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  • Fake it 'til you make it: The "Foreign" Colombians 2 months ago I was once asked out on a date by a guy who was half-Argentinian. I mean, he said his mother was from Argentina and he had that lovely slurring “juh” accent all Argentines have, except when I mentioned this to a good, Colombian, friend of mine he said: “Darling, you do realise that guy’s...
  • Colombia: Rum Country? 5 months ago A few years ago I was sent to Geneva to write an article and there isn’t an awful lot to do in Geneva, so I ended up in a chocolatier’s workshop, stuffing my face. The elderly chocolatier wore a grey three-piece suit and carried a large gold watch in his pocket, on a chain (I […]
  • The Bitter Truth About Brie 6 months ago No-one ever knocks on the door at night. In fact, no-one ever visits at night, but if they do, they’re announced by the doorman, portero in Colombia, whose job it is to formally announce all visitors, from the plumber to the priest. It’s a bit like the way young girls were announced at London...
  • Thoughts on Freedom 7 months ago About a month ago, a man died. He was 91-years-old, cheerily wrinkled. He had very nice teeth. And ever since he died, I’ve thought an awful lot about him. Which is weird because until the day he died, I hadn’t thought about him at all. The man was Lee Kuan Yew, the former Singapore leader....
  • Books, books, all around... that none of us will read? 7 months ago Writers get alarmed by business meetings, especially when their books get crushed into numbers, pesos and spreadsheets to such an extent, they’re in danger of disappearing altogether. I stared out of the window, wondering how long my Banana Skin Flip Flops writers’ block would last. No-one has... Featured Expat Blog Badge:

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