Hola amigos, my name’s John Hartley, the brains behind ColombianMailOrderBride.com. Originally hailing from the heart of Texas, my fascination for Latin culture, their warm hospitality, and radiant women led me to pursue a whole new adventure in the vibrant country of Colombia.
Years ago, after completing my degree in Social Anthropology at the University of Texas, I decided to quench my thirst for travel and exploration. I found myself stepping off the plane in Medellín, Colombia, a place that was soon to become my second home. My love for the Latin culture, the Spanish language, salsa dancing, and a particular girl named Mariana were the main forces that tethered me to this land of magic realism. But let’s backtrack a bit, shall we?
My journey with online dating started around the same time I set foot in Colombia. I was a greenhorn, naive about the subtleties of the dating scene, especially when it came to dating sites focusing on foreign women. My initial encounters were a wild mix of laughter, confusion, and at times, disappointment.
Take the time I met ‘Luciana’, for instance. Her profile was perfect, her pictures, enchanting. Yet, after months of enchanting chats, I discovered that my romantic liaison was a scam. ‘Luciana’ turned out to be a team of con artists who played on my emotions, and yes, my wallet too. Then there was ‘Alejandra’, a supposed medical student looking for love. Only after wiring money for a ‘medical emergency’ did I realize I had fallen into another classic scam.
But amigos, let me assure you, it wasn’t all doom and gloom. I also had my fair share of genuine connections. I remember long heart-to-heart conversations with Sofia, a graphic designer from Bogotá, and impromptu virtual salsa lessons with Isabella, an energetic dancer from Cali. These women taught me about the richness of their culture, their dreams, and made me fall in love with the spirit of Colombian women.
Years of experiences, good and bad, schooled me in the art of online dating. I understood the red flags, learned to differentiate genuine profiles from the fraudulent ones, and got a hang of the ‘lingo’ used in these circles. But what about others who were in the same boat as I was when I started? Wouldn’t they benefit from a guide, a mentor who could help them navigate these choppy waters? This thought was the genesis of ColombianMailOrderBride.com.
Creating this site was my way of giving back. I wanted to provide real, honest reviews, tips, and share my experiences about these platforms, to make it easier for others looking for love across borders. Every bit of advice you see here comes from my personal experience, from my triumphs and downfalls.
So, whether you’re new to the game or have been burned before, you’re in the right place. I promise you, this journey, albeit filled with twists and turns, will be worthwhile. Together, we’ll sift through the chaff, spot the red flags, and you’ll be on your way to meet your own Colombian queen.
Now, how about that? Are you ready to embark on this adventure? Let’s explore the world of online dating, Colombian style!