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  • Day56


    January 14, 2020 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

  • 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

  • Day131

    Cartagena to Barranquilla

    February 7, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Our checkin at the hostel in Barranquilla was after 2 pm so we were not in a particular hurry to get there. We woke up late and had a nice breakfast nearby. After that, we took a taxi to the Berlinas bus terminal and took the 12 pm bus. The ticket was 20000 COP per person.
    Like in Cartagena, the bus terminal in Barranquilla was outside of the town. We got off the air-conditioned bus and immediately felt the heat. We checked on and found that our hostel was 5 kms from the bus terminal. We took a taxi from outside the terminal and reached the hostel around 2:30 pm.
    Here, once again we had problems with our booking at Casa Tropicalia. I had booked 3 beds in a 4 bed mixed dormitory. There, they wanted Hristo and me to stay in one of the 4 bed dormitory for men and Maria in another 4 bed dormitory for women. We wanted to stay in one room only but were told that all the beds, everything was fully booked. We were not happy with this since I had booked the beds some 8 months in advance so we would get a good price in the area we wanted. But, we had realized by now this was mainly due to a mismatch in how manages the dormitory beds and how the hostels manage their available beds. We reconciled with the fact that we couldn't do much, but Hristo and Maria wanted to stay together so we decided that I would continue with the stay at Casa Tropicalia while they would find something reasonable nearby. The booking at Casa Tropicalia was for 355000 COP per person for 8 nights. Finding anything reasonable at the last minute just one day before the carnival was next to impossible. After checking in for a while, they found a room for 2 for 8 nights for 1462000 COP (731000 COP per person for 8 nights). Despite it being double the cost per person, the actual price was quite reasonable when converted to Euros and the cost of the room in Europe. The Hotel Ballesteros was about 2 blocks away, so we decided to walk over and directly try and negotiate a lower price before canceling the booking at Casa Tropicalia. At the hotel, the price they quoted was much higher than what we had seen on We decided to have our lunch and in the meantime try and book it via
    The vegetarian part of the meal was a fantastic mix of red beans with rice and eggs. While having our food, Hristo was able to book the room at the earlier price, so as soon as we had finished the meal, we went back to the hotel and they got the room for the price on 😁
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  • Day132

    Around Barranquilla

    February 8, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    8th of Feb was the first day of main carnival days. This is the day when the Queen of the Carnival is officially crowned and then performs for almost an hour, but the program was at 8 in the evening so we had decided to walk and enjoy the city during the day. By the time we got up, got ready and had breakfast, it was nearly 11am. After that, we spent almost 2 hours trying to get Maria's iPhone unlocked (actually 2 hours more after I reached their hotel. They had been at it since early in the morning 🤤). It had got locked the previous night and all the bank transaction codes etc were configured on it only, so it was quite urgent to get it working. Finally, around 1:30 pm, it got unlocked. With no fixed plan for the day, we decided to walk from Bella Vista, where we were living to Barrio Abajo where all the histle bustle and the famous churches of Barranquilla are. Our first stop on the way was La Inmaculada church. The city in some ways reminded me of Chandigarh my home town. The streets were wide and surrounded by flowered trees and grass covered sidewalks. Every few meters there were sculptures and other decorations in the middle of the street separators.Read more

  • Day132

    Carnival mood in the streets

    February 8, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    The streets of Barranquilla were all gearing up for the carnival and we could see the carnival decorations everywhere.
    The main characters of Carnaval are la Negrita Puloy (black women wearing red short skirt and top with white polka dots), la Marimonda (masked character with a long nose and big ears appears like a monkey mixed with an elephant dressed in bright, mismatched colors), el Monocuco (costume consist of a large colored robe with a hood to cover the face, this robe are all different and their unique style. It also consist of a mask that cover the rest of the face with a piece of cloth), el Toro (the bull), el Rey Momo (Momo the king of the Carnival with a crown and staff in the hand), and el Congo (dressed as war dancers from Congo with colourful satin pants with patches and ribbons with huge hats with rows of flowers) along with the Queen of Carnival. Images of these characters make up the majority of the Carnival decorations, but people also use bright colored streamers, giant replicas of tropical flowers, and the colors representative of the city of Barranquilla: black, red, green, and yellow to decorate their house and apartments, and to adorn supermarkets, shopping malls, and the city itself.Read more

