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21 Reasons Colombia is the happiest country in the world!

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21 Reasons Colombia is the happiest country in the world!

Postby Winston » Sat Jan 19, 2013 11:54 am

Check this out!

21 Reasons Colombia Is The Happiest Country In World

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Postby publicduende » Sat Jan 19, 2013 1:19 pm

Colombians are happy because we Westerners are not. They stick to simple pleasures of life and can take the incredible challenges life can throw at them with philosophy and humour. As Colombia grows into a regional power, I dearly hope it will look as little as possible like the US, and will find its way to suistainable development aligned with the true spirit of its people.
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Postby Johnny1975 » Sat Jan 19, 2013 2:51 pm

I'm spanish, and sometimes I wish I was colombian. They're crazy people. Listen to their music.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=788d1E_trHE[/youtube]

A lot of filipinas could easy pass as colombian.
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Postby colibri » Sat Jan 19, 2013 5:32 pm

Johnny1975 wrote:I'm spanish, and sometimes I wish I was colombian. They're crazy people. Listen to their music.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=788d1E_trHE[/youtube]

A lot of filipinas could easy pass as colombian.


CUMBIAAAAA COLOMBIANA :o !!!!

nice compilation , i would say they re indeed the happiest , i mean they invented the cumbia hahah. best colombian export .
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Postby ryanx » Sat Jan 19, 2013 6:52 pm

So what about residency requirements, cost of living etc etc? I want to live there...sounds much better than Philippines. I don't need many women (at my age lol) just a good one to keep.
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Postby publicduende » Sat Jan 19, 2013 8:07 pm

ryanx wrote:So what about residency requirements, cost of living etc etc? I want to live there...sounds much better than Philippines. I don't need many women (at my age lol) just a good one to keep.


How old are you? Do you have skills that could be useful for a job in a Colombian large city? Knowledge of the oil/gas, food or coffee processing industry are very much on demand. IT skills are also sought after, especially when couple to a fluent to native English level and at least conversational Spanish.

I wouldn't be able to tell you the complete breakdown as I only spent time in Medellin this year. I had the stark impression that Medellin is not as cheap as, say, Davao. Everybody seems upwardly mobile, although not in the hideous and odious way of the AW.
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Postby Robert77 » Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:55 pm

My experience in colombia was that

1. normal colombian women are on average nicer looking, thinner and more feminine than 99% of "normal" American women

2. they're happy, they're very laid back, if you think australians or cali people are laid back you have not met colombians

3. its a party culture where people place a lot of emphasis on family, friends, social gatherings

colombia is developing fast, I wonder if it will turn into another US (after all latin america is to the US what eastern europe is to russia)
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Postby Jester » Thu Feb 07, 2013 9:25 pm

ryanx wrote:So what about residency requirements, cost of living etc etc?


Maybe the most difficult immigration policy in the Americas after Gringoland. Right up there with Chile and Canada I suppose.

Yet the country's appeal, from mountain paradise, to Cumbia, to women, leads me to wonder sometimes about how those difficulties can be overcome.

As PublicDuende points out, folks who have skills that are desired there, should head straight there and job-hunt -- best relocation choice in the Americas for young guys willing to blend, learn the language, learn to dance.
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Postby ryanx » Mon Nov 04, 2013 10:53 pm

As PublicDuende points out, folks who have skills that are desired there, should head straight there and job-hunt -- best relocation choice in the Americas for young guys willing to blend, learn the language, learn to dance.


What about "old" guys like me? I am nearly 54, is it too late for me to start a new life there?

I am in Spain right now, working frantically on my Spanish, but I am completely invisible and ignored. I really feel my age here. I haven't got the first clue how to break into this culture...or if it is even possible or worth it.

So is Colombia any different for a loner middle-aged guy? The only thing in my favor is I am financially secure - that is I can live on the proverbial $1000 a month for the foreseeable future.
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Postby chibolo » Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:33 pm

Johnny1975 wrote:I'm spanish, and sometimes I wish I was colombian. They're crazy people. Listen to their music.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=788d1E_trHE[/youtube]

A lot of filipinas could easy pass as colombian.


Nice... Here is some Peruvian cumbia, which is a little different but also nice...

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNnSkJuYS7M[/youtube]
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Postby rudder » Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:46 pm

Spain is not worth the effort. Colombia is. I've lived in Spain. I've never lived in Colombia. I'd only go back to Spain if someone paid me to take a short vacation there.
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Postby MrPeabody » Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:49 am

It's happy because the guerrillas kept Americans from buying up the country. The good press they are starting to receive isn't good news. Gringos are already screwing up Medellin.
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Postby djfourmoney » Tue Nov 05, 2013 8:14 am

Robert77 wrote:My experience in colombia was that

1. normal colombian women are on average nicer looking, thinner and more feminine than 99% of "normal" American women

2. they're happy, they're very laid back, if you think australians or cali people are laid back you have not met colombians

3. its a party culture where people place a lot of emphasis on family, friends, social gatherings

colombia is developing fast, I wonder if it will turn into another US (after all latin america is to the US what eastern europe is to russia)
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1. Sounds like the rest of Latin America

2. More Warm Cultures are like that. While Western Society and Government works very well (even if we mock it from time to time) are considered very cold to them. *Though many educated Latins will trade that warmth for a functional Government/Laws which is why many of them migrate to America/Western Europe.

3. See #2, visual aids?

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Postby ryanx » Tue Nov 05, 2013 9:25 am

rudder wrote:Spain is not worth the effort. Colombia is. I've lived in Spain. I've never lived in Colombia. I'd only go back to Spain if someone paid me to take a short vacation there.


Why is that? How long did you live there?
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