The name “don’t give papaya” is a translation of a Colombian saying meaning “don’t let yourself be taken advantage of”; that as long as you’re careful, you’ll be fine, since otherwise “papaya given is papaya taken”—you can’t leave papaya out. When people talk about Bogotá being dangerous I just tell them if you’re doing stupid things sure it’s dangerous, but so is any city. Colombia has it’s share of other problems, but they are more often than not blown out of proportion.
We started this blog summer of 2011 when we both moved to Bogotá, but Syd has since had to leave for L.A. and we’ve decided that that’s a natural place to finish. Still, we definitely suggest looking through the archives, there’s tons of information there. Thanks for dropping by. (and don’t be afraid to drop us a line.)
Manu: was born in Colombia but moved to the states as a kid and so still found the move back interesting. She has a degree in physics and has now fortunately moved on to study the more interesting field of philosophy at UNal. She has a music blog here.
Syd: took a gap year to live in Bogotá but has since moved back to L.A. which is thankfully similar in many ways. Syd is studying linguistics; and has a doodle blog here, and a queer movie/food blog here.
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