As I mentioned in my last article, male-female platonic friendships are considered far less common, particularly if the pair in question are single.
So, even while you’re not in a relationship with someone just because you went on a date, it’s important to know that going for a casual drink with a guy would be considered a date in Colombia.
Love, whether a life-long partnership or a night-long fling, is never easy.
The downfalls are clashes in culture, at times feeling alienated, and missing the customs and comforts of my own city. That is because the ideologies of South American men and woman are very different then the dating principles we are used to back at home.
I am an avid supporter of mixed-raced relationships.
Although my own experience of dating in Colombia is really pretty limited (sob), I’ve canvassed friends of both sexes and have compiled a brief list of tips for him and tips for her in order to avoid heartbreak, dodge the STIs and have yourself a merry little Christmas.
Girls are very unlikely to approach you, or make the first move.
Gringita: a name often used to describe a woman foreigner/tourist of western or European descent by the people of Latin America. I am asked a thousand times a day, ¨Where are you from? There are perks and there are downfalls living as an ex-patriotic woman in South America.
The perks are obviously engaging in a new culture, experiencing a life completely different from my own and living a life astray from the linear path that I am used to from the United States.European â€“ There are a high number of Jewish immigrants and other European descendents living in Panama.Chinita â€“ Thousands of Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Taiwanese immigrants have resided in Panama for generations.It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single girl in possession of a job in Colombia must be in want of a date. Ostensibly a bar for foreigners to participate in a language exchange with Colombians, and actually a great way to make friends, after about 9pm it morphs into a free-for-all speed dating service between gringos and locals.All across the city of Bogotá, and indeed the rest of the country, gringa girls living and working in Colombia are pairing up with local boys – at a staggering rate! Ask anyone about it, go and check it out, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.If you like women..what man doesn't, you'll like Panama.