"I went to Barranquilla, Colombia, and used Jamie´s marriage agency, International Introductions. I wrote him and asked questions before heading down, and he answered every one very quickly and honestly. One thing about Jamie, he is very honest and doesn´t mess around. He is in the daily operations of the agency, unlike a lot of marriage agencies owners, who hire a few girls who speak English to run everything, usually into the ground, but we won´t go there right now. Some people have said on here that his Romance Tour is a little expensive, but I found them to be reasonable. I have no problem paying for good service, which he provides.
About the city, it´s warm, humid, but bearable, unless you are from Alaska. Maybe not as nice as Medellin, but I found the city to be very nice, clean and safe, unlike some of the other cities in Colombia, even Medellin has its bad areas, and some of the girls are very afraid to travel at night.
The girls are very beautiful, and in my opinion Barranquilla has the most diverse looking women in Colombia. They have girls who look like they are from Bogotá, Cali, and Medellin, kind of a mixture of all the cities rolled into one. Some very tall, white skinned, some very exotic with tan skin, like the girls from Cali, and some in between, like the girls from Medellin. The way Jamie has his meeting set up, which I thought it was a little strange and impersonal at first, but after trying it, decided it´s the best way to go. You pick about 20 to 30 girls before heading down. His office contacts every girl to view your profile, and then he sends you the list of girls who are interested. Of those girls who are interested, he sets up a meeting with about 3 to 7 girls at a gathering at a restaurant or hotel around a large table. At first, it´s a little nerve racking with 7 women, all very beautiful looking at you, asking you A LOT of questions, sort of like a job interview with HOT women as being your potential boss. You do get a good read of the girl´s personality with all the questions, and you narrow down the selection very quickly. How else can you meet 20 girls in one day???? It may sound strange, but his system does work. Try meeting 20 girls at another marriage agency in one or two days, good luck!!!!
In my opinion, International Introductions method is better, and if you haven´t tried it, don´t knock it until you have, because I did the same thing, but after trying it, I liked it a lot better."
"I went into Barranquilla with virtually no advance preparation. So I found Jamie´s office and decided to use his marriage agency, International Introductions. I spoke to Jamie on the phone. They snapped a picture of me and I later emailed him a profile. I returned to the office and met him in person and gave him a list of eight women. Of the eight, appointments were scheduled immediately with four of them: one was quite ill and wasn´t available for an appointment, one declined, two I don´t believe made it in the office to view my profile. So, out of the FIVE who viewed my profile, FOUR wanted to meet me. I was shocked that the response rate was so high, especially given the quality of the women. One of which was a woman who is featured on International Introductions site. I thought she wouldn´t be interested at all. It is important to emphasize that the women view your profile before agreeing to meet. It´s not like they are showing up blind expecting Mr. Brad Pitt or some star athlete. I was flattered and realized my market value was dramatically higher in Colombia than I had ever realized. There were no empty seats for me and these women had a variety of skin colors from quite dark to quite light.
Jamie runs a first class operation. I was impressed that he made the effort to accommodate me on short notice. I was impressed that he actually runs the place in a very hands-on manner; his translators were excellent and they seemed to really care. I would recommend him without hesitation. Although his business is geared more to the romance tours, he gave me the same attention he gives his more high-end clients. He made me feel welcomed and he encouraged me to select even more women, but I wanted to start with a small list. As the appointments started to role in I was overwhelmed and found it hard to even believe the level of interest, but it was true. This was not a dream. I only scratched the surface at Jamie´s agency. I could have tripled or quadrupled the number of women I could have met but something was happening that was transforming my life."
"I am having a great time. Jamie´s marriage agency, International-Introductions.com, continues to impress me. The two translators I have had from the agency have been nothing less than fantastic!
All of the women I have met, about 35 so far, were interested in me. I have dated about 10. Most women are devout Christian, or Catholic, and/or have strong religious convictions. I have met many wonderful women. I am seriously dating one right now, but we are both free to date other people.
Jamie is not only customer oriented, but he also impresses me as a smart guy. He was able to help me with the girl I am seriously dating to help her get vacation time where she works. This was critical in helping me spend time with this girl because she works 11 hours per day, 7 days a week, with only 2 Sundays free per month."
"Just wanted to take a moment to say "Hola"! The women in Barranquilla are incredibly beautiful. Even the ones that aren´t AS attractive as the others still look very (muy) sexy.
J-Lo and Eva Mendez (from "Hitch") would be just 2 more faces in the crowd down here.
I never knew a man´s head could turn 360 degrees, just like an owl :-)
I am working with Jamie´s marriage agency, and his staff is EXTREMELY hardworking, service oriented, detailed, and AVAILABLE to assist me with every aspect of my stay. Since I don´t speak Spanish, I require translation on a continual basis, and they have been great.
I have always said that you can go to a mall in any major city in America, and find MANY women as beautiful as any Hollywood actress. The difference in Barranquilla is that the MAJORITY of women you see ANYWHERE (walking down the street, waitresses and clerks in an internet cafe, customers in an internet cafe, women dining at the next table in the restaurant, etc.) are as beautiful as any Hollywood actress.
For those of you who have not yet been to Colombia (or elsewhere in Latin America), I highly encourage you to work overtime, cut back expenses, eat chicken soup every night for dinner, eliminate extra money on beer/cigarettes (life is healthier without that stuff anyway :-(, or whatever you need to do for a few months to generate the cash to get down here!"
"Hello all, this is my first trip report but it won´t be my last. I just went to Barranquilla from Easter Sunday until Mothers Day, exactly one month. I had been researching everything I could for month after month before going, thinking I was going to be pragmatic and use my usual slide rule approach to find a wife, lover, girlfriend, whatever NOT! I got involved writing to a female for ten weeks before going, pouring my heart out in letters and phone calls against the advice of Jamie from International Introductions, and I should have listened. Before I get to that I have to say, just getting to Barranquilla was quite the experience.
I met a nice Colombian woman on the plane and she helped me get through that and I knew from her wonderful disposition, things were going to be good once I got settled. Jamie had one of the translators and one of my "picks" come to get me at the airport. I liked both of them immediately, not to mention the taxi driver; he was a great asset to me during the weeks of my stay. I´ll explain that later. We drove to Pradomar, the condo complex where I would be staying. I have to tell you this place was the "cats meow" of apartments. Fit for a King. I had a three bedroom apartment on the top floor overlooking the ocean, all furnished, ready to go. A real bachelor´s pad and every woman I took there loved it. I got settled and was having a nice time with my first "date" and thought to myself, this "girl" is only twenty five years old, I´m fifty one and she didn´t seem to notice that. Maybe this trip is going to be fun after all I thought. I spent the remainder of that day with her then later meeting women, some in a group setting and some individually. My translator seemed to be "on my side" and I immediately took to her, she turned out to be a great, great asset. These translators are much more than that, if you have a good one. They can read these women and keep you from getting involved with the wrong women. So be it, nothing is perfect, and I didn´t know what these women would be like, heck I only know American women, what good does that do me here? She was a great help to me.
The next day was busy, busy, busy. Meeting women all day, in groups and individually. By the end of the day, there was no shortage of fine women to call again for dates through the coming two weeks. (I originally booked for two weeks only and that was a longer stay than most do, after the end of the second week, I extended my stay for another two weeks and I´ll get to that in a minute). All of the women I met wanted to know if I was interested in seeing them again, all but maybe one or two. I wanted to hold back my answer because the woman I had been writing to for ten weeks was supposed to be meeting me in two days here. So I just said I would answer them in a day or so. This is where my mistakes began, this was mistake number one.
On the third day, I met the woman I had been corresponding with for ten weeks and thought before she came I would immediately love her, and her me. NOT, NOT, NOT. BIG, BIG mistake right from the beginning and Jamie warned me REPEATEDLY not to continue writing to this woman so much before meeting her. I really set my self up for this fall and after three days she was on her way back home. To say that this deflated me and hurt was an understatement. My expectations were WAY too high for her and I have no one to blame but myself. I believe in certain things though and somehow I thought something good would come out of this. I was not concerned about the money I spent on her or anything materialistic, but I was feeling rather hurt and right in the beginning of my visit, I thought this might just ruin this trip for me. They say writing ALMOST NEVER works, maybe once in a very few times, but for the most part, this is what happens. Expectations are just too high and the truth is, no one can predict chemistry, NO ONE.
I spent one day sulking around and reviewing what I thought I could have done better and thinking about how to shake this off and you must know what occurred to me right? Yep, just move on, the company of a new Colombian woman is the exact medicine needed at a time like this. So I started to call on the women I had met and started to see them as I could and when I could usually several a day in "shifts" to get a feel for what they are like individually. Toward the end of the first week, I met what I thought was an outstanding Colombian woman who I was just taken with. She was not the most attractive of the women I had met, not by a long shot, but she had a quality about her personality that just caught and kept my attention. She managed to remove whatever pain I was feeling over the first one in about ONE DAY, I figured that was a good sign. Well, here is where I begin to make mistake after mistake. Hey, let me tell you something, if you´re not making mistakes, YOUR NOT DOING ANYTHING.
I spent every day with her, all day and evening for the next week and although I enjoyed every minute of it, beyond what I can express to you and would not have done this any differently, it was in the end a mistake to do that. Learn from what I am telling you. You can and will become overwhelmed with emotion going down there. After being with the American women in the USA, you go to Colombia and are confronted with all these beautiful and forward women who actually want to be with you, for who and what you are, it is daunting. You can and do get swept up in your emotions, at least I did. I just felt like I was loving this woman and wanted it to continue. I have to honestly say that during this week with her was heaven on earth, we had the most beautiful apartment to be in, she spoke just enough English so that I could let the translator go home more often, (another BIG mistake), and we just loved each other to our hearts content. I actually thought she "was the one."
All this time everywhere we went we used the same taxi driver and that turned out to be a big asset he got to observe the interactions of the women with me who I met in the beginning and then the woman who I had been writing to, and then this one who "replaced" her. He knew the score, as a man, watching the interaction of them with me, he knew who was sincere and who wasn´t. So did my translator, but the driver was truly more experienced in these matters. He warned me about the first one the day she arrived, but I would not hear him, I had my mind set on her, foolish boy that I can be. Then later he warned me about this one who replaced the first, saying she is not sincere at all and is just playing you, after all, he drove her home every night, sometimes without me, so he must have talked to her about something right? Would I listen? NO. Foolish boy that I am.
So my time at Pradomar apartment had run out and another man was booked so I had to move on. So now I have two weeks on my hands more or less and I am stupid enough to keep seeing her on and off so I fill in by going back and meeting with the women I met in the first place, which is what I should have done to begin with. Foolish boy that I am. Of course, they all want to know, "where have you been for two weeks."
Of the other women I saw, four "survived" the cut so to speak with two my favorite choices.
There is definitely an UP and a DOWN side to this endeavor. The women are priceless, that I am certain of and like none you will ever find in the USA.
