Regardless, I look on the bright side and see this as an advantage. I have found that Medellin women, as in most parts of the world, love compliments and like it when a guy can make them laugh. So Spanish has been essential for me here in Medellin. Socially, women are a little different than the southern California women I was used to meeting.
My 5 Year Experience Dating Colombian Women in Medellin – (01/02/19)
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From a traveller perspective, South America splits into roughly three regions. The more developed Southern countries of Argentina, Uruguay and Chile; with their European feel, political stability and relatively high standards not to mention great wine and meat. Here you have the main concentration of travellers, drawn not only by the world famous sights, but also the significantly lower cost of travel certainly in Bolivia. And a more 'authentic' South American feeling with a great percentage of indigenous population highest in Bolivia and stereotypical scenery. South America on the whole lacks difficult border crossings and visa headaches although Americas will occasionally run into hefty charges.
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Since around 0 AD, the Muisca domesticated guinea pigs , part of their meat diet. Trade was the most important activity of the Muisca with other Chibcha-speaking neighbours,  such as the Guane , Lache and U'wa and with Cariban groups as the Muzo or "Emerald People". Their knowledge of salt production from brines, a task exclusively for the Muisca women , gave them the name "Salt People". At these frequent markets, the Muisca obtained various luxury goods that seem worthless in modern sense and precious metals and gemstones that seem valuable to us became abundant and used for various purposes.
Ciudad Perdida "The Lost City" Owing to its location, the present territory of Colombia was a corridor of early human migration from Mesoamerica and the Caribbean to the Andes and Amazon basin. Vestiges indicate that there was also early occupation in the regions of El Abra and Tequendama in Cundinamarca. The figure refers to the ceremony of the legend of El Dorado. They farmed maize, potato, quinoa and cotton, and traded gold, emeralds , blankets, ceramic handicrafts, coca and especially rock salt with neighboring nations.