Here in Colombia, they don’t believe in the normal time. What do I mean by that? Let’s say you are meeting someone at 7 in the evening. If you show up before 8, you’re early. Allow me to explain.
A few months back, there was a three-day weekend here in Colombia. A few friends and I (all Colombians) decided to take a trip out of Bogotá. The plan… let’s leave at 10 am. I give my friend a call around 9:30, and he said that it’d be best if we leave around 11 or 12. Perfect… because I was still in bed.
At 12, I have my bags ready. I received a text message saying that he is held up with something, and that it would be best if we leave at 2. Cool, no problem. I’m flexible.
At 2, I receive a call.
“Hey Eric, I’m kind of busy right now.”
“Oh ya, what are you up too?”
“I’m actually with a girl. But, we’ll still travel today. Let’s leave at 4”
Hmmm. Alright. Like I said, I’m flexible. So at 4, of course I wasn’t surprised that I received a text message saying now, we’re leaving at 6.
At this time, I was really doubting that we would even leave that day. But, around 5:30, I got a call from another friend. He was in front of my apartment to pick me up. In utter disbelief that we were actually about to head out, I grabbed my bags and headed down.
We headed over to my friends house (the one who I had been talking with all day), and he recommended that we just leave tomorrow.
Oh hell no.
For some reason, we were able to convince him that tonight was it. We all jumped in our cars to pick up our last friend. When we arrived, of course he invited us into his house for beers (except for the drivers). As I sat for 2 hours in a surprised state (although I shouldn’t have been) that we were still in Bogotá, everyone carried on conversations about numerous topics. Finally, around 9 pm, exactly 13 hours after we were supposed to leave, we finally started to travel.
I have thousands of stories like this. With this information, I have come to the conclusion that whatever the time is, add a minimum of an hour… upwards to 12 or 13 hours.
Welcome to Colombia.