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Barranquilla

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  • Day191

    13.1 Carnival

    March 2, 2019 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    No time to relax; on the same day of arrival in Cartagena we spontaneously and immediately (after waiting 3 h for the entry stamp) took a Uber to the bus terminal from which we rode a bus to Barranquilla, a dangerous, dirty, stinking, ugly piece of asphalt and concrete that somehow managed to host the second biggest carnival in the world! So they claim.

    Well and it was huge!
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  • Day62

    Food & Drinks Part II

    December 8, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Here a few culinary-photographs:
    1.) drinking a super yummy lemonade, made out of coconut water and lemongrass in Cusco, Peru (will definitely try to recreate it at home)
    2.) eating churros - what can I say? You can tell by my happy face!
    3.) eating trucha („Forelle“) with lots of garlic - I was kinda smelly for 2 days and had some stomach problems after, but it was worth it, haha!
    4.) trying „obleas“ in Guatape for the first time, a kind of waffle with Marmelade, Karamell, honey and.... cheese - we bought it from the cutest old lady ever, we liked her, but not the oblea.
    5.) did you recognize it? SPÄTZLE! KÄSSPÄTZLE! We missed it so much, we had to cook it.
    6.) Chontadura - a fruit, which tastes like a mix between pumpkin and potato, usually eaten with salt or in an empanada, super yummy!
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  • Day56

    Barranquilla

    January 14 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Auf meinem Weg von Santa Marta nach Cartagena habe ich einen Halt in Barranquilla gemacht. Barranquilla ist eine Industriestadt und die viertgrößte Stadt Kolumbiens. Ich habe vorher schon Kolumbianer kennengelernt, die mir dann Barranquilla gezeigt haben. Während meines Aufenthalts in Barranquilla habe ich keinen einzigen anderen Ausländer gesehen, das liegt vorallem daran, dass die meisten Touristen zum Carneval nach Barranquilla fahren. Der Carneval von Barranquilla ist nach Río de Janeiro der zweitgrößte der Welt. Also war ein Besuch des Carneval Museums ein Muss für mich. Das Museum ist sehr gut und zeigt die Geschichte des Carnevals von Barranquilla, aber auch die verschieden Carneval und Fasnetbräuche rund um die Welt, wie z. B. Basel. In einem Stockwerk werden auch die Kleider der vorherigen Karnevalsköniginnen gezeigt, die sehr beeindruckend sind.Read more

  • Day8

    Barranquilla

    February 21 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Nach dem Flug von Medellín wurden wir am Flughafen mit lauter Musik (Live DJ) und einem Freibier empfangen. Der Carneval ist schon im Gange. Auf dem Weg zum Taxi gab es gleich mal das zweite Bier umsonst. Auf einem Markt für Carneval Bekleidung trafen wir zufällig Korbi und Annika. Direkt daneben war die vom Camilo empfohlene Salsa Bar La Troja. Dort lief nicht nur Salsa sondern alles querbeet (Musik aus Barranquilla ). Es war eine riesengroße Party mit Rum, Bier, Schaum aus Dosen zum bespritzen und Maismehl um damit rum zu werfen. Die Taschendiebe versuchen dort was zu ergattern. Bei Korbi wurde versucht in die Hosentasche zu greifen und bei mir war der Reisverschluss der Handtasche offen, nachdem irgendjemand in der Menge auf den Boden gefallen ist und alle ganz hektisch wurden. Meine Tasche hatte noch Knöpfe, deshalb kam der Taschendieb nicht weit. Und zu holen gab es auch nichts da ich die Wertsachen immer im Bauchgürtel trage.
    Am nächsten Tag gingen wir zum Carnevalsumzug an die Via 40. Dort trafen wir unsere Freunde aus München. Nach 5,5 Stunden war der Umzug vorbei und wir gingen dann zu einer Megagroßen Party (Calle 70) wo ein ganzer Block dafür abgesperrt wurde. Das Anstehen mit heftigen gequetschte war schlimm, vor allem weil es eine Stunde gedauert hat. Für 12000 COP gab es zum Eintritt auch ein Bier und Energydrink dazu. Die ganze Straße war eine Riesen Disco. Eine Bühne mit DJs nach dem anderen und tausende Menschen die tanzten. Auf der Suche nach einem Taxi wurden wir von einer Frau gefragt ob wir ein Taxi brauchen. Sie meinte wir mussten noch ein Stück der Straße entlang laufen. Aus Interesse fragen wir einen Bus ob er in die Nähe unseres Hotels fährt. Er meinte nein. Also liefen wir weiter. Dann hören wir wie irgendjemand „Gringo“ schreit. Wir haben es nicht kapiert dass wir gemeint waren. Aber als der Bus an uns vorbei gefahren ist hat er nochmal geschriehen: „Gringo kommt mit“. Also sind wir in den Bus gestiegen. Wir standen an der offenen Türe weil der Bus Knall voll war. Zufälliger Weise war die Frau von vorher auch im Bus. Sie meinte wir können bis ganz in die Nähe des Hotels fahren, und dann ein Taxi nehmen. Ein anderer Typ im Bus hat gefragt ob wir Hilfe brauchen. Er erklärte uns das gleiche. Als wir ausgestiegen sind sagte die Frau dass sie uns erst zum Hotel bringt und dann nach Hause geht. Es ist sicherer! Sie musste in eine komplett andere Richtung. Als sie dann ein Taxi gesehen hat, hat sie es für uns organisiert. So eine Hilfsbereitschaft haben wir echt noch nie erlebt!
    Am zweiten Tag des Carnevals haben wir ebenfalls mit Annika und Korbi gefeiert. Nach dem Umzug waren wir nur noch zu zweit unterwegs. Erstmal sind wir zu unserem leckeren Arepa Verkäufer gegangen. Dort wurden wir von einem komischen Typ angelabbert. Eine feiernde Familie hat es gesehen und uns sofort zu denen gezogen. Wir sollen bei denen bleiben weil der typ keine guten Absichten hat. Wir sind eine Familie, wir passen auf euch auf. Haben sie gesagt! Nach ein paar Stunden tanzen gingen wir Richtung Hotel und sahen wir noch eine Bar auf hat. Dort stießen wir tanzend dazu. Eine Familie war ganz begeistert dass Touristen da waren und so gefeiert haben, dass sie uns gleich filmen mussten. Wir tanzten und tranken den ganzen Abend mit ihnen. Nachdem die Bar geschlossen hatte, wurde die Party auf der Terrasse nebenan weiter geführt. Mit einer Riesen Musikbox und ein Haufen kalt gestellter Getränke ging es ganz schön ab. Ilsa, Marta, Margarita und Antonio waren sehr nett und freundlich.
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  • Day135

