Culture & Identity of Colombia
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About three quarters of Colombia's population lives
in cities, but the rural landscapes, including the mountains and eastern jungles
are home to another quarter. This diversity in landscape also dictates the way of
life, culture, and even occupations for the people depending on where they are located.
For those with a regular job, such as one in the services industry, in an office,
or a factory, the day's schedule is fairly regulated, but for those living in
the jungles or mountains, life may revolve more heavily on the land and the weather
so every day varies. For those with regular jobs, many wake up as early as 5:30
am to get breakfast then head off to work or school. In most of the cities people
tend to take public transportation to get to these places, but in more rural areas
bikes are more common as is walking. Work and school generally take a break at about
noon for lunch and perhaps a nap. Work picks back up in mid-afternoon and goes until
the early evening when most families again unite.
Evenings and weekends are often spent with family as most families gather together
for an evening meal. Weekends experience much of the same, although going out with
friends (especially for the younger generation) and taking in a meal at a restaurant,
going to a bar, or watching a movie are also options, although few people partake
in these activities on a regular basis. More common is relaxing and socializing
or playing a sport like soccer (football).