While the relative calm of a laid-back cocktail bar might appeal, the best approach is to head towards the sound of a pounding salsa beat and shuffling couple feet, according to James Flood, a 30-year-old British who has had numerous romantic (or so he claims) dalliances with local Latinas in his travels in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Cuba and Colombia.Salsa Dance “Get a couple of basic salsa lessons – seriously,” he advised.Colombians are experts in making up parties, even for no particular reason.We definitely don’t need to be at a disco to stand up and move our bodies.Photo: Alex We Colombians love to dance, it’s a huge part of our culture and most of us have a natural talent for it. Some boys may have technique issues at first but for sure their mothers, older sisters or aunts will teach them how to dance properly before they become a teenager.
Is splitting the bill a nod to equal gender relations, an unforgivable challenge to your date’s masculinity or the sign of an incorrigible tight-wad?I’m simply going to tell you some of my experiences in nearly three years living here, as well as information I’ve gathered from friends, both Colombian and foreign, men and women, and then you can decide what you want to do with it. I’m not saying it can’t happen, I’m just saying it’s less likely. Now that I think about it, it’s not all that different here. Other people have had success with online dating sites.If you are planning to meet a woman at a club, a salsa club is probably the best kind of venue. My favorite avenue is through mutual friends, a situation that makes me feel most comfortable.Love, whether a life-long partnership or a night-long fling, is never easy.Throw in a language barrier and culture gap and you’re lost in a strange new game with strange new rules.He then began to fuss about the problems I am having with the services in my new house. Later, he asked where we were going for dinner and has since organised both a night at the pub with his friends (which firmly included me) and pressed me as to when we would be seeing the new exhibition at the National Museum. ” While I would never want to “be rid” of my boyfriend – he is so instantly lovable even homeless people are warmed by the approach of his mega-watt smile – I hope my impending trip to England might provide us with some healthy distance. However, following a year of disastrous dates and comical interactions with the average Colombian male (remember this one?) I somehow found my boyfriend, a smart yet relaxed, driven yet right-thinking individual with whom I’ve spent a very happy year.For that reason you won’t read anything in this story that stereotypes the women here, nothing that says they’re all bossy or jealous, even though they are traits you might find in some of them.I’m not even going to use percentages because I’ve never taken a poll so how would I know?One of the main pillars of Colombian culture is family.It is extremely important for us to share time together.It’s not unusual to find a Colombian birthday party, family reunion, barbecue or even an innocent visit with a friend, turning into a dance floor.