We embrace foreigners because they teach us new things and make us more open-minded about customs we may or may not share.
Even just teaching Spanish is something fun that Colombians do with love and respect.
Not every Colombian is a drug dealer and most of us have never met anyone remotely related to Escobar.
Moreover, drug consumption in Colombia is low compared to Europe and the US. Smith have depicted Bogota so different from reality.
Many schools teach the language to children from a very young age and most universities demand a certain level of it in order to graduate.
Schools are increasingly improving in this area, even including a third language such as French or Mandarin Chinese in their curriculum. It builds rapport with other nationalities and makes traveling easier and our brains healthier. They may not be widely known for their looks, like Italians, but they absolutely have the best pitch to entertain women.
Colombians are experts at creating jokes out of difficulties, problems, mistakes or flaws.
In the past, lots of Americans have teased me about drugs and Pablo Escobar just because I am Colombian.It was initially a challenging situation, but later it just became the perfect excuse to laugh at our circumstances and tease each other with black humor and irony.Politics, scandals, news and our idiosyncrasy are also a great source of memes and jokes which hype on social media, among friends and family, TV shows and theater plays. Problems concern us deeply, but we make life easier and happier in difficult times.Every special occasion, and I mean all of them — baptisms, first communions, birthdays, graduations, New Year’s Eve, among others — will include family as part of the celebration.Moreover, it is normal for us to live with our parents even into our 30s.