    The Sunday Parade

    February 11, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Richer from the experience of the day before, we had a clear plan in mind for the day. We started off earlier around 11 am as planned. This day we decided to go further up on Via 40, directly where the palcos were. There were vendors selling caps, foams etc on the street side. We entered the public area and started going from one palco to another exposing ourselves to various touts so we could pitch them against each other. We had also planned our location well. We wanted to be nearer the start of the parade since the day before when we were in the middle of the Via 40,we had realized that a lot of groups would get tired dancing in the searing sun by the time they reached our seats. But, we didn't want to be right at the start since most groups would have be trying to get organized in their dances etc.
    Keeping that in mind, we marked 3-4 palcos where we would try and get our tickets and this day we decided to get into the palcos since they afforded a better view of the parade.
    Keeping all these factors in mind, we managed to pitch a few touts against each other and negotiate the price down from 60000 COP to 25000 COP per person in one of the palcos right in the front row at a nice elevated position above the Via 40 road. Our palco even had a live band that kept is entertained till the parade started. They even gave us free coffee, caps, bags and some snacks being sponsored by a local pub. We were extremely happy with the deal and our place and the live band was quite useful since the parade started at 2:30 pm about 1.5 hours later than scheduled 😎
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  • Day133

    The competition

    February 9, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    At one end of the blocked street of Carrera 50, was the stage where the competition was taking place. There were groups competing in different categories. There was live singing in different genres and there were some groups with fantastic dancing troupes performing live on their songs. Hristo and Maria too joined after a while. It was a fun filled event.Read more

