Ajá Quiubo: De Nuevo en Bogotá.

“Ajá quiubo” is a coloquial term in Colombia for saying “Hey, what’s up?”.

Ajá, comes from the coastal region of Colombia to mean: “yes”, and used as a feeling of acknowledgement/recognition, while also not really meaning or saying anything at all.

Quiubo, comes from “que hubo” (what happened) and has been shortened and simplified to: quiubo, meant to mean, “what’s up”. Typically said in Colombia, but in other parts of LATAM as well.

So, ajá quiubo! I’m back in Bogotá for another round and some more cultural research.

I seem to go through life cycles more often than the average person, but I’ve come to accept that, although it can be a little tiring (packing, unpacking, settling down, and picking up). Despite it being tiring, it’s also exciting and I know I’m lucky to experience these chapters in my life.

Anyway, this wouldn’t be Andre Abroad without them, would it?




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  1. Andrew says: Reply

    I just realized that my dad was saying quiubo to me all my life and I never thought twice about what it meant. This realization has washed over me in waves. I remember back when I was a teenager and he used to come home “quiubo”. I remember taking Spanish in college (hey, and easy “A” I thought) and getting a C+. With that embarrassment to my classmates I explained that there are some words and sentence structures that I wasn’t familiar with, and the words I was familiar with never appeared in the curriculum. Quiubo was never wrote down in my home, and only my dad said it. And makes sense because his mom’s side is from Cartagena (or is it Barranquila?). My dad’s pronunciation made it sound more like “ku-o” (english phonetics).

    I am so happy I have read this blog post! Tomorrow when I see him I will smile and greet him with “Aja quiubo!” 🙂

    1. admin says: Reply

      This is awesome! I’m so happy to read this and know that I helped connect you with something from your youth/dad!! And you’re right, the pronunciation is “ku-o”. 🙂

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