Meals go on forever in Colombia. Each lunch and dinner has taken about two hours. Today, for example, we had a two hour breakfast, 2.5 hour lunch, and will have about a two hour dinner. That’s about seven hours of sitting in a restaurant for the day!
So much in this part of the world happens over food and drink.
Whereas in France and Spain and Europe in general I got frustrated with how long everything took (for waiters to arrive, food to come, etc) so far in Colombia I’ve enjoyed the leisurely pace.
I suppose if you’re eating at super nice restaurants with a large group of interesting people, a 3.5 hour dinner feels better than if you’re a solo backpacker on-the-go.