In fact, a lot of our modern culture is awash with a myriad of myths, legends and bizarre traditions that date back hundreds of years.
But where did they all originate and why do we still celebrate them?
A pair of chopsticks means ‘I love you too’, one chopstick means ‘no, thank you’ and a chilli is our equivalent of giving someone the finger or deleting them off Facebook.
These were ornate, hand-carved gifts and most girls would be over-the-spoon to receive one. Wolf whistle The Kickapoo Tribe in Mexico don’t see whistling as disrespectful to women but a necessity to stop others from hearing your romantic plans.
And it’s not frowned upon here the way it is back in the UK. It’s the opposite here – no matter how hard the guy tries to fight it, there’s a machista part of him that wants you to hold out and let him chase you. What would pass for light hearted banter in the UK, might well make a Colombian question his own masculinity. If you’re young, free and single in a city like Bogotá, the world is your About Harriet Marsden Alongside her university studies which focused on Latin American literature and culture, Harriet Marsden has lived and worked in Costa Rica, Bolivia and Colombia.
We Brits are a bit of an odd bunch – we like to roll cheese down hills and dance around with bells, sticks and handkerchiefs.
All across the city of Bogotá, and indeed the rest of the country, gringa girls living and working in Colombia are pairing up with local boys – at a staggering rate! Ask anyone about it, go and check it out, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.Anyone who has taken a dip in to the dating pool (or sewer) will know it can be traumatic.No-shows, blanked texts and cat fishes can be enough to send anyone into cardiac arrest. Our friends from around the globe are knee deep in courting calamities too.It seems to be a match made in heaven – the Colombian males, who are fascinated with foreign women, and the young English girls, who are 6,000 miles away from home for the first time. It’s fair to say that for people in their early twenties in England, dating culture hasn’t really taken off – at least, not like it has in America.Add that to the Harlequin romance-fueled Western imagination and idealisation of a Latin lover, and ! Rather than dating multiple people casually, including almost strangers, like we see in shows like In Colombia, the relationship between men and women affects the dating culture.