Colombia
Barranquilla

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  • Day62

    Food & Drinks Part II

    December 8 in Colombia

    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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  • Day135

    The Sunday Parade

    February 11 in Colombia

    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 in Colombia

    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 in Colombia

    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 in Colombia

    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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  • Day133

    The hostel party

    February 9 in Colombia

    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

  • Day132

    Catedral Maria Reina

    February 8 in Colombia

    The next stop was the unique Cathedral of Queen Mary. It is a cathedral church dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The outside of the cathedral was totally barricaded in preparation of the upcoming carnival events, some of which were supposed to happen in the Bolivar park opposite. Maria found a way in from the backside and we managed to go in. It was beautiful with a very unique representation of Virgin Mary. There were huge mosaic glass windows with beautiful colored glass pieces.Read more

  • Day279

    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

    For video footage, see:
    https://youtu.be/i5u4c9Y37hs
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  • Day131

    Reconnaissance for the Carnival

    February 7 in Colombia

    After settling the stay issue, we decided to go to Via 40, the main road where the carnival was supposed to take place starting the next day. We just wanted to have a feel of things, just to get an idea about how the stalls are going to be, if there were shops or food stalls nearby etc. The Via 40 was about a km walk and it was quite dark by the time we reached there. A lot of workers were busy building up temporary stalls for viewing of the parade. There were no information brochures or anything. There was not much to do there, so we walked around in the area nearby. The houses had been decked up with carnival figures and buntings. The whole town seemed to be getting ready for the multiple day party. After walking around for a while, we went back to our hostels for an early night.Read more

  • Day131

    Start of the party time

    February 7 in Colombia

    Back at the hostel, I was preparing to sleep when Brian our 24 year old owner of the hostel came over and offered to take me along with the rest of the people at the hostel to a club where they were having the carnival pre-party. We packed ourselves in his car and went to the Michaelangelo club. It was a fun night out. There were people wearing costumes and dancing to the loud beats of the latino music. I also got introduced to all the inmates of the hostel while we danced together. We returned back at 1 am. So much for an early night 😁😁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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