Colombia is one of the countries I have been to before. I feel like I see Colombia in a different way since I have been worldschooling, and we are focusing on different things here than we did last time.

One of the things I find interesting is the number of people trying to sell you stuff. Unlike many places, where people ask for money, here they sell stuff like soccer jerseys, gum, lollipops, bracelets, or necklaces. I really appreciate that they are working by walking around all day asking people hoping to get a little money.

There are also a lot of street dancers. Especially at intersections. When they perform at intersections, there are three, four, or even five different streets meeting, which gives them a better chance of getting money. Whenever the light turns red on one of the streets, one, two, or three people run out onto the streets for 20 seconds and spin, flip, stand on one arm, and just dance. and then they quickly go out asking people for money. The surprising thing is, the quality of the dancing is really good.

However, Colombians drive very fast. Colombia has one of the top car accident rates between cars and pedestrians (per capita). I find it interesting that there are a lot of street dancers at intersections if Colombia has a lot of car accidents.

Another thing is the idea of going to the mall. This activity became particularly common in the 1980s when Medellin was a dangerous city. (However, don’t worry, Medellin is no longer a dangerous city.) In the 1980s, people went to malls since they are full of security and it was difficult to attack someone. Now trips to the mall have been passed down as something that Colombians do for fun, rather than for safety.

The last interesting thing is the nature. Here there are so many tropical fruits and plants, much like in Bali. But there are more fruits in Colombia. With so many fruits it’s hard to keep track of all of them: Guanabana (Soursop), Papaya, Fig, Dragonfruit, Maracuya (Passion Fruit), Granadilla (similar to passion fruit but sweeter), Lulo, and Poha Berries (goes by many names: Inca Berries, Aztec Berries, Cape Gooseberries, Peruvian Cherry, etc.).

Those are the things I find interesting about Colombia.

 

 

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