I see things I did not see before I went, and isn´t that the purpose of trying and making mistakes in the first place, to refine the approach and get a realistic view of what we are facing in this quest? I think I see the answer, but some of you may not like my opinion. Yes I am a rookie, and yes this was my first trip, but that gives me a huge edge over someone who has not made that first trip yet. Getting your heart broken at age FIFTY ONE, TWICE IN TWO WEEKS isn´t fun my friends, but it does teach you things in a big hurry because that protection mechanism kicks in and you begin to see things for what they are and not what you might want them to be. Is it possible to go there, any country for that matter, and find love, absolutely, yes. But then what do you do?
Whatever I have missed, or whatever you would like to know, just ask and I will try to answer you objectively. I am a rookie, this was my first trip, I have been doing my homework, I got my heart broke twice, I have been "in the trenches". I feel I have the right to say something; I DO have SOME experience now. I would be remiss if I did not say something about Jamie from International Introductions. He is a good man, a fair man, and someone who will give you advice and information, if you will listen to it! I didn´t and now I will. There is no way for you to know what marriage agency operators are good and which are bad, this one is good, the others I can not vouch for.
In closing I have to say, I would not undue any of what I have done. I felt more alive in the four weeks I was there than in the previous twenty years. I loved each of the women in my own way and if I had to be forced to make a choice of which one of them for whatever reason, to be a wife or life partner, the choice would be IMPOSSIBLE. Not hard, but impossible. They are all beautiful and loving in their own way. I thank God every day that places like Colombia exist and now I am on a mission to see more of the world and these magnificent creatures."
"Here is my trip report! I have been back from my trip to Barranquilla for over five weeks. When I think about my trip in general, I have good thoughts! First, I used International Introductions to aid me in my search to find a wife. I choose this marriage agency because Jamie the owner said he thought he could introduce me to evangelical Christians. I wanted to use a marriage agency that would only introduce me to women who had similar core beliefs. Before my trip I paid Jamie to test the waters to see if he could find evangelical Christians. He sent my profile to women on his agency´s web site and showed my profile to people at evangelical churches. First, Jamie sent my profile to women on his web site. This resulted in over ten women interested in corresponding. I wrote to the women who I liked. Most of the women interested in corresponding were Catholic. If they were Catholic, I told them about my desire to marry an evangelical Christian, and if they were interested in my friendship, they would have to convert. The second thing Jamie did to test the waters was investigate if he could find anyone from the evangelical churches interested in meeting me. His search lasted for three months and it did not bear much fruit. So I knew before my trip that Jamie was going to have a hard time finding quality evangelical Christian women.
While Jamie was searching at evangelical churches, I communicated with three women from his web site. I mainly communicated by writing emails. This took a lot of time and energy since I do not know Spanish. I used electronic translators to do most of my translations. If a letter was really important, I would have Jamie translate it for me. Also, I talked to two of the women on the phone using one of Jamie´s translators. I really learned a lot about the women from Barranquilla during these phone calls! Jamie´s translation services are outstanding!!!!!
After I went through Colombian customs, (Translator) and her friend from the marriage agency picked me up at the airport. The ride from the airport to my apartment was eye opening. I have never been on a road with donkey drawn carts, cars, buses, taxis, bicycles, and people. I wanted to just look out the window, but since I was with (Translator) and her friend, I talked with them.
My first appointment was a dinner date with one of the ladies I wrote to before the trip who was from Jamie´s marriage agency. I´ll call her lady one. I was really excited about our friendship, and I was looking forward to meeting her! I enjoyed meeting her, but during our time together she was paralyzed by her fears. Her fears ruined the whole night!
The marriage agency introduced me to five women. I met each woman individually. During the introductions, I tried to learn important things about the women, and I shared about myself. To help me share about myself I had pictures of my church, family, friends, and personal interests. The pictures really helped me share my life and relax the women. Most of the women I met were new to the agency. I was the first person they had ever meet in this type of situation. Almost everyone I met was skeptical about me! It took about thirty minutes to help the women feel comfortable. After meeting the five women, I liked many as friends, but I could not see any as my wife. The women were very pretty and nice! I have great thoughts about many of the women I met.
That night I had another dinner date with a lady I wrote to before the trip. I will call her lady two. This lady and I emailed each other two to six times a week for four months. Before this date I was very tired because of the hot weather and high humidity! This date went well!!! My friend was confident and excited to see me. We had fun together, even though some of our discussions where very deep.
The agency introduced me to five more women. This day the women were more relaxed. I had a good time meeting some very special women. By the end of the day there was one woman I really liked. This lady said she would call me the next day to set up another date. I will call her lady three.
Now my introductions through the agency were over. I had two friendships I wanted to pursue, and one friendship I wanted to give a second chance. Here are some thoughts from the introductions. (Translator) was my translator for the introductions. She was an awesome translator and fun to be around!!! For many of the women I meet, I had to work very hard to have a conversation. It seemed that the more educated the woman the easier it was to hold a conversation. I had a small personal photo album to help me share my life with the women. This really helped my ability to communicate.
My translators and I went to a evangelical church service. This was fun since the people at the church were energetic. In the afternoon I rested. Then had dinner with lady one. I was hoping she would relax, but again her fears controlled her.The hardest part about this day was lady three never called to set up another date. Not a good sign!
Day Five: I wanted to go home!!! Things were not looking good. One of the ladies I liked was a nervous wreck, the other girl was considered bad news, and the last girl never called me back. Most of the people I meet were not very friendly. I was hot as hell. This was my first real vacation from work in ten years. There was no good reason to stay in Barranquilla!!!!!
With God´s strength I tried to be positive!!! I meet with the nervous lady to tell her our friendship would never be more then friends and I asked my translator to call the bad news lady to set up a date.
Lady two and I went to dinner. We had a great time together. Again we had fun and talked about deep topics. The highlight of this day was learning that lady three was still interested in seeing me, but she needed to get permission from her pastor first. She said she would call back after talking with her pastor.
I visited lady number two at her work. We had a blast! She gave me a gift, and took me on a business trip. Seeing her work was impressive! That night I went to a evangelical church meeting. At the meeting the leader asked me to tell who I was and why I came to Colombia. I told the group who I was and why I came to Colombia. After the meeting, people came up to me and said they would pray for me. The main event this day was making dinner for lady two. I invited her over for stuffed pizza. We had a great time eating pizza and talking!
Lady three calls to say her pastor would let us see each other. This was great news, so we decided to meet at her church that night. Before meeting lady three, I visited with lady two at her work. We had a wonderful time being with each other. Lady two is a lot of fun! Then I left lady two to have dinner at my translator family restaurant. Her family was very nice to me!!! They served me a great Colombian meal. I love Colombian food, especially the garlic sauce! At night I met with lady three at her church. While I was waiting for lady three to arrive, a lady I met during my introductions walked up to me. I liked this lady a lot, but I could not see her as my wife. This lady really liked me! I didn´t know what to do since I would be seeing my date any minute. Somehow things worked out, and there was not a real awkward situation. I had a great time with lady three. After her church service, went for dinner and ice cream. She is a bundle of joy!!!!
I visited lady three at her work during lunch. We had a great time together! Note - Many women get two hours off for lunch, which is plenty of time for a date. Then I went to the beach with lady two. This was a special time! We enjoyed each others company! At the beach we played in the ocean, ate dinner, and relaxed under a little hut. That night, lady number two and I hung out at my apartment. We talked about life issues.e at her work during lunch. We had a great time together! Note - Many women get two hours off for lunch, which is plenty of time for a date. Then I went to the beach with lady two. This was a special time! We enjoyed each others company! At the beach we played in the ocean, ate dinner, and relaxed under a little hut. That night, lady number two and I hung out at my apartment. We talked about life issues.
In the morning I went to a evangelical church. After church, lady two took me to her church and showed me many of her favorite spots. Then we ate lunch. That night lady two and I ate dinner at a hot dog stand. This was the best hot dog I have ever eaten. Then we had another life issues talk.
Had lunch with lady two. She had two hour for lunch, so that was a lot of time to hang out. We had a good time goofing around. That night I made dinner for lady three. She had a great time! I really liked her. I was amazed at how much she can eat for being so slim! I was full, but she wanted to keep eating.
I took lady two to the mall for dinner and a movie. She gave me another gift. I am humbled by her gifts! Up to this point, she has given me gifts valued at more than half her weekly salary. Our meal was good, and we had a good time at the movies.
Lady three and I met for lunch. She really wanted me to have a Colombian meal. That afternoon, I visited lady two at her work. She really knew how to make me feel comfortable at her work place! At night I had dinner with lady one. I really wish she was not so nervous. I liked being with her!
The day started by visiting lady number three´s pastor. He wanted to meet me. I told him why I came to Colombia, what I was looking for in a wife, and the spiritual mission God has given me in life. He was very nice, and said that if things did not work out with lady three, he would introduce me to anyone I wanted to meet in his church. Next, the agency introduced me to another lady. She was nice, but I was not interested in her. That night I went to lady number two´s church. I was the guest speaker at her church´s youth group. For me this was one of the high lights of the trip. These kids were very special!!! I am use to spoiled kids with an attitude. These kids were looking to God for their strength to live life. Also, I saw lady number two loving the kids, and the kids loving her. This night had a major impact on my life! After the youth group meeting, lady two introduced me to her priest. Her priest spent over one hour telling me about his church.
I had lunch with lady two at my apartment. This was relaxing and fun. Also, we were able to talk about the night before at her church. Lady number two is starting to get anxious about our friendship. She knows I am still seeing other women, and this is starting to get to her. Up until now she was cool about everything. After lunch my translator introduced me to one of her neighbor´s friends. This lady knew English, which made our conversation very enjoyable. At the beginning of our time together, this lady told me that she had friends she wanted to introduce me to. I enjoyed talking to this lady!
That night I went with lady three on a Chiva. From the first time we meet, lady three wanted to go on the Chiva! The Chiva is a party bus that has a band in the back, and it stops at different clubs during the night. We had a great time!
I spent the day with lady two. We started our time together by going to the beach. Again we had a wonderful time! Then we went to the mall to play arcade games. This was a lot of fun! After the arcade, we went for ice cream. We ended our day by talking at my apartment. This day was fun and serious.
Lady two and I go to church in the morning. After church we have lunch together. During lunch we continue to talk about life issues. Things are going really well until the last thirty minute of our date. Lady two knows we will meet again for dinner, but the fact that I am still seeing someone during the afternoon makes her very anxious. She starts telling me her deep feelings for me and how she will be very upset if our relationship does not work out. Now I am confused!!! My afternoon date with lady three was a train ride to the ocean. We had a good time on this trip. At the end of the trip we promise to write to each other. At night I had dinner with lady number two. I really wanted to ask her to be my girlfriend, but, because of the confusion created in my mind at lunch, I was not able to do this. The positive thing was we were able to talk through our relationship during dinner. Now we were both comfortable and relaxed in our relationship!
At 6:00 a.m. my doorbell rings. It was lady two. I was very excited to see her. She helped me finish packing and at 6:45 we left for the airport with my translator. I was thankful she was going to the airport with me. I have to admit I had a hard time leaving her, but I was looking forward to being in a country where I was free!
