.

  9. Fred says:

    Great article thank you for sharing. Punctuality has been something I have seen foreigners and expats lose. I live in Medellin and I’ve my friends from the US or Canada will always be 5-10 minutes late to lunch or wherever we are meeting up at. I myself am guilty of this as well because I find myself becoming late much more than I used to be.

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