Discover Colombia Through These 12 Colombian Blogs Written by Expats

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  1. Angelo says:

    All wonderful blogs! Thank you for sharing.
    I must apologize in advance and you must forgive my insolence. And do pardon my ignorance if the topic has been discussed and analyzed ad nauseam. But it is interesting to observe how in your blogs you do not refer to yourselves by the noun immigrant but rather the more posh verb, expatriate or in colloquial terms the snappy and hip moniker “expat” – how grant to live abroad, darling! (In the Queens English accent, of course) 😉 However unintentional, the historical odor of the dreadful colonialist label “expat” cannot be completely scrubbed away. The contemporary expat would certainly recognize herself in the British expat of the East India Company (later the Republics of India and Pakistan) running around with their cheap brown servants and inexpensive domestic help. Shall I be so bold as to say, “expat” has a certain, oh, je nais se quoi, perhaps temporal, and sprinkled with a little (or a lot of) white privilege. Regardless of the individual financial facts per household, the term expat has a certain undertone of wealth(ier than thou natives) – I can see the images now, the expat, a young woman, almost always white, “wealthier,” an adventurer, risk taker, who earns “badass” brownie points back home for navigating the savage and tumultuous Andean land of Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria. Now, if you may, indulge me here, I’m wondering if (fill in the blank with any one of those people, you know, those people from one of those places where brown/black/Orientals peoples originate from) living in, oh, say, the U.S. or Europe, for example, are they also expats??? Of course not! – That would be silly. We know what those brown/black/Oriental folks are – regardless of their wealth, education, or length of stay in white countries – those are immigrants and they are most definitely not expats.

    • Anon says:

      Although I can see why you might think that it is a somewhat “degrading” term for the “natives” of a country, it is a common term used to refer to skilled immigrants into a country. I live in Sweden (a predominantly “white” country) and refer to myself as an expat. No white privilege here. I have “non-white” friends (Indian, Arab, other) and refer to them as “expats” as well. No white privilege involved.
      Also, it is worth noting that the author of this blog is probably not seen as “white” in Colombia. So it is hard to see this as a “white” person being disrespectful to the “savage and tumultuous Andean land of Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria”.

  2. Ellen Schultz says:

    I liked this article a lot. I particularly love Karen Attman’s blog as I love food and coffee. Her descriptions of the food and coffee scene in Bogota are wonderful

  3. Karen says:

    Thanks for including Flavors of Bogota on your list! We do have a fantastic group of bloggers here in Colombia.

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