I am back from seeing my girlfriend for are eighteen days in Barranquilla. This was my second trip to Barranquilla, and my focus was to spend all my time with my girlfriend. We had a wonderful time learning about each other!!!!!!!! In my last trip report I went to Barranquilla to meet evangelical Christian woman. I came back with two friends. After three weeks of writing emails, I asked lady number two to be my girlfriend.
My latest trip is full of great memories. Also, my trip had some challenging times. Overall I am very excited about my girlfriend, and the direction our relationship is going.
Another high light was meeting my girlfriend´s family and friends. They had many great stories about her. They were very honest about her and also told me her strengths and weaknesses. By watching the way she interacted with her family and friends, I learned she is very special.
During my time in Barranquilla, we spent three days in Cartagena. This was a great time!!!!!!! Many of the things we did in Cartagena were things my girlfriend never experienced. She had a glow on her face the whole time we were in Cartagena!!!! This was worth the cost of the trip. We left Cartagena very close and comfortable in our relationship.
Many people helped make this trip successful. I am blessed to have so many great friends!!!!!! Jamie from International Introductions and his staff helped me while I was in Barranquilla. Everyone was wonderful!!!!!!!!!! Our translator was awesome!!!!! She knows both of us very well, which helped create a very productive environment. I thankful for all my friends who gave me tips and advice. I am humbled by all the helpful people on this board and the other boards who have emailed, called and shared their advice. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!
My fiancée came to New England on April 2 from Barranquilla. She stayed with a family that has three children for six weeks until we got married. On May 19th we got married with my parents and the family my fiancée lived with. Now we are planning a marriage ceremony for family and friends. We are very happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There are many things that I can say. First, having a wife that has the same core values is wonderful. The things we value are keeping us together. My wife´s convictions are stronger then mine. Second, my wife expects me to lead. This is something I try to do, but I have a lot to learn.
I hope you enjoyed reading my report!!!! Have a great day, and my God bless you in your search."
"Yes, I am Ecstatically Married! I spent 41 days in Barranquilla, Colombia on my first trip, from April 2005 - May 2005. Being a devout Christian (and preacher) I had told the marriage agency owner, Jamie, that I wanted to meet only devout Christian women (Non-Catholic or Catholic), which posed a challenge for him that he did a pretty good job of meeting. This information of course was in my profile, so the women had a chance to screen me, just as I was screening them.
I sent him a list of 300 women from his website that I wanted to meet; expecting that only about 10% of them would claim to be devout Christians AND want to meet me. Jamie thought the ratio would be higher, but I was about right.
During this time I met 39 women through the "International Introductions" marriage agency. By "meeting", this means that I had the opportunity to sit down with these women for at least an hour, sometimes one-on-one, and sometimes in groups of 3 to 7 women, to get to know a little about each other to decide whether or not we had a mutual interest in dating. I dated 10 women in total, 5 of which I considered seriously as wife candidates.
I made a subsequent, 5-day trip over Memorial Day weekend to spend time with Girl # 39. A short time after arriving back in the USA. Despite our strong attraction and feelings for each other, it was apparent to me that a relationship with her just would not work, love just shouldn´t be that hard.
I was now back in the USA, so my first contact with lady # 40 was over the phone. I prefer to meet women in person, so I was reluctant to initiate a contact over the phone. I definitely was not prepared for what was about to happen.
I will never forget the first day, date, and time I talked with my wife-to-be on the phone. It was Sunday, 7/10/2005 at 7:30 PM, with the help of an agency translator. We fell in love instantly over the phone. Of course we both had the opportunity to review each other´s photos and informational profiles before deciding if we wanted to contact each other. Previous to talking to her, I wasn´t planning to return to Barranquilla for another 3 months, (i.e. October 2005) to visit a "girlfriend" (Girl # 38), for which it was understood that we were both free to date other people. Although Girl # 38 was crazy about me, my excitement level for her just wasn´t high enough to warrant traveling another 3,000 miles prior to October.
However after talking to the woman who would become my wife on a daily basis, I found myself greeting her in the airport in Barranquilla within 2 weeks of our initial phone conversation! Unlike any woman I have ever dated in the USA or Colombia, being with her was effortless. Of course since then, I´ve seen that she is definitely NOT perfect, she´s ONLY an angel :-)
Two days after our first phone conversation, she wrote me the most beautiful letter I had ever received. I have been writing professional quality love songs since age 12, so I am used to impressing women with romantic lyrics, poems, etc. However, I have never received anything on the poetic level that "this woman" (my wife to be), put together. To this day, she surprises me with impromptu poetic words and thoughts that once seemed like I could only give, but never receive.
After the magnetic attraction, and intoxicating chemistry was a foregone conclusion. We did a lot of preparation prior to marriage to get to know each other better. We used resources such as www.MarriageBuilders.com (Emotional Needs Questionnaire&), books by the same author (Willard Harley), and we asked each other a lot of questions (75-100) from a book called "Don´t You Dare Get Married Until You Read This". I used the book as a guide and tailored most of the questions to our situation.
A happy (ecstatic) marriage, like anything else we want to be good at in life, including making money, golf, careers, sports, etc., requires preparation, practice, and asking the right questions both in the beginning and as we go along. Unfortunately most of us put much more detail in planning our weddings than our marriages. (I know, since I did it without proper preparation once before.)
I married my Colombian Queen on the beach at Pradomar Hotel in Barranquilla, on 1/21/2006, against the backdrop of the Caribbean Sea. She wanted to get married on the beach because she said her love for me "is as big as the sea". Awwwww shucks! :-)
Thanks to all those who have shared their experiences and advice in an effort to help others on the Latin wife search. My prayers and best wishes for all those still searching for wives, and for the continued success of those already married.
TE AMO MI ESPOSA !!!"
"Hello guys. I apologize for the time that it took me to write this trip report, but it really couldn´t be helped. I admit that it was tough getting back into the groove of things with returning to work and returning to my current project, seeing my kids, seeing family and friends and informing them about my trip and pictures, and feeling a little under-the-weather after returning home. Anyway prior to planning my trip south, I spent time researching this site; emailing a few people that have been there; and talking to a friend that turned me on to the Colombian experience. I want to thank all the people that extended time to talk to me and email me regarding their experience in Colombia.
Remember guys that these are my own personal experiences and I am telling it from the way that I saw things from my eyes. If anyone gets offended in any way, shape, or form it is not my intention. My intention is to give my accurate thought process as I was going through the experiences. So with that said, here goes.
The marriage agency that I decided to use was Latin-wife.com. After speaking to Jamie and others that have used the agency in one form or another, I felt comfortable in this selection. I know that many guys debated writing to women prior to going down, and I took everyone´s advice to heart. Jamie and others informed me that there was no benefit to writing the women prior to going down, which I tend to agree with. I am the type of person that likes to explore all options, so I decided to write a few women to see what was up. I began researching and book marking women back in October or November of last year from the site. I chose the Discover Exotic Latin Women Interested In You. I chose 30 women from the site. I had a couple women express interest, but then they later changed their minds. Jamie explained to me that he thought that was strange, but he removed their profiles from his website. They tell you that the process takes about 5 weeks to get responses from everyone. You get an excel spreadsheet list periodically throughout the 5 weeks with the women interested and their email addresses. You receive 5 email translations with this service. I spoke through email and on the phone with Jamie a couple of times throughout the process, which was initiated by Jamie. He informed me that my response rate wasn´t good or typical. The way the process works is the agency informs the girls that they have email, and the agency checks to see if they plan to write you back. He even informed me regarding the women that claimed interest but didn´t write as they stated they would. He would also inform me if he thought that they were interested or not based upon their actions. I finally began writing to someone that showed a lot of interest. After writing two letters, her third letter was very short. Jamie informed me that she had met someone about a week earlier. Although I had a few others that showed interest, I decided that wasn´t the route for me. After debating for a few weeks, I decided to bite the bullet and just go down. I think that out of the 30 women I selected plus about 5 additional that Jamie gave me, I had less than 10 show interest. Needless to say, I was very skeptical about heading south and using this method. I decided that I would add the women that showed interest to my list instead of writing anyone else.
I then inquired about coming in March, but Jamie suggested I come in April. He had someone in mind that he wanted to work with me. So I locked everything down and arranged for my ticket. The agency asks you for an objective criteria of the type of woman that you would like to meet. They also ask you to submit the women that you would be interested in meeting picked from the website. Over the next few weeks I would check the site weekly and submit the numbers of women that I wanted to meet. Jamie and I exchanged phone calls a few times to touch base. He also informed me that I would be staying in a condo that was overlooking the ocean, it was gated, the area was safe to walk, and the beach was one of the nicest in Barranquilla. I was skeptical, so I just took a wait and see attitude.
I arrived at Barranquilla´s airport. I went through customs in about 20-30 minutes. I waited, and waited, and waited for my luggage to come off. I was thinking "Isn´t this a bitch, I knew they were going to lose my luggage". After what seemed like minutes and hundreds of people later, my luggage finally came down. I guess first on, last off. I grabbed my luggage and realized that I didn´t know who I was looking for. Jamie just told me my translator/assistant´s name was (Translator), and that she was Caucasian looking. Once I got my luggage, getting out was very easy. No one bothered me or asked me any questions. When I got outside, I was a little concerned about finding my party. There were so many people and taxis. Once again I began thinking "This was such a bad idea and telling myself you do some pretty [snip] up things sometimes". Then I hear my name. It was (Translator) and (Latin Woman 1), who was the first lady I was meeting. Needless to say I was feeling much better and much more positive. (Translator) introduced me to (Latin Woman 1) and the taxi driver. He got my luggage and we headed for the condo in Pradomar. The ride was about 30 minutes. The first thing I realized is that Colombia was much more developed than the Dominican. It was a bona fide city. We all chatted on the way back to the condo. (Latin Woman 1) told me about herself and I told her about me. I was so skeptical of the translation process at first, but it was going great. (Translator) was getting the punch lines in the translations, so I was feeling muy bien at this stage of the game.
My flight landed about 4:30pm. We arrived at the condo about 5:45pm. Barranquilla doesn´t observe daylight savings time, thus they were an hour behind Ohio. Jamie was at the condo when I arrived. The condo has a gate where an armed guard lets you in. (Translator) gave me the keys to the condo, and we headed upstairs to where we met Jamie. He gave me a quick tour of the condo. The condo was very nice. He showed me how to work the A/C and informed me that I had a group introduction in less than an hour. So I cleaned up and was ready for the introduction.
The taxi driver drove us to my first intro, which was at a very nice Italian restaurant called "La Dolce Vita". If you like fine places to dine with great character and excellent food, fellas please check out this spot. It is owned by a little, wonderful Italian lady (I believe Rosa is her name) and her Colombian husband. They met in New York. Her Spanish seemed a little better than her English, but she made me feel so much at home. It was so cute how her husband was always correcting her English. Anyway I was led to this little room where I met other ladies that worked for Jamie´s marriage agency. They were there taking photos of the introduction and assisting us with the introductions. Everything was so well-organized and planned. It honestly felt like I was some type of star with the bulbs flashing and everyone catering to me. There were about 7-10 women in this room. Throughout the introductions, I think about 5 more women came during the introductions. They served appetizers and drinks. The drink was good, but I then realized that dummy you are drinking a drink made from the water. I was thirsty answering and asking all those questions. So I sipped just enough to quench my thirst. I was just praying that I didn´t run into problems, especially with all these fine women here. That would be very embarrassing.