  • Day134

    Tickets for the Saturday Parade

    February 10, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    The parade was set to begin at 1 pm along the Via 40 street. I had tried to enquire on the evening before about the time, the cost of the tickets and where to get them. Interestingly, none knew where to buy the tickets. For the time, they suggested going around 11 am to get good places. The owner of my hostel also suggested that instead of the palcos that were quite expensive, we could look for places organized by private people. These, people normally put up plastic chairs just behind the barrier and are much cheaper than the palcos (balconies). Armed with this information, we had agreed to meet at a junction nearby and from there, go on together to Via 40 which was about 700 mts away from there.
    In the morning, Hristo messaged and informed that the person at the reception had mentioned that he could arrange the tickets for the parade for 75, 000 COP per person. That offer did seem tempting considering that the entry for the Crowning of the Carnival Queen had been 100,000 COP per person. But, we had realized than that there was a cheaper (free) entrance as well so, it could also be possible that the parade too had a free/cheap place. We decided not to buy the tickets for him. When we met at the junction, we discussed this again. It was almost 12 pm. All the good places if they were free or cheap would have been taken up by now. We decided to buy the tickets from the guy at the hotel reception. Hristo was to run back, buy the tickets, while Maria and I would continue to Via 40 and then we would sync up after Hristo had the tickets and knew which place to go to. Maria didn't want us to split up and put her foot down firmly thats we'll all be together and go to the Via 40 amd when a woman does that, you've gotta listen 😁😁
    We all went to the Via 40 together. There were barricades everywhere and the police was searching and checking tickets. They had separate ques for men amd women. I was 1st in the que among the 3 of us. They checked my bag and let me in. No one asked for any tickets. Behind me, Hristo was stopped and asked if he had the tickets. He just pointed to me and was let in. Maria too was searched in the women's que and then asked if she had the ticket. She pointed to both of us and was let in 🤔
    Inside the barricade, there were touts selling tickets. Some of them at 60000 COP, some for 40000 COP. We couldn't really figure out why we were let in without the tickets and what tickets these touts were selling. There was an "official looking" ticket counter next to the barricade. We went and had a look. They were selling tickets for 30000 COP and a combo ticket for 2 days (Saturday and Sunday) for 50,000 COP.
    We just ignored all the touts and continued inside towards the Via 50. Just near the main road, we were stopped by a police guy who singled us out from the whole crowd moving in. He asked for our tickets and on telling we don't have any, asked us to go back to the barricades and go over to the other side of the partition barricade. We asked him where we could buy the tickets, for which he told that this area was reserved for the Navy and the entry was with passes only and that we could get the tickets on the other side.
    Something didn't really add up.. The people around us didn't really look like from the navy and what about the tickets being sold near the entry barricades or by the touts. 🤔 In any case, we didn't have an option since the police guy wasn't leaving us, so we walked back towards the entrance. Just before the entrance, we saw an opening in the partition barricade, where we could cross over to the other side. We crossed over and found ourselves in an area with a lot of private tents with plastic chairs selling the places from 30000 COP to 40000 COP per place. We continued walking along from one tent to another, checking out the prices and places. At the end of this private area, the area for the private balconies started. These were raised platform with chairs to sit on. Each palco had its own entrance and tickets. There were touts selling tickets to the various numbered palcos at different prices but most of them were quoting prices from 100,000 to even 300,000. After walking around for another 10 min, we decided that of we could get a front row seat in one of the private tents, it would be a much better deal than paying 100,000 for a slightly raised seat, that too quite behind since the palcos were already filling up fast. So, we negotiated a price of 70,000 COP for the 3 of us and found a place in the second row in one of the private area. There were people sitting on the floor in front of us but we still had an amazing view.
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  • Day134

    Floats

    February 10, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    The parade started at around 1 pm, the first of the participants came just about 20 - 30 late but that was quite acceptable considering the Latin American standards. 😉
    From our place right next to the road, we had a good feel of the show but the barriers and the police guys standing on the outside of the barricade were constantly in our line of sight.

    Some of the beautiful floats in the Saturday Parade.
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  • Day279

    Brief Visit to Barranquilla

    May 4, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    While we were in Cartagena, we decided to take a day trip to Barranquilla, about 115 kilometres away. The bus was small and while there were no live chickens on-board, we were cramped in the bus as if we were chickens or sardines. With no leg room for two tall gringos, we spent the next three hours trying to get comfortable and avert deep vein thrombosis.

    Barranquilla is the largest city in the northern Caribbean coast of Colombia, but it's main claim to fame is that it is home to Sofía Vergara and Shakira (and our friend Steph). Just prior to our visit, Sofía Vergara had returned home causing a media sensation. We went in search of Shakira but could only find buses promoting the city's love for the singer. A bit like our ongoing search for the ever-allusive sloth, we left the city without catching sight of Sofía or Shakira (and Steph exited a long-time ago).

    Next stop: Panamá City via Cartagena
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  • Day133

    The hostel party

    February 9, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ 🌙 25 °C

    I reached back the hostel at around 11 pm. The young owners had organized a party inside the hostel. They had invited 7 DJs from around Barranquilla and the news had been spread during the day about the party. The back courtyard was packed with people by the time I reached back. A local party at the hostel with all my new friends from the hostel, was something I wasn't going to miss. We partied to the beats of the local latino music till early in the morning.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Barranquilla, بارانكويلا, Горад Баранкілья, Баранкиля, Барранкилья, Μπαρρανκίγια, ברנקייה, BAQ, バランキージャ, ბარანკილია, 바랑키야, Barankilija, ब्यारेन्क्विला, ਬਾਰਾਙਕੀਯਾ, بارانکولا, Barranquilha, Баранкиља, บาร์รังกียา, Барранкілья, Barrankilya, 巴冷基也, 巴兰基亚

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