Barranquilla is a very modern city. Nonetheless, it’s still common to see horse-drawn carts on city streets. The guys with the carts (I have yet to see a woman with this job) are usually buying or selling something, which they announce via megaphone — that way, you can hear it from your apartment and come down to meet them (think ice cream truck in the U.S.).
The odd thing is that they always announce what they’re buying/selling in this nearly unintelligible monotone with no pauses between words. The following 7-second video will show you what I mean. The only word I can understand in the string is “bateria”, which means the guy is buying, among other things, car batteries. This is one of the main ways that items get recycled in Colombia. Let me tell you, the cardboard boxes that we used to ship items from the U.S. to Colombia were gone from the street in no time, despite the fact that they were completely dilapidated.
If you can understand any other word besides “bateria” in this video, then by all means, comment and let the rest of us know!
During my short stint in Mexico City (el D.F.) years back, street vendors similarly used megaphones to announce their wares. There, the only one I could understand was the guy who sold refills for home propane tanks. “El gaaaaaaaaas. El gaaaaaaaaaaas.” At least I understand a little more now!