After about an hour and half of talking to these women, I was told to say my goodbyes since my dinner date G was here. I was asked if there was anyone in the group that caught my eye or who I wanted to see again. There were definitely two women that stood out (Latin Woman 2) and (Latin Woman 3). I remembered (Latin Woman 2) from the website and she was gorgeous in person. She was one of the women that showed interest, but I didn´t write her. (Latin Woman 4) my dinner date was beautiful and we had wine and dinner until about 11:30 pm that evening. Taxi driver came to pick us up and they all drove me back to my condo which was around 12:30pm.
I was picked up between 9 and 9:30 am en route to the Dann Carlton for a breakfast date. I was still thinking about (Latin Woman 2, (Latin Woman 3), and (Latin Woman 4) from the previous evening. The breakfast was uneventful, although (Latin Woman 5) was well-built and attractive. I just didn´t feel any chemistry. We broke about 11 am, and we headed to lunch at a Chinese restaurant where I had another group meeting with about 4 women. During the meeting about 3 more women came. The hottest woman in the group was either 18 or 21. The best personality in the group and the hottest body was about 23, but she loved animals and had way too many pets. Although I like animals, I am not trying to raise an animal farm. The meeting was pretty uneventful. I was asked if there was any one that I wanted to see again. I guess the women are so hard to get in contact with, so it was suggested to me that we setup meetings with the women while they are in our presence.
After about an hour or so, my lunch date (Latin Woman 6) arrived. (Latin Woman 6) arrived pretty casual, but she immediately caught my eye. She was one of my selections, but I didn´t remember her. We hit it off well, but I didn´t really get the impression of how she was feeling me. My (Translator) felt that she wasn´t really interested, but she admitted that maybe she was just real shy.
At about 6pm, we headed for another group meeting at another nice restaurant. This group meeting had more faces that I recognized from the website. This was another meeting with about 7-12 women. There was one girl who just wanted to party in group, which I found out about a little later. If time wasn´t so short, I may have taken her up on the offer. There was one person that spoke English pretty good from the group. She actually asked her question in English. Since I was so used to hearing Spanish, I totally didn´t realize that she was speaking English. I turned to the (Translator), and she asked if I was going to answer her. She told me that she asked the question in English. I felt so stupid, and I had to ask her to repeat the question. This actually happened at least twice during my stay.
(Latin Woman 4) was my first dinner date from a previous introduction. I said my goodbyes to the ladies and thanked them for coming. I then sat down for a couple of hours to talk to (Latin Woman 3). (Latin Woman 3) and I were making good eye contact from the previous evening. She mentioned that she was supposed to be working on a report, but she left work early in order to see me again. After seeing her a second time, I was really attracted to her. We made plans to get together Monday around 6:00 pm, since she had to work late Saturday and she also worked Sunday. Once again (Latin Woman 3), my translator, and Taxi driver drove me back to the condo around 12:30 am.
This day began with breakfast again at the Dann Carlton with (Latin Woman 7) at about 9:30am, who was one of the ladies that I met at lunch in the Chinese restaurant. The breakfast was uneventful, and I didn´t find myself to be as attracted to her the second time around. She was however very good company and we talked and laughed.I had a brunch and group introduction at an Arabic restaurant with about 4 women. This was uneventful. This was followed by lunch with (Latin Woman 8) from this group introduction. She was attractive, but got on my nerves because she was so evasive in her answers. She apparently studied psychology, and I guess she figured that she could psycho-analyze me. She was really, really irritating. My (Translator) felt the same way. After we ate lunch, I was just interested in getting the hell out of there.
The evening was followed by spending a few hours with (Latin Woman 4) at the mall. We then called and picked up (Latin Woman 2) and headed back to La Dolce Vita restaurant. It was much busier than the first time, but they accommodated us with a totally private and personal area. Rosa came back to welcome us and to just say hello. I can´t say enough how wonderful I thought that Rosa was. She was one of my most favorite people that I met during my stay in Colombia. After dinner I made another date with (Latin Woman 2) for Sunday, and we drove her back home.
I had breakfast with (Latin Woman 3) from a previous meeting. (Latin Woman 3)´s family was originally from Medellin. She was total wife material from my impression and conversation with her. Although she was about 24, her parents were within a couple years of my age. I felt that she was digging me. I had an attraction to her, but it wasnt the type of chemistry that I was looking for. I think I just really liked who she was as a person.
We headed across the street to the mall. My (Translator) told me that we had our last introduction today, and that from there it was my responsibility to decide who I wanted to spend time with. She told me they recommended that I not spend all my time with just one person a day. The suggested that I have at least two dates a day.
I headed for the final group introduction brunch. This introduction was with about 7 women. By this time, I was really wearing down with the introductions and didn´t really give a damn at this point. I told myself to suck it up like a man and be polite to these ladies. There wasn´t really anyone that I was feeling in this group. There were a few fine ladies in this group, but most of them were between the ages of 18 and 22. So I considered this introduction to be uneventful. I was asked if there was anyone that I wanted to see again. I chose one but she wasn´t interested. I was actually having dinner with her sister later that evening.
I told my translator that there was only two, possibly three, people that I was interested in dating for the remainder of my time. We called (Latin Woman 2) again and we headed for lunch at a monastery, but the monastery was closed. We decided to go to the Pradomar Hotel for a late lunch on the beach. They had a nice Reggae Bar on the beach. The owner greeted us and asked where we wanted to sit. He also asked if we minded the music. The music was Reggae, so I was totally cool with it. (Latin Woman 2) wanted to sit closer to the beach so we did. We ate and talked for about 3 or 4 hours. We then walked back to the condo, which was about a 15 minute walk. (Latin Woman 2) and I talked and interacted at the condo, while my translator was checking in with the office. My dinner date called to cancel, so we asked (Latin Woman 2) if she wanted to stay and she replied yes. We spent the next several hours just talking and getting to know one another. My translator called for a taxi to take them home around 11:30 pm.
This was the first day that I didn´t have to get up early, so I planned to just enjoy my time relaxing around the condo. My (Translator) called me about 9am, and told me that (Latin Woman 4) called her and wanted to bring her friends by to see me. Since I didn´t have anything until around 1pm, I agreed. (Latin Woman 4) shows up with her 4 young friends, and they took some pictures of me and Latin Woman 4 with their camera phones. I then took some pictures of them. They inquired about going swimming, but they didn´t have their bathing suits. They asked the guard if they could swim in their underwear. The guard came up to check them out, and he said that it was okay. So I spent the morning swimming with 4 pretty hot young ladies.
The rest of the week was spent with (Latin Woman 2), (Latin Woman 3), and (Latin Woman 6). (Latin Woman 2) and I went to the movies (Vidas Cruzadas, which was Crash). She wanted to see Ice Age 2, but the movie was in Spanish for the kids. Most feature movies are in English with Spanish subtitles. This was the night that I got a slight temperature. I think it was my sinuses acting up with the constant change in temperatures with A/C and the humid air in Barranquilla. (Latin Woman 2) wanted to see me before I left, so we had a night cap at Barranquilla Hotel the night before I left.
(Latin Woman 3) and I spent some time at the condo on Tuesday, but she had to work a lot so our time was very limited. Since she was going to be off Friday and she seemed that she wanted to spent time with me prior to my leaving Saturday, I decided to spend the day with her in Cartagena on Friday. I had a great time in Cartagena. Cartagena was much hotter than Barranquilla. There was always a nice breeze that kept the temps very nice while I was there. The wind from the ocean blew very strongly through the condo, which was very nice.
(Latin Woman 6) and I spent time at City Park, an arcade in the top of the mall, for a few hours. We went to Las Flores, where the ocean meets the Magdalena River. This is the night we took this broke-down little train that trapped us in the pitch black dark night. We were stuck on this strip of land between the river on one side and the ocean on the other. You could literally take two or three hops from water to water on each side. Needless to say, this was probably my worst night of the trip. I also spent Thursday morning with (Latin Woman 9), someone from the first introduction, just swimming and having conversation. Since she spoke English, we were totally on our own.
My translator and I had ample time to discuss my opinions for each woman that interested me. She told me that you typically either ask someone to be your girlfriend or you select a couple of girls to remain in contact with after you leave. Jamie explained to me that I was unusual because I didn't spend most of my time with one person who just did it for me after the first 3 days. For me there were two ladies that I had a strong attraction to. They didnt want to rush and neither did I. I decided to remain in contact with two ladies, (Latin Woman 2) and (Latin Woman 3). They represent two different personalities. (Latin Woman 2) is career-oriented and we have a lot in common. We laughed together the whole time, and she was so sweet and understanding. (Latin Woman 3) is more shy and more the housewife type. She enjoys her work, but told me that she preferred to stay home and care for her family.
Overall the experience was wonderful. I really enjoyed the country, the ladies, and the people in general, the accommodations, and my (Translator). I would highly recommend the marriage agency. Jamie has been very honest in my dealings with him. Some people think that his price is too high, but I felt that it was well worth it for the service I received. If you can´t afford his price, then I suggest looking elsewhere. The women are gorgeous in Barranquilla. A lot of the women were heavier than their pictures, but they looked great in jeans. I saw some of the most average or below-average looking men with some of the finest women. When you sit and watch the women in the mall, you will see so many stars. I am too convinced that I can find my next bride in Colombia. Although some women have their preference in men, I found the majority of women just looking for a good man regardless of race. I had an excellent time. I somewhat wasn´t ready to leave, and I definitely plan to return in the very near future. I also feel that my response was much better, when the women knew that I was coming down. There were even a few that asked to meet me while I was down there. I also wish that I could have stayed maybe an extra week. I would definitely suggest staying for as long as your schedule and bank account will allow."
"Finally Got It Right!! As the title infers, after all my well intentioned trials and ERRORS, I did finally get it right. In May I began checking out Jamie´s "inventory" at Latin-Wife.com. We all do it but I will shamelessly admit to it. I was "shopping" for my next wife. I wanted a younger one, 28-32 (I´m 42), petite, 5´-´4", 100-110#, light skin, black hair. I would send Jamie my lists as he continued to add new women daily. About 2 weeks before my trip on June 15 I contacted Jamie to see how many of the 60 girls I had selected wanted to meet me. Jamie was concerned. He told me only 5 of my top 30 wanted to meet me. Now I was concerned and said I could wait to come if he didn´t feel he could provide the service at this time. He thought new pictures might help but they didn´t. I´m not positive about this but I think Jamie´s practice is to send your pictures and profile to your selections only and let them choose whether they want to meet you or not. In my case I believe my profile and pictures were sent to everyone because he later e-mailed me a list of 20 women who were interested in meeting me. I elected to meet 8 of them. It is interesting to note my ex wife´s roommate was one of the girls who wanted to date me. She knew me well from my previous 3 trips. Before leaving for Barranquilla, I asked Jamie if he was confident he said he was. I know he worked hard to deliver for me.
