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  • by Roberto Rocha
  • published from Canada
  • on 2009.10.02

10 things you didn’t know about Colombia

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1. Because it’s sandwiched between the Caribbean and the Andes, Colombia boasts an incredible variety of musical styles. Some of those styles include:
ChampetaVallenatoTrovaSalsaDespechoGuascaMerengueBachataReggaetonCumbiaPorroCurrulaoBambucoJoropo

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2. If you order a café in Colombia, you’ll be served a little bit of coffee drowned in a lot of milk. If all you want is black coffee, you must order a tinto.

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3. There are three ways to order eggs in Colombia: Frito (sunny-side up), revueltos (scrambled), or perico (scrambled with tomatoes and onions).

Huevos pericos
Huevos pericos

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4. The town of Popayán was the first in the world to be designated a City of Gastronomy by UNESCO.

Popayán
Popayán

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5. Colombians call gasoline A.C.P.M., which some like to say is an acronym for the four main elements of the Colombian diet: arroz, carne (or cerveza), papas y maiz: rice, meat (or beer) potatoes and corn.

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6. Colombia is one of the world’s most important exporters of emeralds.

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7. The most typical Colombian food is the humble arepa, a pre-Columbian flatbreat made of corn flour. Depending on the region, it can be thin and crispy, fat and buttery, filled with cheese, and stuffed with meats and condiments. The best one I had was in Sogamoso near the bus terminal. It was thick, crispy on the outside, buttery and cheesy on the inside.

Arepas
Arepas

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8.  Colombia boasts a dizzying selection of tropical fruits. Some of the fruits I tried for the first time include:
Lulo Guanabana •  Mamey FeijoaBorojóCorozoTomate de arbol (tamarillo) • MamoncilloChontaduroArazá

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9. Because of the improving security, many Colombians are starting to discover their own country, yet few know what other regions of the country are like. Colombians regions are so distinct that they can be considered separate nations.

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10. Depending on who you ask, Colombia’s president, Alvaro Uribe is either a) a great man with the courage and leadership to push Colombia into modernity and really fight the FARC guerrillas, or b) a right-wing dictator who neutered the judicial system, rules over the legislature, and has friends in the media to keep Colombians from realizing that he’s slowly steamrolling over their constitutional rights.

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  1. I love arepas!

    I just came back from a trip around colombia. It’s such a beautiful and fascinating country!

    My boyfriend wrote a little post about it, i thought you might like reading it.

    http://jfrouges.blogspot.com/2010/09/dix-surprises-en-colombie.html

    by isatruc on 2010.09.08

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