La deliciosa ‘CH’ de los Colombianos

He estado pensando en lo lindo de mi lengua materna y de mi natal Colombia. De vez en cuando y de cuando en vez me da nostalgia y extraño los sabores y colores de mi bella Risaralda…extraño el indiscutible encanto de mi Pereira, la Perla del Otún. Y es que como algunos sabrán, yo soy lo que comúnmente es conocido como ‘una rola con barriga paisa’. Nací en Bogotá y crecí en Pereira. Mis memorias de infancia me llevan a Dosquebradas, me dibujan el viaducto Cesar Gaviria Trujillo, me hacen saborear arepas con queso como las que no he vuelto a comer, me hacen ver mi bella ciudad desde el mirador de las camelias y montar a caballo por extensas montañas. Como extraño mi patria. otra parte, hablo con acento rolo ya que el paisa lo he perdido con los años. Aunque no recuerdo Bogotá vívidamente, aun amo el ajiaco, el sancocho, el mondongo, y aunque a muchos no les guste me hacen falta los cubios y las chuguas.

Chuguas, esto es lo que me lleva a escribir hoy. Charlando con una muchacha amiga mía, caí en cuenta que el uso de la letra ‘ch’ en el español Colombiano es casi un asunto sagrado. Me encanta cuchichear. No me gusta guardar chécheres ni cachivaches. No es que sea deschavetada es que soy descomplicada. No me digan chifloreta, yo soy creativa. Ya no tengo chifonier. No me gustan los hombres chichipatos. No es que sea de buenas, eso es chiripa. Las cosas se deben hacer bien, nada de chancucos. Y por si no sabía a los rolos de cache se les dice chachacos 🙂

He aquí, algunas de esas deliciosas palabras chibchombianas con la ‘ch’, que suenan tan chéveres y a veces tan chistosas.

**Estas palabras no son consideradas rudas ni groseras en Colombia. Pido disculpas por adelantado si en algún otro país las mismas tienen otro significado**

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Achantar Chato Choneto Guacharaca
Achaque Chepa Chontaduro Guache
Apapachar Chepero Chorizo Habichuela
Arracacha Chepito Chorolo Hincha
Arrunchar Chibcha Chorreada (papa) Hinchado
Bicharraco Chibchombia Chorriar Jincho
Bicho Chicanear Chucheria Lichigo
Bizcocho Chicanero Chucho Locha
Bochorno Chicha Chuchumeco Machacar
Bonche Chicharra Chueco Machete
Borrachera Chicharrin Chuleta Macho
Borracho Chicharron Chulo Machucar
Buche Chichi Chumbima Mecha
Cachaco Chichigua Chunchullo Mechero
Cacharro Chichon Churro Melcocha
Cachete Chicle Churrusco Melcochudo
Cacheton Chiflar Churumbelito Mocha
Cachucha Chifloreto Chusco Mochila
Carcacha Chinche Chusma Pachanga
Chabacano Chino Chuspa Pachanguero
Chacha Chiquinquira Chuzo Pancho
Chambon Chiquito Cochinada Parche
Chamizo Chiripiorca Cochino Pichirre
Champe Chirlovirlo Conchudo Picho
Champus Chirriar Corcho Pinche
Chamuco Chirrido Cuchichear Pincho
Chance Chirriquitico Cucho Plancha
Chancho Chismorrear Cuchufleto Planchar
Chanchullo Chispa Deschavetado Chupa
Chancleta Chispero Desfachatez Pochola
Chanda Chispita Desmechado Poncho
Changua Chistin Desparchado Puchero
Chantar Chito Despecho Racha
Chapa Chiva Dicha Rancho
Chapucear Chiviado Dicharachero Riachuelo
Chaqueta Choachi Ducha Roncha
Charco Chocante Enranchado Tachar
Charlar Chocarrero Enrancharse Tachuela
Charlatán Chocho Escachado Toche
Charola Choclo Escacharse Trapiche
Charro Chocolate Espichar Trasnocharse
Chasco Chocolatina Facha Trasnocho
Chasquear Chompa Fincho Trocha
Chatarra Choncho Guachafita Trucha

Flying over Rio de Janeiro

Yep, that would be me hang gliding over one of the most famous and perhaps exotic cities in the world: Rio de Janeiro.

we were birds over a magical city…but for a moment

Our trip to Rio was one of those things that just happens. We happened to be invited to a wedding somewhere in south Brazil, Garrett thought it would be cool to say yes and we kinda took it from there. I became an American citizen, renewed my Colombian passport and obtained my American documents in a 6 week window in order to be ready for this trip.