I arrived on June 15 and was met at the airport by one of Jamie´s translators and one of my top picks. I knew instantly there was no interest and she told me she didn´t like cold weather. I live in Ohio. Within an hour I was at my first group meeting with 6 women and there SHE was! From the first second our eyes met there was an instant chemistry I had never experienced before. My friend Sean who writes here had told me that was the way it was for him and his wife but I couldn´t imagine what that would be like. Now I did. (Latina) was one of the 8 I had agreed to meet. I had never seen her before Jamie´s e-mail because she wasn´t what I was "shopping" for. She was 5´7", size 8, dark skinned but had a spark in her eye and a million dollar smile that were irresistible. I know I met 5 other women that night and I tried real hard to share my attention with them, but (Latina) had captivated me. She was 31, never married, had no kids and best of all, spoke English. At the end of the evening my translator asked me who I was interested in having dates with. I told her (Latina) and one other girl who was just for the appearance of not putting all of my eggs in one basket. So breakfast was scheduled with (Latina). But this night would end with a dinner date with another of my top picks, (Latina 2). On her arrival she told me she thought our date was for the following night. She had college homework she needed to do this night. I was instantly thinking "Great, I´ll let you go home and I´ll have dinner with (Latina)!" (Latina) was still sitting in the lobby of the restaurant waiting for her taxi I kept catching her eye while I was supposed to be having dinner with (Latina 2). But (Latina 2) stayed, (Latina) went home and (Latina 2 finally got my undivided attention. She was the kind of girl we gringos like, all touchy feely but I wasn´t enjoying it because of the connection with (Latina).
Friday morning was breakfast with (Latina) and the translator. The translator helped the conversation move faster. As it turned out, my schedule was free until lunch so (Latina) and I talked for 4 hours. It was great. Lunch was with another top pick. This was kind of comical. When the girl first came on the site she was 31. That was an entry error. She was only 21. Needless to say, lunch was fun but I can´t get into dating a girl young enough to be my daughter. Two group meetings followed the first with 3 girls, the 2nd with 7. The group of 7 complimented me on my looks saying I was much better looking in person than the photos. I kindly thanked them for their graciousness to show up. Again, both meetings were fun but no one came close to the chemistry of (Latina). I do want to interject here that because of my previous experience, I was very reliant upon my translator´s input of what was happening. I had told her my whole story so she would understand my reservations. I was not going to go gaga over a girl for whatever reason and miss red flags. My translator assured me she felt completely comfortable with the attraction (Latina) and I shared. I told my translator I was trying hard to give every girl an honest chance, but there was nothing there. To the guys who think these intros are all fun, I disagree. Answering the same questions repeatedly and trying to look fresh and excited is hard work. The fun begins when you find the right woman!
This was the end of the second day of intros and I was ready to be with just (Latina) but Jamie wanted me to meet more girls. Since it was his business, I figured he knew what was best so I obliged. (Latina) worked Saturday morning until 11am anyway so Jamie scheduled 4 quick one on ones for that morning I would say each intro was a waste of time but really each intro made me more certain that I had already found the right girl. When (Latina) met me at Buena Vista at noon I told her I was done meeting other girls and wanted to spend the next 9 days exclusively with her. She was very happy.
I didn´t see the translator again until the trip to the airport. We discussed my experience. I asked if this was unusual or not. She said most men find a woman very quickly and stop the intros. I was glad to hear I was "in the norm". I didn´t want my relationship to be the exception. I needed to be sure about this one. My translator told me how great we were together. It was reassuring to hear this from someone who witnesses this everyday.
For the newbie´s considering this alternative to meeting your bride, I can only hope you can experience the magic that I did. I know others go and find a couple of women and return home with 2 relationships to see what develops. This seems like a smart way to go. I have a friend who went that route and both relationships fizzled. I suppose there is no right or wrong way. There is just your experience and you go with what happens naturally. In my opinion I wouldn´t spend time and money prewriting girls before you go down. That is how I got into trouble the first time and my translator told me of a couple that wrote several months but when they met, there was no chemistry and they broke up. These girls are not looking for pen pals. It cost them money to use the internet and if you are not going down to meet them, they are wasting their money writing you. Just go down and have fun and see what happens. I had to adopt that attitude with this trip. I think that is why I was open to the relationship with someone who didn´t fit the criterion. She was way more than that! I´ve never met anyone sweeter, happy and loving. To all of you still on the hunt, good luck. But there is now one less chica to choose from."
"Don´t quite know where to begin. Here goes. I was in Barranquilla from July 9 to July 29. I got to Barranquilla where it took about 45 minutes to clear immigration and customs. When I stepped outside to where the crowd was waiting I was greeted by (Translator) and one of the women I had chosen from International Introductions website. I had chosen Jamie´s marriage agency. Although I speak, read and write pretty good Spanish I found (Translator) to be of great help. I didn´t need translator service but she helped me break the ice with my dates especially the group dates. As we drove in a taxi to my hotel I spoke to (Translator) and my first date. The woman who was my first date asked me many questions to which I responded. She also commented on how soft my hair was as she ran her hand softly through it. I was surprised for a moment but I really enjoyed the sensation. She did this for about a minute.
I was told by (Translator) that my first group date was in about 1 hour and to get ready. When we arrived by taxi at the restaurant Jamie greeted me outside. We spoke briefly and he told me to call him if I needed anything. The restaurant was an Italian place run by a couple called Dolce Vita. As I walked into the dining room I saw several women. I introduced myself to them and they started asking me questions. I answered their questions and asked them some in return. (Translator) would sometimes fill in the gaps in conversation. I may speak Spanish but I´m not the best conversationalist in the world. Some of the girls commented that I didn´t look like a typical American. I told them of my Latino heritage (Dominican mother and Puerto Rican father). For whatever it is worth my Spanish speaking skills and Latino heritage were a plus with all the women I met throughout this trip. More than a few girls told me throughout this trip that they hated communicating via a translator.
I had the bad habit of often looking down at whatever I was drinking as I spoke. This was done by me not out of disrespect but because of my shyness and inability at times to carry a conversation. My shyness and awkwardness was a big negative to women throughout the trip. Soon the group date ended and the women waited outside as (Translator) told me to pick who I might be interested in meeting again assuming they would go out on a future date with me again. I picked two possible future candidates. I was surprised to learn that they were all interested in seeing me again. After the group date I had a single dinner date with a woman who I didn´t seem to have much chemistry with. I don´t think she was interested in me. When I asked (Translator) what she thought she agreed that the lady didn´t seem interested.
The lunch date was held at a Chinese restaurant called El Gran Chef where I met two women. One of these women turned out to be my future fiancée. As I spoke to the two women and they asked questions of me I fought to try to maintain a conversation with them. Whenever I faltered (Translator) would intervene and keep the ball rolling. She was an excellent assistant who grew up here in South Florida. I would recommend her. After the date one of the women told (Translator) that she would be interested in dating me again - my future fiancée! Unfortunately I did not take her up on her offer right away but started dating a woman I had met the night before at the initial group date. I cancelled my remaining dates (bad mistake) to exclusively date this woman. I dated this woman for about a week. She seemed genuinely interested in me at first but seemed to lose interest over time. I bought her some gifts as we dated. This also turned out to be a mistake. Jamie mentioned to me that you don´t buy gifts until you have been intimate with the girl. While I´m not sure about the intimate part I now know/agree that gift buying is something you don´t do unless you have reached a certain level in the relationship. I took this woman, her sister, and her mother to an overnight trip to Cartagena about 1 ½ hours away via taxi. We saw various sights in the city. This place is very historical with the fortress of San Felipe and the old enclosed city with its cobblestone streets. This is said to be a very romantic city where many people go on their honeymoon. There is also an old monastery (now a military post) high on a hill from where you can observe the entire city. We went on a Chiva bus which is like a party bus where musicians play and people drink, sing, and even dance. When I returned from the trip I called Jamie in order to resume going out on dates with the women. I knew that I would no longer be dating the first woman who I had cancelled all other dates for. She clearly just wasn´t interested in me. She didn´t want to dance with me (not that I can dance very well). She never spoke to me unless I initiated the conversation and then it seemed she didn´t want to talk. However, she, like other women I met, appeared to not want to be direct in their rejection. You had to read the signals "red flags".
I started dating other women including an 18-year-old girl that told me that she had competed for the title of Miss Colombia. I don´t know if that is true or not but regardless she was absolutely beautiful. This girl was exquisite with a very pretty face, long brown hair, large, round, full breasts and a beautiful rear end she had been in the marriage agency only a few days when I went out with her. I was her first date from the agency. She was nice. I only went out on one date with her because even though I look young for my age I have to face the fact that I am 40 years old. When we entered the Buena Vista mall someone whistled. People´s heads were turning to look at her - I mean men and women! I tried my best to keep my eyes off of her chest but this was difficult to do because she wore a shirt with a very, very low neckline which she had to constantly pull up to keep her nipples covered. I soon narrowed down the girls I dated to two women, one who is now my fiancée.
I would recommend International Introductions (Jamie´s marriage agency) for the man seeking a wife in the Barranquilla area. He was always available to answer questions. There were a few no-shows. Some of these women are very immature-even flaky but I´m not sure Jamie can control this."
"I want to tell you at this point that I was pleased with Jamie´s service. I think his website is the best I have seen. You can narrow your search with several options such as age and weight, and the photos are clear showing the women in various poses so that you can see their facial expressions as well as figure. The questions in the profile are good ones which can give you a glimpse of the ladies personality if you pay attention. Jamie and his staff worked hard to be sure that I met the ladies that I wanted to meet. (no, I am not "shilling" for Jamie, this is just my experience)."
"Visited Jamie´s marriage agency in Barranquilla and have after several weeks at home have decided to post my trip report. I wanted my story to play out a bit more before posting anything and now it has so here you go.
I have traveled to Colombia 5 times in the past 2 years. I have used various agencies in Cali and stayed with Pete at his house as well. I can speak basic Spanish but have a helluva time understanding the language when it is being thrown at me at the speed of sound. Other than that, I am your typical bloated, 38 year old American boy!
Jamie´s introduction services are not at all cheap. They are expensive actually. Plan to spend several K, if you are going to use his apartment and if you need interpretation after the first 3 days. He does deliver the ladies and takes care of a lot of the little hassles that could waste your precious time in Colombia. Overall I thought it was money well spent.
The lovely lady who facilitates all the introductions was very good throughout the time I was there. She also can translate and give you the "Inside Scoop" on the ladies. This is a critical piece of the business that if not done well can hamper your trip and dampen the experience. In this case a big THUMBS UP to the liaison who shall remain nameless.
Buy a cell phone in Colombia and get a lot of minutes. I bought one in Cali but left it at home like a bonehead. I always find it incredible what a huge hassle it is when nobody has minutes on their phone card and it prevents things from being planned as well as they should.