  • Day134

    Dinner at Parrillia Lebanese

    February 10, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ 🌙 27 °C

    It was a fantastic day... We really enjoyed ourselves. Our tent had been packed during the parade. The people were throwing foam and white flour at each other. It was full fun and party. But, as soon as the parade ended, the locals running these sitting places started stacking up the chairs and within a few seconds everything was ready to be locked for the day.
    From the parade, we went to a Lebanese restaurant we had seen in the last few days but had not gone in yet. We had our dinner at Parrillia Lebanese and the vegetarian fare for the day was a meze plate with a nice mix of chickpeas, mashed brinjal paste, falafel etc. The food was good but we ran into trouble towards the end of the meal when the bill came. It had been a grand meal and we had topped 100,000 COP. Hristo realized that he might not have enough money for the food. After emptying out all the pockets, we still ran a few tens of thousands less. Luckily, I was carrying some money and we managed to just reach the bill amount with nothing left for a tip 😈
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  • Day135

    Verbenas and Donkey Rooms

    February 11, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    From the parade, we went towards the town. There were parties going on everywhere.

    Verbanas are open, free-access spaces, where people can dance, eat and enjoy themselves with different activities. Verbenas are presumed to have appeared as early as the beginnings of the 20th century when surprise-visiting a residence by friends was a common activity. These surprise-visits should be assumed completely and without any hesitation by the owner of the residence as a rendezvous point for making a party. These carnival dancing encounters were commonplace in the middle-upper and upper class and were a spread activity until the official appearance of dancing rooms hosted by nightclubes and hotels.
    Donkey Rooms are semi-open, free access rooms where people met to dance and enjoy themselves. That particular, curious name came from the fact people used to leave their donkeys tied to a post outside the room just before entering.

    We had our dinner at Terraza Arabe, an Arabic restaurant. The vegetarian fare for the evening was a falafel roll and some sweet baklava.
    After that, we all went back to our respective hostels. The day didn't end there. Back at my hostel, a party was going on again 😁😁 I joined the gang at the hostel and we continued dancing till early in the morning.
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  • Day137

    Tuesday of Carnaval

    February 13, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ 🌬 28 °C

    This the fourth and the last day of Carnival. The parade for this day is at a different venue. The parade starts at 4 pm and is on the Carrera 54.
    We were there at 4 pm. There are no tickets for this event. There are no stands either. We found some good places to stand in the shade. While we were waiting, a Raspados (shaved ice sweet. Chuski for those who are familiar with it from India) seller passed by. We stopped and tried the refreshing sweet.
    The parade started with some Cumbia dancers and we thought that this parade would be similar to that on the other days, but it turned out to be quite different...
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  • Day137

    Joselito se va con las Cenizas

    February 13, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ 🌬 28 °C

    Joselito se va con las Cenizas (Joselito Leaves With the Ashes)
    This the fourth and the last day of Carnival. It is marked by the death of Joselito. As a closing way, the burial of Joselito Carnaval is carried out, which symbolises the end of the festivities. On this day, many funny burials of Joselito are carried out across the city. This character symbolises the joy of the carnival. It is said that this character "resuscitate" the Saturday of Carnival and "dies" the last day, tired and drunken, to again resuscitate the next carnival. In this way, thousands of Barranquilla persons go out on the streets to cry the deceased with play-acting. Joselito Carnaval may be either a real person or a dummy, and it is used to be transported either within a coffin or stretches decorated with flowers and surrounded by its crying widows – these crying widows may be men disguised as women –. In addition to widows, there may be seen other characters as priests and orphans. It is uncertain of this character's origins.Read more

  • Day137

    Enacting Death of Joselito

    February 13, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ 🌬 27 °C

    A lot of the groups were play acting the death of the character representing Joselito. Everyone around would start crying and beating their chests. Then a priest would come and help resurrect the Joselito. It was a fun evening.
    The last of the groups passed by around 5:30 pm. After that, we walked around in this region of the town and found a good place baking fresh pizzas. We sat out in the open having freshly baked pizzas and a variety of local desserts.
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