colombian flagThis week we have Pedro sharing about his home country, Colombia. What Pedro misses most is the delicious food, happy lifestyle, and high level of appreciation shared among the people. 

The food in Columbia is fresh. Not only is it grown locally, the process does not involve many additives or harsh chemicals. The same can be found here in the United States, but you would have to sift through a lot of processed goods with unclear preparation processes. Needless to say, Colombian meals are grand and delicious.

Part of the reason there is a focus on local foods is that there are high taxes on imports in Columbia. There are three standard rates for tariffs at 0 percent, 5 percent, and 10 percent, but with some exceptions. The website states that beef and rice are subject to an 80 percent duty, and milk and cream are subject to a 98 percent duty, and whey is currently subject to a 20 percent duty in-quota (3,000 tons) and a 94 percent duty outside the quota. This, combined with a relatively low cost of living, makes it more efficient to keep food related commerce within the country’s borders.

Yes, the standard of living is low, but it is not an impoverished society. The infrastructure matches standard developed countries. As an obvious difference, according to Pedro, is that there are more resources in the United States, which allows people to be wasteful. There is more appreciation for goods in Colombia. To illustrate, a family in Colombia will buy and use a car for a longer period of time than their counterpart in the United States.

Finally, there is a clear difference in people’s attitudes. Colombians tend to be friendly and happy. Of course, Pedro is comparing his memory to the hustle and bustle of the mid-Atlantic region of the United States, which can vary from other regions. Regardless, even the people in the cities of Colombia are close and friendly. Pedro believes that there is more focus on family and people than for the race to accumulate material objects.


Submitted by Conan Mcenroe



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