HOW THE INTRODUCTION THING WORKS
Many weeks before I arrived Jamie had put together a long list of the ladies I wanted to meet. On my original list many were eliminated by either not being available, not interested in my ugly ass, or not being able to be reached. Not a problem but I especially like the fact that they were emailed a photo of me beforehand so they knew what they were getting into beforehand and they could eliminate themselves before even having to meet me. What was left was PLENTY of beautiful ladies! The introductions took place at classy local restaurants. During introductions I would have a little group of 3 to 7 ladies, and we would talk and get to know a little about each other and in my case check out each of their fluffy little bubble butts as they walked in or walked out. Very discretely of course., anyway after the introduction the ladies would walk into another room and I would be asked what I thought and who I would like to see again. While this was going on, the girls were being quizzed in the other room about what they thought of my Charming Ass. Ultimately I would choose one that I would want to see again and without fail she would also be interested in getting to know me on a more personal level. A one on one date. so usually all the girls would depart after the group date, EXCEPT for the one that I chose to get to know better. Anyway that is the gist of how the introduction process works.
AFTER INTRODUCTIONS & THE BEAUTY QUEEN
Okay now 2 or so days have passed and I have had all my "Group Introductions." At this point I had met many stunners but I narrowed it down to one girl I liked more than the others; let's call her "THE BEAUTY QUEEN" since that is what she was a couple years before."
"So I returned late last night from my first trip to Colombia. (If you read the post titled "on my way" you can see what I was coming from).
Anyway, I will first say that I chose Jamie´s marriage agency because of his web site info and positive reviews on this site. He absolutely lived up to his word and delivered as promised and then some. His staff especially the translator (my assistant/interpreter) were very helpful. She got me out of a few situations that I wouldn´t have been able to myself without looking bad in front of the girls. Being in the service industry myself, the level of service I received even put me to shame! Jamie even went out of his way to call me when a situation popped up to talk me out of it. Had I listened to my interpreter in the first place I wouldn´t be in. Live and learn, huh?
I will say there was only one very small minus to Jamie´s marriage agency. And it might not even be a minus to most of his clients just something I didn´t prefer. Some of the girls (maybe 10%) seemed to not even be interested in meeting someone to marry some said they joined the agency just for fun. Theres a chance maybe they didn´t like me and just said that, but I doubt it. On the other hand, Jamie stresses to meet as many girls as possible and to continue to meet and date different ones even when you think you like one. So he sort of makes up for the lack of a rigid screening process in that he provides you with more volume of girls. Plus I´m sure even if the girls joined "just for fun" they might run into the man of their dreams accidentally and things would work out. Anyway, I think this was very minor and one of the questions I learned to ask in the first 10 minutes was "why did you join the agency" and I just ended dates shorter with girls who obviously didn´t intend to get married any time soon.
Besides that though, I&d rate his marriage agency at a 10 out of 10 in service there and 10 out of 10 in promises kept from the web sites and our discussions. Communicating with him was very easy he always answers his phone and always replies within a day for emails. Oh and I forgot I was delayed on my airplane one day and the agency rearranged all of my plans with no problems - I´m sure that was a huge hassle on their part.
If you ever want to ask me a question, I´d rather not post my email but feel free to pass your email to Jamie and have him email me (or your phone number, etc.).
So on to the trip report itself.
I arrived at around 5:00 pm and was greeted with the interpreter and one of the girls I selected. We drove for about a half hour to the condo (which was nothing short of spectacular by the way). The girl was great and we hit it off and made plans for the next day. I was driven right to a fancy Italian restaurant and there were already 4 girls waiting for me. We had drinks for about an hour. Then one of my top selections came and the two of us (with the interpreter) had dinner for about 2 hours. It pretty much went on like this for 3 days and then I sort of got wrapped up with one girl. Things didn´t work out with her and I was pretty disappointed. It was weird - it felt like I had broken up with a long term girlfriend!
So I went on a few dates with my second selection but there was just some missing chemistry I think. Jamie and Translator recommended that I go on the website and pick some other girls. I picked 8 and they got me dates with 6 of them the next day. The last one turned out to be the best girl I met there. By that time I had had about 20-25 introductions???? I don´t even remember the number but it´s kind of like an "ah-ha" light bulbs went off for both of us. The great thing about the girls there are they make it real obvious that they like you or they don´t. You don´t have to play any games they were all very direct. So anyway, I spent the rest of my time there with her and we had a few great days. We left on good terms and made a deal that we wouldn´t see anyone else and I will be going back down to visit in about a month to see if there are still sparks.
Well if I had any advice to someone going down - I´d say go for it. Being able to speak Spanish is definitely a plus. But that being said, you better be able to have whole conversations. If not, it isn´t going to help you that you know how to say "How much does this papaya cost?" You´re goanna have to have real conversations and the interpreter was awesome so I wouldn´t wait to learn 3 months of Spanish. Actually, if you can dance, that´s probably more important (no joke)."
"I usually don´t go out of my way to plug the marriage agency I used to find my wife, unless asked directly, but this time I will make an exception. The agency is in Barranquilla which is a city on the Caribbean coast of Colombia.
The only reason you would spend as much time as you did with any of these girls is because you had limited choices. You are traveling too far and spending too much time out of your life to put up with that nonsense.
I chose International Introductions to help me find my wife because they have a very efficient system. If you use the full romance tour introductions service, you will meet 25+ women within three (3) days. Most guys stop after about 15 or so women, but I would encourage you to continue until you´ve at least met more than 20.
Many people balk at the pricing (I think now its running about $1,375), but that sure beats traveling across the sea and the ocean and coming away with nothing but disappointing experiences and a smaller bank account to show for it."
"Observations: The women: I´ve been to Cali 4 times, and Barranquilla 2 times and to me the girls look just as good as Cali the only difference is you see more "morenas" in Barranquilla, and they are just as beautiful as the lighter skinned women in Barranquilla or Cali. In fact, I´ve found that the women in Barranquilla are, in general, friendlier than in Cali. So in my opinion you can find Beautiful women in Barranquilla, just as readily as you can in Cali. The mall in Barranquilla holds just as many beautiful women as the mall in Cali. I must have broken my neck several times a minute looking at women in Barranquilla. In fact, I would go to Barranquilla before I returned to Cali.
The marriage agency: I´ve been to 7 or 8 agencies overall and Jamies´ is by far the best marriage, I´ve ever been in. His approach is hands on, and he´s on top of everything personally, and you can rest assured when you walk out of the office, him and his staff is taking care of you. Very professional, and organized, no stone is left unturned. I can see why Sean spoke so highly of Jamie and his marriage agency. Probably the best thing about his marriage agency is there is no fluff. He´s a straight shooter, he tells it like it is, and doesn´t sugar coat anything. If a girl is acting up, he deals with her right away. If he thinks a girl is doing some strange things he tells you. If things don´t work out with any of the girls I will be corresponding with, I will return there in a heartbeat. Without a doubt, the most trustworthy owner I´ve ever spoken with, highly recommend his marriage agency. I equate it to a shopper who goes into a jewelry store and has two choices you can pay less and get a fake gold ring that might turn colors, or you can pay a little more, and get the real deal. Whereas the other agencies I´ve been to and spoken with turn colors, Jamie is the real deal, you won´t be disappointed. The girls he has there working for him are top notch, the translators are great, and they are always working for you. You won´t have to keep sticking your head in the office asking, "what´s up, do I have anything going on", because theyll already have it covered. Can´t stress enough how organized and professional Jamie and his staff is, as Jamie said to me, he doesn´t want to see me or anyone else again. He truly wants you to meet someone and be happy, not try to marry you off, so he can take a picture and brag about it. I was very impressed with International Introductions."
"It´s not the cheapest you´ll find, but like Chizz said, it is worth it and you´ll get what you paid for, plus a little more, in my opinion. I´ve never known him to be anything but honest and straight forward with me or my friends."
"In regards to Jamie´s marriage agency, I concur completely. I have been to seven plus agencies and his has been the best by a wide margin. I found Jamie and his personnel to be hard working, and reliable. That is not all that common with agencies in general."
"Enjoyed reading your trip reports, it was like I was back in Barranquilla all over again, working with Jamie and his excellent staff."
"Fortunately, I used Jamie´s marriage agency on my first (and subsequent) trip(s) to Colombia, so I didn´t have to put up with all the nonsense people have experienced with other agencies."
"As you said, he typically delivers far more than promised. I´m so thankful for my wife, whom I met thru Jamie, who is sleeping in the next room."
"Nice report, really enjoyed reading it, Jamie does run a very good marriage agency, probably one of the best I have used."
"While Jamie´s marriage agency might be more expensive than most, you get what you pay for and I feel he does a very good job at delivering what he says he will do never had a problem using his agency, very professional."
"As a marriage agency, I know we are not at the level of professionalism and expertise as Jamie at this point."
"Jamie and his people definitely have nothing to worry about."
"Jamie was always on-point with everything that I did with him. He stayed in constant contact up until my day of arrival."
"Jamie´s introduction service is expensive, but I received VIP treatment from quality personnel."
"You hit it on the nail, go with Jamie, you won´t go wrong."
"I highly recommend Jamie´s Romance Tour Service. Jamie´s service is A+ along with his well-trained personnel. He has always and continues to do right by me."
"I have learned that Jamie is an exceptional and professional person."
"Everyone here seems obsessed with Colombia. I can understand why, because there seem to be more really good looking girls from there than Peru, and I suppose that they also have good support in the form of Jamie and his marriage agency, which by all accounts is top-notch."
"Man you are so on point about Jamie´s agency and his staff, I can´t add anything. Too bad all agencies aren´t like Jamie´s. Those ladies that work for him work their arses off. I remember my translator looking tired when we parted and looking tired when I saw her the next morning, but she never missed a beat with me."
"Jamie has always done right by me, and him and his people has always looked out for my interests. I am the type of person that sits back and watches people and how they react in certain situations, and I cannot say anything bad or perceived anything negative about his people. If anyone gets out of hand from translators, to clients, to girls on the website, Jamie deals with it expeditiously."
"Jamie and his staff are very good at what they do. His results speak for themselves."
"Valid points by all. Jamie´s marriage agency, top notch."
"Back in August I began my adventure with a week spent under the care of Jamie and International Introductions. I have nothing but good things to say about my experience there. I will say one thing, however many days you choose stay, it will not be enough. There will be too many choices and not enough time. I still look fondly at a picture of me surrounded by 10 girls, looking like an episode of The Bachelor!"
"Sorry this is kind of late. I´ve been back for about two weeks. My trip was everything I could have hoped for then some more. Jamie´s has got to be the best of its kind. One hour after I landed at the airport I was sitting at Jamie´s in front what looked like twenty of the hottest woman I´ve ever seen ( really it was 16 but who needs to count). After about an hour my translator took me in to my room and asked who if any I wanted to see again. Wow this went on until I had found the one that was meant for me. At Jamie´s they take this pretty serious and are very good at what they do. I really could not have been more impressed with his place."
