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21 Reasons Colombia Is The Happiest Country In World
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"It takes far less effort to find and move to the society that has what you want than it does to try to reconstruct an existing society to match your standards." - Harry Browne
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.
CUMBIAAAAA COLOMBIANA !!!!
nice compilation , i would say they re indeed the happiest , i mean they invented the cumbia hahah. best colombian export .
If God is watching us, the least we can do is be entertaining.
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.
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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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.
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.
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?