Looking at accounts of famous bloggers and travellers, photographers and just tourists, you see their lives as very carefree and unclouded. But everything is not that simple. We don’t see another flip side of the coin. All are human beings and have, I’m sure, a lot of problems. And in this post, I’d like to show you something really irritating about living in South America based on my personal experience. Most of the statements are true for all the countries I’ve been to there.
1. The first thing that shocked me, when I just arrived in Colombia was that here you can’t flush your toilet paper into the toilet. The canalization system is just not that good to provide you this option. You always have to have this wonderful basket next to the w.c. pan. Sucks! The most simple thing and already a disappointment.
2. You can never feel safe on the streets. And that’s good. Thus you won’t get in trouble. But after two years of living here, I already forgot the feeling of safety. Couldn’t even imagine how it is. Weird…
3. Being a girl, I notice it a lot and still can’t get used to it: you can’t wear jewellery on the street. Especially expensive one. Especially if you’re a “gringo” (= stranger). I really missed all my pretty rings and necklaces, bracelets and accessories. But here you first of all should think about staying safe.
4. Too many homeless people. Especially in Bogota, the capital of Colombia. It is an absolute leader of Latin America in street inhabitants. Just look at the statistics.
5. It is so dirty here!!! Even in the worst neighbourhood of the smallest city in Russia, it is much cleaner than in a usual place here. Sure, in fancy neighbourhoods everything is nice and pretty, but in normal ones… my poor white shoes 😦 Can’t wear them anymore. And I just killed my favourite sports shoes of violet colour. Now they’re grey and can’t be cleaned.
6. You can’t throw away rubbish in an apartment building (generally). You, even not having your own house, must carry your (again) wonderful basket and throw the stuff in a special place outside the building. People! Let the cleanliness be easier!
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7. Latins are always late!
— Hey man, let’s meet at 2 p.m.?
— Sure, mate!
And you’re waiting for them for at least 40 minutes… And you know what, it influences you too. After weeks of this treatment, at 2 p.m. you already think: ah, perfect, I have half an hour to be ready! Gosh, I’ve never been as unpunctual as I am here. In most cases, it doesn’t relate to business, luckily.
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8. Only Colombian food (obviously in Colombia): it’s so difficult to find my favourite food from my country. For me, it is 1) a good sour cream, 2) buckwheat (that no one has an idea what it can be, but it is actually a kind of cereals), 3) cottage cheese (the same story as poor buckwheat. It’s not a cheese, but another milk product), etc. Mostly you can find Colombian traditional food, Colombia’s street food and something common like pizza or pasta. For sure there are fancy restaurants that can offer you a greater variety of cuisines, but they are way more expensive.
9. Latins don’t drink tea. I mean normal hot tea. Especially in Rio de Janeiro: if you offer someone a cup of tea, they’ll expect an ice tea for sure. By the way, there are many more things you should be aware of when going to Brazil: don’t forget to have a look here.
10. Latins drink ice water! Generally, it’s related to Colombians, Venezuelans and Brazilians. Doesn’t matter how hot or cold it is, your drink must be from the fridge and with ice cubes to make it better! Brrrr, too cold for my throat!
Think about what’s written here and try to imagine, how it fits your needs and habits. Then decide if you’re ready to experience South America or not 🙂
To see a great stuff about South America, check out my YouTube channel with my documentary adventures.
And the main thing: I still LOVE South America! It’s my second (third?) home ❤