Anyhow, I had to go all the way to South America to find a girl, But wow is all I can say. She is so sweet and nice and as a friend would say "she´s banging." I found Barranquilla to be really nice. A lot better then I thought it was. The people were very nice and friendly, but not too many can speak English. When your there you take taxis everywhere you go, they don´t cost much but it does start adding up by the end of the trip. Oh yea by the way I stayed 9 days and needed every one of them. The heat was a little more then I would like, but then again I´m an old fat guy from Pennsylvania."
"I went to Barranquilla (Northern Colombia) for two weeks to visit International Introductions, which is one of the best marriage agencies in South America, if not the world, in my opinion. On the agency´s website, the byline reads, "The American Man´s Alternative to American Women." Indeed, during my stay, I did not expect to see the kind of men I saw: a doctor from Canada, a software engineer from California, and a journalist from Texas. None were fat, the journalist was old, and the software engineer from California was the best looking.
The airplane trip over and back sucked the most. I am tall and I was not able to sleep at all, despite bringing ear plugs, a visor, and travel pillow. When I arrived in Bogotá to connect to Barranquilla, I met a nice older Colombian man and his Colombian wife. They could see I was rather nervous, so they helped me get to where I needed to be at the airport and were very nice. On the way back I chatted with a loud, obnoxious American Woman in her 40s-50s from New York who had divorced a Colombian man. Getting through security in Bogot on the way back was also a pain, almost three hours.
Prior to visiting the agency, I selected five girls and chatted with them (1 did not reply at all, 1 was not interested, and the others replied). Of those I selected, the most sincere, intelligent, and good looking lady also spoke some English.
I had a translator the first three days. She picked me up at the airport, helped me adjust to Barranquilla, selected restaurants, and more. The only problem with the agency´s house by the beach where I stayed is 20-30 minutes from Barranquilla, which created a problem one night when I was going to the hotel late and the cab was stopped by the Colombian police. I kept a photocopy of my passport with me at all times so it was not a problem.
My fiancée is nice and has a good personality; she´s cute and smart. Her family made me lunch one day (Colombian food) and my fiancée also cooked me lunch on the last day, which was very good: patacones, fried chicken, rice, juice, and salad. She lives with and is close to her family. We ate out many times at nice restaurants, at the malls, and around the city. Colombian food tastes good, but is not too healthy (fatty, big portions, greasy, fried). Some parts of Barranquilla looked very nice and modern such as the malls, and some suburbs, condos, buildings, and projects with lots of nice cars on the roads. However, some areas of the city looked run down, like shanty towns with no windows or air-conditioning and clothes hanging on clothes lines. The malls are comparable to the U.S. and were built recently. The house where I stayed was very nice: DirecTV (English with Spanish subtitles and most major channels including several HBO), a nice pool, a great house manager, air-conditioning in my room, private and public bath, washer and dryer, kitchen, and etc. I had a translator who helped me for the first few days. She was funny and very helpful, showing me what to buy in stores, what ATM´s to use, how to be safe, which restaurants are good, and etc. Some of things we did included dancing at two different clubs, the Barranquilla Zoo (nice zoo, some animals from South America and Colombia), the Caribbean Museum (very nice, lots of features and stuff from Colombia and the Caribbean), Santa Marta beach (fairly crowded, lots of vendors, but nice), Barranquilla beach, the mall, a movie, and restaurants. I understand some Spanish and was able to have some conversations in Spanish, although my Spanish is still not fluent.
Also, the women from Barranquilla are very attractive and have good attitudes. When I got back to the States, it felt different. The television in the airport was on CNN and was reporting "the new feminism… wives cheating on their husbands." I kid you not. After seeing chicks with attitudes, chicks with tattoos and attitudes (didn't see many tattoos in Colombia), and nasty fat chicks, I now feel like I truly don't care for American women.
"I recently returned from my first trip to Colombia in search of love. I had a wonderful time and thank all of the posters on this site for the inspiration, encouragement, and great advice. I hope this post will help other newbies in their journey for love.
I am 34 years old. I have 4 beautiful daughters between the ages on 11 and 5. I have been divorced for about 4 years. I have a good job, but not much savings. As a contractor, I have no vacation time at work. But my boss is flexible with me taking some time off and I can work overtime before and after to make up for the lost income. I never had any Spanish in school and couldn´t say anything more than Hello.
My first goal in planning was to learn as much Spanish as I could before my trip. I purchased Rosetta Stone and several Spanish to English books. I also hired a private tutor for 4 hours a week to teach me Spanish.
Unfortunately, my work and personal life got busy and I wasn´t able to devote the time to learning Spanish like I hoped. I only got through the first of four sections in Rosetta Stone and only kept up the tutor for 4 weeks. But I am so glad I had the tutor. It helped me the most with confidence, the basics, and pronunciation.
I broke down and finally got an ATM for my bank account. Before my trip, I called the ATM and 1 credit card I brought and told them of my trip. I also went to my bank and got $1000.00 dollars US converted to Colombian Pesos.
I purchased a cheap digital watch to wear on my trip so that I wouldn´t risk getting my usual watch stolen. I also purchased a cheap digital camera to avoid losing my expensive Canon. I made two copies of my Passport. I also made a copy of both sides of my credit card and ATM card in case they were stolen so that I could quickly call and report it. I also purchased a money belt so that I wouldn´t have too much money in my pockets or wallet. I did not have a fake wallet, but did empty out anything of value from it so that I wouldn´t worry about having it stolen.
I decided to use an agency so that I wouldn´t have to worry about the logistics and could focus on meeting and getting to know the women. I went with International Introductions based on many reviews I have read here and my own research elsewhere.
I was very nervous getting off of the plane. I didn´t know who I was meeting and was sure I´d get lost of the shuffle of the people and never find my ride. After passing through security, I was expecting the rest of the airport, but was suddenly outside. Before I could get my bearings, my translator was standing in front of me introducing herself. I was so relieved and excited.
My translator was accompanied by a young, beautiful woman. The three of us got in a taxi and started the long journey to the agency house. It was raining so traffic was extra slow. The first thing I noticed was the driving is way different that in the U.S. Most of the vehicles on the road are either taxis or motorcycles, with the occasional truck or bus. The cars are all small. And everyone drives like they are on the Indie 500 with no lanes. It is completely chaotic, yet strangely orderly. It seems like no one follows any traffic laws, but everyone seems to pay more attention to other drivers and be much more respectful of letting them in front of you.
I arrived late to the house and had just a few minutes before my first introduction. The first thing I learned was that they had been having a hard time finding dates for me because of two issues:
1. I have four daughters
2. I answered NO to the religion question.
My first introduction was with 11 beautiful ladies. It was really a very awesome, intimidating experience. I sat down and immediately realized that I was not prepared at all. I spent all of my spare time trying to learn Spanish that I spent little time thinking of questions to ask the women. Thankfully, my translator was wonderful and thinking up many questions to ask the ladies.
The real goal of the introductions is to determine if you and they want to have a second, individual date together. So they are best served by asking your deal breaker questions to the ladies to rule out the ones where you would likely not have a long lasting relationship with. But they are also important in determining chemistry. So it is import to ask fun questions to see if there is any connection between you.
When the introduction was over, they took a group photo and whisked me away to ask me which girls I wanted to see again. At the same time, they had the girls indicate if they want to see you again.
I ended up choosing 5 of the 11 for a second date. I choose a few who I found less attractive, but more of a connection. And did not choose several who I found more attractive, but felt there was less of a connection and not a match with my deal breakers. I think overall, at its best to error on the side of having more dates with more women at this point.
I then went to a late dinner with the women at the introduction who I liked most. She was the only name that I remembered of the 11, but I´ll just call her Snow White. Snow White and I had a wonderful time at dinner. We talked and talked. And felt very comfortable together. We had a lot in common. She was very patience with my poor Spanish and communicating through a Spanish/English Dictionary. She even taught me to dance a little at the restaurant. The only thing I noticed was that Snow White seemed reluctant to touch.
I started the morning with breakfast with a new women. We ate at more of an Americanized restaurant. She was nice, but there were no sparks.
I came back to the agency house for an introduction with 1 woman. I´ll call her Cinderella. I came back late so had little time with her. She was a very beautiful woman. She impressed me and struck me as a very responsible, mature woman and we had some mutual interests. So I said I wanted to see her again.
I then had a date with a woman from the night before. She was less attractive, but I felt a good spark. We had a nice, long conversation. She mentioned that she was hungry and had the name of a restaurant that she wanted to go to. So my translator and I went to lunch there with her. It was fancy, too fancy, wonderful Colombian food, but way more than I expected to pay. She seemed very interested in me, but I wasn´t so much in her. And pushing for the fancy restaurant left a bad taste in my mouth.
I came back to another group introduction with 3 beautiful ladies. I had spent some time thinking of questions and reviewing the questions on Jamie´s site and was feeling more confident and comfortable. I really had a fun time with this introduction. Unfortunately, there were no sparks or mutual goals with any of them.
I then had an introduction with another new woman. There was no sparks or interests. So far, I was really excited about Snow White.
I then went to the mall to meet with Ariel. As soon as I got out of the cab, her arm was wrapped around mine. It felt utterly amazing. We walked around the mall and had a great conversation. Ariel was a resourceful woman who knew how to take care of herself. We had a lot in common and she really seemed like she would be an excellent wife. And she was very interested in me with lots of affection. On the ride home, she initiated a kiss with me. It was wonderful.
I then went to the movies with Snow White. It was great to see her. But after the long night of talking before, neither of us could think of anything to say to each other. I was really exhausted at this point after meeting so many women. I was starting to have a hard time telling them apart. I still really liked Snow White and felt a spark. In the movie, I put my arm around her for a while, and then we held hands. She seemed really into the movie. I was hoping for a kiss, but I felt there was not right time.
I had breakfast with another new women. She was a very serious and responsible woman, but she didn´t feel interested in me.
I then had lunch with Cinderella. It was at another fancy place, a wonderful place with great Colombian food, but a little more than I wanted to spend on a second date. But my translator picked it. I had a simply wonderful time with Cinderella. I felt totally comfortable with her and never ran out of things to talk about like with Snow White. She asked me why I wanted a second date and what about her that I liked. I told her that I really liked how she seemed like a very responsible mature women who has some interests that I do. She seemed very happy that I didn´t focus on her body, as many men she has dated seem to only like her attractiveness.
I then had a date with Belle. She was a very sweet and innocent woman. We went to the park, but it started to rain so we moved to the mall to walk around. I had a good time with her. She seemed interested in me and we had fun trying to communicate with my poor Spanish and my Spanish/English dictionary when my translator stepped away. My overall impression of her was that she was really beautiful and sweet, but very inexperienced in relationships. I told my translator than I liked her, but thought that I´d corrupt her if I developed a relationship with her. And that it would be best to end it. But my translator encouraged me to keep seeing her, so I did.
I then went to another mall with Ariel. When we got in the cab, she gave me a present. It was magnet with a romantic message on it. And in a card that had her love for me written all over it. It was very creepy. It seemed almost stalker like. I was so bothered by it that my translator even asked me later in the date if I was alright. But I continued the date. We had dinner and a heartfelt conversation about her pasts. It was very touching and made me want to continue the date. She then came over to the agency house and watched a movie with me in my room. We kissed a little, but then she started to question me about kissing other women I was dating. She seemed bothered about me dating other women and seemed like she was pressuring me to only see her. We stopped kissing and finished the movie.