Flying to Rio was fun! I was super excited to get a great aerial view of my beloved South American mountains (especially those of my native Colombia). We arrived in Rio at 8 AM local time after traveling for about 13 hours! Our driver Caio took us to Copacabana Beach and shared some details about the architecture of the city and the great extent of its infamous favelas (the slums). The first hour in Rio was time for readjustment. The air felt different, colors were intense, there were loud noises around us, people were walking on the expressway taking advantage of chaotic traffic to sell chips and water, walls (or expression murals) were filled with graffiti, motorcycles drove by really fast, and Caio practiced his English with the eagerness of one trying to pass the American citizenship test…this I personally know.

Our first goal after checking into a small studio in Copacabana was to find a good place to hangglide. We found a company online and using my Portuñol, transportation arrangements were made. This was an amazing experience! We signed our lives away, met our instructor and were driven about 10 minutes up to a mountain to the take-off platform. My pilot, Navarro, was very serious and passionate about our flight. He demanded that I did everything gracefully, my movements had to be precise yet gentle. He held a 5 minute tutorial, put a bunch of over-sized gear on me and off we went. We ran as fast as we could and 3 seconds later we were birds flying over Rio. That’s about as wordy as my description of that experience can get. It was a very exciting and personal time…8-10 minutes during which every fiber of my being was fully engaged and overtaken by what my eyes were seeing. One word: Magical…two words for you: do it! 

Country Brands: The Colombia is Passion Example

Well, call me biased. I had to showcase my pride and joy, my homeland, ‘mi tierra querida‘: our Colombia. 

A beautiful land with two oceans; three mountain ranges; incredible forests and landscapes; a sea of seven colors; a rich indigenous past mixed with unstoppable progress and growth; a country full of creative and incredible people. As a well known advertising campaign stated it: The Risk is Wanting to Stay

What can I say? I grew up reading the works of master Garcia Marquez, yes, I am a ‘hundred years of solitude‘ child. Who doesn’t love Shakira and her sexy moves? Did you know that Colombia is the second largest exporter of flowers in the world after the Netherlands? This may come as a shocker but yes, we are indeed ranked amongst the happiest people on earth. Here is an interesting fact 10% of the world’s flora and fauna is in Colombia despite the fact that its geographical extent covers less than 1% of the earth. 

A few years ago a group of researchers set out to find a common denominator amongst Colombians. The purpose of this project was to find competitive advantages that would position the country as an attractive target for tourism and foreign investment, but most importantly to create a unified self-image amongst Colombians. It was concluded that the driving force for our tenacity and excellence is passion. Passion is the best raw material of our citizens. More than a brand, Colombia is Passion, has become a feeling that identifies a unique social and cultural group: Colombians. 

Why a country brand?  In recent years Colombia has made progress in different areas such as security, economy and quality of life indicators, among others. Every day, Colombians are noted for business, artistic, sporting and personal achievements. This new reality allowed Colombia to consider the need to generate a label that would become a powerful tool to reflect these changes to the world.

Other Countries Establishing Their Country Brands:

Australia:  There is nothing like Australia

South Africa:  It’s Possible 
**Not only their country branding campaign has been successful, keep in the mind the national pride and global exposure they gained through the recent world cup thanks to FIFA**

Spain:  I need Spain 

India:  Incredible India

Talk about large scale marketing and advertising. These campaigns have taken whole countries and changed their images for its inhabitants and the world itself.