Bahia de Cartagenas

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  • Day275

    Caliente en Cartagena

    April 30 in Colombia

    As we checked out of our accommodation in Bogotá, and just before catching our flight to Cartagena, we were confronted by the woman at reception, who quizzed us, in Spanish, about a supposed missing, small hand-towel. We explained that there was only one in the room when we checked in. At one point, it seemed that we may not be allowed to leave the premise without said hand towel being accounted for but after a few phone calls we were freed from our prison and allowed to continue on our journey. Fortunately, we had factored in additional time into our schedule and made it to the airport before check-in closed.

    Our apartment was located within walking distance of the historical centre but far enough away from the tourist area of Bocagrande to get more of an authentic, local experience. The walk to the historical centre in the hot and humid climate wasn't exactly pleasant nor was the dump a few hundred metres down the road. In the mornings and afternoons, people (and wild pigs) would come scavenging for whatever treasures they could find amongst the rubbish that seemed to be randomly dumped in a vacant block of land. The area was certainly a contrast to the historical centre and Bocagrande with its high-rises and beachside abodes, and definitely not the images on the postcards and tourist brochures.

    Cartagena was established by the Spanish as a city to defend its territories from attack from pirates and/or the English. The fort, Castillo de San Felipe Barajas, commenced construction in 1536, at a strategic point on the peninsula of the city. But once Colombia (and the rest of South America) gained independence, the fort fell into disuse until it was restored in the middle of the twentieth century. Beneath the fort are tunnels that could store weapons or explosives that could be set-off if the enemy were successful in reaching the walled area. In 1741, the fort came under attack by the British. According to the Spanish version, if the small armed forces of Colombia had been defeated by the enormous fleet of Britain, South America wouldn't be speaking Spanish today but English. While the story is more than likely over-exaggerated, it would have made life easier for us over the last five and a bit months.

    After soaking up some of the historical parts of the city, we ventured to some of the beaches near Bocagrande and Playa Marbella. Perhaps we are spoilt in Australia with our vast coastlines of sandy beaches and clear water that it is difficult for other beaches around the world to compete in comparison. While they aren't pebble beaches, they weren't quite the postcard perfect images that we were expecting, but nice enough if it wasn't for hawkers and women trying to offer massages. Definitely the weather was hot enough to spend the day laying about soaking up the sun and cooling down in the lukewarm water.

    During the middle of the day, the weather became so hot and humid that all we wanted to do was to search for shade and air-conditioning, although Jason would have the air-con blasting so much that Ricky had to wear extra layers, looking like an Inuit in winter. We've also started a bit of tradition of going to the movies to improve our Spanish and to avoid the heat. This time, the new Peter Rabbit movie was on the playlist. While still suited to children, it was a bit above intermediate Spanish for us. It certainly wasn't Peppa the Pig, which we have had on high rotation, as it's the only program that we can understand without subtitles. Soy Peppa! Oink oink. Perhaps by the end of our travels we may have moved onto something more advanced.

    Next stop: Panamá City

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  • Day12

    Beach afternoon

    September 10, 2015 in Colombia

    We sure needed to cool off after site seeing and our late lunch. Since there were 5 of us, we hopped into 2 tandem taxies and went to find a spot in the sand.

  • Day3

    Basurto Social Club

    July 7, 2017 in Colombia

    Dancing champeta style. This place was absolutely AWESOME. I took some videos of a live band and dancing, but I can't upload here's the only picture I have of the inside. We also ran into Charles King, a famous Colombian champeta singer. We'll definitely be back again before we leave...loved it!
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  • Day4

    Day with Juan's mom and her husband

    July 8, 2017 in Colombia

    We spent the morning at my mother-in-law's pool, then she and her husband took us to a delicious lunch in el centro at a place called San Valentin. It was delicious. I had a fish called mojarra roja🐟, patacones🍌, veggies and a salad🥗...with my favorite drink: lemonada con coco🍋🍹yummm

  • Day5

    Happy 31st to me!

    July 9, 2017 in Colombia

    My husband took us to his friend's "finca" - a small "farm house" in Turbaco, about half an hour outside of Cartagena. It was beautiful, very green with lots of plants and flowers. We had delicious appetizers - patacones with queso costeño and suero, yuca, and chicharrones. And after eating and visiting with his friends, we had some bbqed chicken and meat, with a fresh salad and sweet plantains. Then they surprised me with a coconut cake and coconut pie. I don't have any pictures of that, but here's link to his instagram with the video: more

  • Day9

    El Colegio del Cuerpo presentation

    July 13, 2017 in Colombia

    This presentation put on by Juan's uncle Alvaro was absolutely amazing! He collaborated with a group is South African musicians. The performance was beautiful. And we made the local newspaper!
    "El Colegio del Cuerpo y Buskaid Soweto String Ensemble presentaron un espectáculo de música y danza contemporánea en el Centro de Convenciones."Read more

  • Day23

    Islands, round 2 Mangrove tour

    July 27, 2017 in Colombia

    We went on a boat tour through the local mangroves. It was very interesting, I'd never seen anything like it before. Peaceful and pretty. There were tiny crabs everywhere! To get to the mangroves, we walked through the village where the natives live. They live bert simple, but they are such happy people. They have all they!Read more

  • Day32

    "Fake" birthday dinner with friends

    August 5, 2017 in Colombia

    Dinner at Mistura...The food was amazing...delicious ceviche, octopus, calamari, salmon, and meat. And the service was great. Meche told the waiter is was my birthday - to get free dessert- so they sang happy birthday and brought an ariquipe pudding to the table. Then we went to Alquimica, a cocktail bar in el centro, and hungout, drank and danced the night away.
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  • Day57


    August 26, 2017 in Colombia

    Nach einer wunderschönen Zeit in Medellín verlassen wir das Zentrum Kolumbiens und reisen per Nachtbus nach Cartagena im Norden. Dort wollen wir wenn alles klappt mit dem Boot nach Panama übersetzen. Sollen laut Mitarbeiter ca 11 Stunden Busfahrt sein. Nach (¡sechzehn!) Stunden kommen wir endlich an. Also raus aus dem kühlschrank-artigen Bus und... puhh... erschlagen von einer Hitze.
    Kaum angekommen stellt sich allerdings raus, dass vom hier aus zumindest kein Speedboot fährt, und Tanja ist kein Fan vom Segeln... also quartiern wir uns erstmal paar Tage hier ein, genießen unser Hotel mit Pool (jaaaaa, Pool) und das Meer mit Badewannentemperatur ist auch nicht weit entfernt. Aber man merkt auch gleich, dass hier alles etwas touristischer ist, es sprechen immerhin ein paar Leute Englisch und die Preise sind auch etwas höher. Deshalb liegt unser schlecht bewertetes (warum auch immer) Hotel auch etwas außerhalb und ist mit ca 11€ pro Person nicht soviel teurer als zuletzt. Essen gehn kann man einigermaßen günstig für 2,50€, solang man sich möglichst von Touristen fern hält. Da wird es dann schon teurer. Aber auch wir gönnen uns mal diesen Luxus und gehen mal etwas besser essen, dann halt für knapp 6€. Lokales Bier kostet im Restaurant ca 1,50 im Supermarkt 0,58€. Geht..
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