The morning started out going to a pool at a fancy hotel with Cinderella. It had either a swimming or swimming and breakfast package. None of us were very hungry, so I went cheap and got just the swimming. But by the end of the swimming, we were all hungry and we got lunch there. It was more expensive, so that was a dumb move. Swimming with Cinderella was a lot of fun. I felt very comfortable with her. And I just loved being a gentleman to her by holding doors, kissing her hand, and saying sweet things to her. And she melted when I did.
I then went to the zoo with Snow White. It was her first time ever to the zoo. She seemed very excited and interested in seeing the animals. But not so much in to me. I kept trying to hold her hand. And she kept drifting away. I still felt a connection, but she was very reluctant to show any affection.
I then went back to the house to have an introduction with two new ladies. Both were nice and I wanted to see them again.
Belle then came over and we spent some time in my room playing Uno. I showed her some photos of my family. Then she showed me some of hers on her phone. We had a great time and seemed to really hit it off.
I had dinner with a girl from that afternoon. I was very exhausted and could not remember anything about her. I kept asking the same questions that I had asked her earlier. I felt bad about it. I apologized to her for being so tired and mentally exhausted and that I wanted to see her again.
The morning started with Cinderella coming over. We went to the grocery store together and bought some food. She seemed very interested and natural in holding my hands and enjoying my company. We came back to the house and I made an omelet for her. I really liked how she helped in the kitchen preparing the food. She was very impressed with breakfast and we held hands through most of breakfast. After breakfast, we went to my room and I showed her photos of my family. She showed me her family as well. We chatted a while with Google Translate. It was wonderful.
I then went out with my translator and another staff member to meet women at the mall. They wanted me to point out any women I was interested in, and they would go talk with them and set up a date. Unfortunately, I did not find any that caught my eye. I found I was less comfortable with this approach than I thought I would be. And I think I my standards were raised after having several good dates and connections with Snow White, Cinderella, Ariel, and Belle.
Belle then came over and we spent some more time in my room. I asked her to teach me to dance, but she didn´t want to. She we just talked alone with Google Translate. I felt more attracted to her than before. But the date was ended short by another introduction because Belle was late coming over.
I had a single introduction with a lady who was not for me. It was followed by an introduction with two ladies. Both were nice, but no match.
I then had some time before my next date. So I went to dinner with my translator. It was an amazing hole-in-the wall place with fantastic food.
I then meet with Cinderella again at the movies. She came in the cab with one of her co-workers and I got to meet her. We then went into the movie just the two of us. We were snuggling quite a bit. But in the middle of the movie she called the translator saying that she was tired and didn´t like the movie and wanted to go home, so we left in the middle of the movie. I was quite confused as she continued to seem interested by holding my hands. So I went with it. When she dropped me off, I felt like she was ready for a kiss. So I leaned in and we had a very brief, but so tender kiss.
Cinderella came over again in the morning. We went to the grocery store and got some food for her to cook breakfast. She was immediately and naturally holding my hand and kissing me. I had received much advice from several people to not narrow it down to one women in the first trip, but to instead, leave while still dating at least two or three. That way I could see how the distance effected my relationship with each of them. And then narrow it down to one in a second trip. I agreed with that advice and planned on following it. But that morning, Cinderella melted my heart. I fell completely in love with her. And by the time we returned from the grocery store, I told my translator to cancel all of my other dates and introductions.
When we came back to the house, Cinderella made empanadas. They were utterly amazing. I ate three. I fell even more in love with her watching her cook, so gentle, so much care put into making food. While we were eating breakfast, I told Cinderella that I had cancelled all of my other days and that I wanted to be novio/novia. She was very excited and said yes.
We spent the rest of the morning watching movies, making out, and talking via Google Translate. She then made a very delicious lunch. We ate together and then she went to work.
So I spent the afternoon running some errands, including getting a bouquet of flowers for her. She was totally blown away by it when I gave them to her.
That night, we went to go meet her family. It was a long drive in a not so good neighborhood. So the agency used a special cab driver who they trusted and he stayed with his us to drive us home. Meeting her family was very nice. It meant a lot that she felt good enough about me to introduce me to them. But it was very awkward. I had never seen poverty like that first hand. And I was worried about putting my foot in my mouth, so I had a hard time coming up with things to say. But it was a good time. Her sisters seemed very excited and interested in meeting me. Her mother seemed more apprehensive and reserved. And her grandparents didn´t seem to notice me there at all.
Cinderella came first thing in the morning and we went to the zoo. She was constantly holding my hand and very comfortable with my arm around her. Before we left, she showed me a bunch of her photos from her childhood. It was really sweet. She then had to go to work.
I met her during her break where she needed to get her hair and nails done for work. Not much of an activity, but I wanted to spend every moment I could with her. She had mentioned reluctance of having me see her with her hair messy, etc. So I expected just to see her in the cab to drop her off. But then she took my hand for me to come in.
I sat and watched as she got her hair and nails done. She talked a little when we could and held hands a little when we could. But as I was sitting there, I suddenly didn´t know if I would be expected to pay for this. And neither did my translator. We were now boyfriend and girlfriend and I was here with her. But we never talked about it one way or the other. So I didn´t know the expectations. So I sat and waited.
When she was done, Cinderella very quickly and discretely grabbed her purse and paid for it herself. She didn´t discuss me paying at all and didn´t give the staff at the place the time to point to me.
We then came back to the agency house to my room for a while. We talked a little and we made out a little. I continued to be a gentleman and kept my hands at neutral locations like her back and stomach. It felt passionate, but I still felt that she was not ready for a more physical relationship. She went to work again and I spent the afternoon resting.
She came over again after work. She then attempted to teach me to dance. It was a lot of fun, but I was really bad. My translator then went home to leave us alone together for the night. We danced a little more. When I was tired of dancing, she sat me on the couch and danced a few dances for me to watch. It was simple amazing. She is a fantastic dancer. And I could see the love in her eyes. I was really hoping she would spend the night.
We then sat and chatted on Google Translate. And she should me more Colombian dances on YouTube. She then called a cab to go home and we sat on the couch together holding each other until it arrived.
She asked the fair and it was 6,000 pesos. The smallest bill I had was a 10,000 peso bill. I gave it to her and said goodnight. She shook her head no, got the change from the driver, then gave me the change.
Cinderella and I went to breakfast in the morning. We ate at a small cafe with seating on the sidewalk. The breakfast was amazing. But both of our eyes were bigger than our stomach and we had a full plate of leftovers. Cinderella looked around for a beggar to give the food to. But there were none around at the moment so we held onto it.
We then went to a photo place to copy one of the photos of her as a kid that I liked. While we were there, we got a photo of the two of us taken. It was totally amazing. The photo guy was such as artist and made the best looking photo ever. She then went to work.
I spent the afternoon waiting and resting. That night, we went out to eat at the fine dining restaurant that she works at. It was fun to see her co-workers taking turns to come in and shake my hand to meet me. She works in a nice place with some good people.
After dinner, she came over to the house and the translator went home. I wondered again if she would spend the night. We did some more kissing, but I remained a gentleman. We talked a little, and then I held her for a while, while listening to some romantic music. After a few songs, she went home.
Cinderella came over again in the morning. I took her into my room alone then recited some very romantic Spanish words to her that I learned. I then gave her a teddy bear and told her to watch over my heart while I was gone. She melted. She was so happy.
We then went to the beach. The beach was very relaxing. We just sat and enjoyed the breeze and waves rolling in while we had breakfast. We walked through the surf a little and got a few pictures. As we were leaving, she grabbed two of the glasses from breakfast and filled them up with seawater. I was perplexed. She came back with them, motioned for my feet, and then proceeded to wash them off. I was totally blown away and fell even more in love with her. We then went shopping with her to get some stuff she needed for work. She bought shoes, underwear, and jewelry and never once asked me for money. We dropped her off at work.
She came over again that night. It was our last night together. I was really hoping she would spend the night. We did the usual make out a little, talk on Google Translate a little. I never felt the right moment, so I kept my hands for being too adventurous. When it was time to go, she tried calling a cab. After 4 calls, there was still no answer. So I took a chance and told her that if she couldn´t get a cab, that she was welcomed to stay with me. And that I would sleep on the couch so that she wouldn´t feel uncomfortable. But she said that she that wouldn´t be right and she then got a hold of a cab.
I felt like an idiot. I got very little sleep worrying that I ruined it fearing that I was too aggressive.
I awoke early for the flight back to the U.S. We picked up Cinderella at her house so that she could come with me to the airport. We kissed a little, but mostly just held each other the whole ride to the airport. She came in with me and stayed until I passed through security. I read her a few lines in Spanish that I had written telling her how much I loved her and will be back soon. We kissed goodbye and I went through security.
My journey was a thousand times better that I ever hoped it would be. I honestly expected not to find anyone. I hoped that I´d find a woman who was sweet, reasonably good looking, who wanted to marry me. But I never thought I would find such a deep connection.
It does sound crazy to have such strong feelings so fast. And while I am not yet ready to marry Cinderella, I can´t stop thinking about her. Since my returned we have exchanged about 10 emails and 4 phone calls, which is hard with my poor Spanish. I already have my second trip booked in October and can´t wait to see her again.
My advice to beginners starting their own journey:
Go!!! It is so worth it!
Colombian food is simple amazing. Way better than the processed crap most Americans eat. It is the thing I miss second most in Colombia.
Definitely use Jamie´s service. It is absolutely amazing, worth every penny. They make you feel totally safe and cared for. The translators are great and not only translate the language, but are also amazing guides to the culture and women themselves. It works out great when you go to the bathroom and they can get the inside scoop from the ladies without making it look like you are asking.
Expect to pay more than you think. This is due largely because you pay for all of the taxis. When a date comes over, you pay for her. When you go places you pay. When your date goes home, you pay for her taxi. It is totally justified, just a larger expense that I thought. I planned for $100 U.S. a day I ended up spending about $200 U.S. a day. I found the first couple of days the most expensive with the most number of dates.
Don´t be cheap. It just ruins your time and makes you look bad. You don´t have to eat at all the expensive restaurants, but an occasional one won´t kill you. You only live once, and if you find love, any amount in the world is worth that.
10 days is a bit short. I was extremely lucky to find someone. If I did it again, I´d stay for at least 16 days for a first trip.
Learn Spanish! The ladies all got super excited if you spoke Spanish. And everyone I met was always so much friendly and excited to talk with you if you even attempted to speak in Spanish. It is a huge advantage in seeking a wife there.
Be a gentleman. I came with the misconception that Colombian women would all be very aggressive sexually and ready to hop into bed with anyone. But the women I met were all very reserved when it came to affection at first. Cinderella even mentioned to me that I was the only person she has ever kissed before becoming boyfriend and girlfriend. But by being a gentleman, it sets you apart from all of the Colombian men who chase beautiful women only for sex and their body. If you genuinely interested in them for their inner qualities, they will melt in your hands.
Good luck to you all in your journeys!
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