On several occasions I’ve come across this Go-Home! syndrome that I’ve realised to be unique to Colombians. Disclaimer up front – this is by no means statistical, but purely empirical. It’s just happening to me and foreigners around me, which makes me think it must have happened to other foreigners who have brought up anything about Colombia other than how much they love it.
Then, a blogger friend wrote about her observations on the culture’s idiosyncracies and was asked to ‘go home!’.
And we have the notorious ‘hate post‘ about Bogotá who happened to be written another friend of mine. It really did invoke a lot of debate/justifying/defending what have you and sure he got a lot of ‘Go-Home’ recommendations too, so much so that it was translated by the free newspaper – so in the end everyone in Bogotá knew about Chris, whether they spoke English or not, whether they are office workers or street sweepers.
To be honest it’s becoming quite funny I would say. So many different individuals would have come up with the same response I think we should hashtag the word #GoHomeExtrajerosEnColombia.
The truth is, the fact that you don’t like some things about a place certainly doesn’t mean you have to #GoHome. And we certainly have the right to talk about whatever we see, hear feel or think. The difference is that we bring it up, and talk about it, whilst Colombians seem to prefer to live in a bubble, believe that everything is fine and that we are doing so so well compared to our past, compared to our neighbouring LatAm countries, that we should be happy. True. We’re doing much better than others but that doesn’t mean Carulla/Exito is not the monopoly that exploits customers, public transport is great, and things work perfectly well!
Let me say this. We won’t go home just because #NothingWorksInColombia happens everyday. We’ll go home when we want to go home. Fullstop.