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5 Great Colombian Films to see before travelling to Colombia Colombian cinema isn't exactly steeped in history like Brazilian, nor famous for its quality like Argentinian, nor popular with hipsters like Mexican. This undoubtedly is due to financing as well as the fact that when people go to watch a film about Colombia, they expect guns, violence, gangsters and drugs. Still, that doesn't mean there aren't some great films that have come out of the country, even if they're not always easy to find in your local cinema in Bogotá. Sure,...
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  • Mat says #
    As mentioned by Natalia: Los Viajes del Viento (the journey of the wind) would be THE film to watch if you were considering a trip
  • Colin says #
    One great one which is missing, which was critically the most successful of all Colombian film, was LA VENDEDORA DE ROSAS. The who
  • Natalia says #
    Definitely "LA" estrategia del Caracol and Los colores de la montaña are good movies, that's for sure, the first one is specially
Systema Solar
Forget Juanes, forget Shakira and even put down your Carlos Vives album. Systema Solar There’s far more to Colombian music than just these artists and limiting yourself to just these is to do the independent music scene an injustice. While many may have heard of Bomba Estereo and ChocQuibTown from FIFA, or their various appearances on MTV Award shows, this is just scratching the surface of what’s on offer and, as these bands get bigger, it’s getting harder and harder to...
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  • Haileselase says #
    Hi Mike, great to hear from you. You're right about perceptions, I think sllowy but surely things are changing and with people lik
  • Josian says #
    And don't forget Aterciopelados, maybe a bit more mainstream here but a great band. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bttFOOzcIHc&ob
Musicians in Periera
Every culture has its ticks. Being English I spend an inordinate amount of time sitting in a pub drinking beer and an even greater amount of time avoiding social awkwardness. I can't hug well and it takes me over two sentences to ask someone to move ('excuse me, terribly sorry to interupt. Would it be at all possible for you to just move ever so slightly to the left so that I can pass? Thank you kindly'). Even so, the things...
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  • paula says #
    Que ignorancia! si no saben mejor no hablen nada que ver lo que dicen con las costumbres colombianas por favor!
  • Goes says #
    Hello Janet,You may be in luck! It would be great to chat to you face to face in regards to your level and any Spanish calsses you

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If you ask travelers what they think of the food in Colombia, you’ll most likely get a mixed response. Some claim Colombia’s cuisine is the perfect match of quantity and quality while others are put off by the lack of nuance. For sure, refined, delicate gastronomy isn’t Colombia’s strong point but natural, big and unprocessed meals are.A lot also depends on where you go. People can stay in a city like Bogotá for weeks without hitting the right restaurants in Colombia,...
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  • platanorulz says #
    If you're excluding fruits because they are all delicious, you should exclude the potatoes since they can be considered a vegetabl
  • Beardlord says #
    The food in Colombia makes one cry. The clearest indication of this is that it is usually Americans and Brits who laud it. Neith
  • Rob says #
    As a ex chef, I was amazed at what Colombians put into their street food. The first and only time I had one it had a burger, rice,

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It's no secret that Latinos know how to party, and Colombians are no exceptions. Whether they're swigging from a bottle of Aguardiente, shaking their hips to salsa or merely singing really loud in public, the urge to let loose is rarely actually kept inside. This love of a good time extends to the country's calender, which is full of opportunities to drink and dance; sometimes these opportunities are known as festivals. Colombia's festivals are world-famous, and well worth planning your entire...
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