- More than six million Colombians are internally displaced but the country mobilizes when 10,000+ are forced to leave the neighboring country of Venezuela.
- Colombia’s Attorney General Alejandro Ordóñez continues a campaign to dismiss Bogotá Mayor Gustavo Petro from this position despite only a few months remaining to his tenure.
- People will pick up their dog excrement and bag it and leave it on the ground under 20 yards from the nearest bin.
- Footballer Radamel Falcao has not been the same player since his injury whilst playing for Monaco but his dip in form is Louis Van Gaal’s fault. Two months from now it will be Jose Mourinho’s.
- Real Estate Agents don’t work on weekends in Bogotá, when people have time to go and view apartments and houses, preferring to squeeze in multiple viewings between 6am and 8am before work and after 6pm on weekdays.
- Despite suffering more than 50 years of a civil conflict, were it to come down to a popular national vote, the public would – very possibly – vote against a peace agreement with the FARC guerrillas.
- Appearance is everything in Colombia, with men routinely getting manicures, but no one complains about the amount of trash spewed over the sidewalks once the recicladores have been through.
- You can have 15 years of experience in the relevant field in Colombia but if you don’t have an MA you are not considered for the job.
- The only way to become an “untouchable” in Colombia is to join the political class, which is, the least trusted and very possibly the most hated in the country.
- Members of the Colombian diaspora become fervently Uribista once they have left Colombia, thanking the former president for increasing security on the country’s highways making it possible to drive cars on roads they will never again use.
- Towns suffering from seasonal outbreaks of dengue in Colombia can only gain access to the necessary fumigation products from the central government after two cases of the illness have been officially reported and registered.
And there you have it, a short list of Colombian paradoxes
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