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  • Day198

    13.3 Cartagena (again)

    March 9, 2019 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Because I didn’t get to explore Cartagena after we arrived with the sailboat, I stayed there for some nights. Luckily there was a film festival in the city for that time and you could watch movies from all over the world for free.

    One of my favourites: Still Recording (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8988660/)
    A documentary about the war in Syria. I can’t say much about it, you just have to see it for yourselves. (recommendation)
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  • Day15

    Castillo San Felipe de Barajas 

    October 22, 2019 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    The San Felipe castle was built in 1536 and was the most important defence weapon against invadors. Especially when britain under Edward Vernon attacked the city in 1741. The spaniards were outnumbered by one to ten but still could hold the castle unter the lead of Blas de Lezo who just had one eye, one arm and one leg. Vernon was so convinced about the victory he sent home coins in advance about his victory...well that did not happen. The coins are visible on the statue of Blas de Lezo infront of the castle.Read more

  • Day89

    Auf der Big Fish 2

    November 28, 2017 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Wir waren für die nächsten 5 Tage eine bunt gemischte Truppe aus Europäern auf dem Schiff. Ein dänisches, deutsches und englisches Paar sowie zwei Holländer waren nun unsere Weggefährten. Das Schiff wurde von Capi und Ray, zwei Kolumbianern gesegelt. Amy war unsere Köchin. Neben Burger, Fleisch, Curry, zauberte sie einmal sogar frischen Hummer auf den Tisch. 8 Hummer für 30 USD frisch eingekauft bei den Kunas, den Einheimischen auf den San Blas Inseln.

    Das Abenteuer startete von Cartagena aus um 21:00. In der Dunkelheit liefen wir aus dem Hafen von Cartagena aus. Die Skyline und der Hafen waren in der Dunkelheit beeindruckend. 36 Stunden waren wir danach auf hoher See. 8 von 10 Mitreisenden mussten bei ordentlichem Wellengang dann auch dem "Neptun opfern" Zitat Grossdädy. Mir gings nicht schlecht und ich erlebte auf der Überfahrt auf Deck, wie uns einige Delfine neben dem Schiff folgten. Leider hatte ich meine Kamera nicht oben und habe keinen Schnappschuss machen können.
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  • Day514

    Finding Elvis

    October 12, 2017 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    We arrived in Cartegena a couple of days after Elvis. The sailing trip through the San Blas was unbelievably stunning, but after 5 days (particularly after a rolling last 40 hours) we were glad to get off the boat. We checked into a hostel around the corner and I immediately set off to start to find Elvis.

    As we got there some folks we knew from loading, who flew instead of sailing, were just finishing off. It sounds like they had a bit of a nightmare with customs twice blocking the release of their vehicles. At one stage they had them out of the containers only to be forced to reload them, and pay for the privilege.

    Knowing this we were expecting a difficult few days. Fortunately I had Greg, our container partner, alongside me and the two of us muddled through the bureaucracy. Customs had also opened and blocked our container, but as we weren't there we didn't get hit with all the extra charges the others did.

    After 2.5 days we finally freed ourselves of red tape and Elvis was released into South America!

    We somehow managed to squeeze him into the front of hostel despite being a foot too long, but finally we could relax and enjoy the city of Cartegena.

    Its a gorgeous city with a huge marina and an old town with massive defensive walls. It is crazy hot - taking on even León, Nicaragua and probably winning. When I got the van out of the port it was 47C inside, and walking around the town was a sweaty business, even in the evening. As the sun went down and the temperatures settled around 30C for the night, the old plazas started to get packed with people - either enjoying the amazing street food, chatting over a cold beer or for the more energetic salsa exercise classes in the square.

    It's one of the most stunning cities I've ever visited, but the heat, dragging Maya around on a lead, and partying with our boat mates had taken its toll and we soon got desperate to get back into the countryside.

    Fortunately we had a spot nearby recommend to us, and we found the most welcoming hosts in Gloria & Alviero. They were super helpful, and even spent a couple of hours patiently chatting to us in our bad Spanish. We discovered an ants nest had taken hold under the bed so we had to strip and clean the whole back of the van out, which was probably long overdue.
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  • Day16

    San Felipe

    December 8, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    The hilltop fortress protecting Cartagena. Started in the late 16th century and expanded in the 17th. Never captured. The first pic looks at the fort from a distance. Then some pictures of various parts of the fort. The bell was the alarm when enemies were sighted. The last pic is of the barracks, now a series of shops.Read more

  • Day4

    Castillo San Felipe de Barajas Cartegena

    December 20, 2019 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    The departure from Santa Marta was sedate, as was the rest of the evening. However Cartagena beckoned in the morning.

    An early start to beat the breakfast rush, we ate and packed for the day before heading on deck for the sail in which was spectacular. Having to navigate around islands before coming into port in Cartegena gave us views over the new high rises and the old town alike, sat side by side in glorious sunshine.

    The port is unique in having a mini zoo at the entrance and we were treated to a plethora of birds as we headed for the taxi rank. A lovely chap named Manuel was our taxi driver and gave us an excellent running tour of Cartegena as we headed in to the Old Town. From the drop off at the clock tower, we headed back to a few photo stops he pointed out on our drive. The coloured and graffitied houses of Getsemani were lively and exciting, as was much of the vibe of the city.

    Whilst we mostly stuck to the shade, the walk out of the Old Town to the San Felipe fort was unshaded and the heat was already sweltering at 10am. The fort itself was massive, full of tunnels to explore that were designed to carry sound so intruders could be detected. Building began in the mid-17th Century and it was never taken...although whether that is due to the impressive fortifications or the unbelievable heat that just leads you to needing a long sit down is up for debate!

    The views from the castle over the city were incredible, as we sheltered under a pagoda and indulged in a bit of free wifi! After wandering in and out of tunnels, and up and down endless stairs, we trekked down the fort and back towards the Old Town.
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  • Day171

    Cartagena de Indias - La Popa

    February 4, 2019 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Beim Frühstück an unserem Stammplatz in der Sonne lernen wir Nestor Ivan (32) kennen, ein Rechtsanwalt aus Armenia (bei Salento in der Kaffeezone). Tielke will heute nur chillen und nichts machen - ich allerdings möchte gerne mal wieder in die untouristischen Ecken der Stadt und habe mir in den Kopf gesetzt zum Hügel La Popa zu fahren und über den großen Mercado Cartagenas zu schlendern. Die Hosteljungs sind davon gar nicht begeistert und sehr besorgt um mich :), da diese Orte in sehr armen Vierteln liegen und deshalb für eine blonde Frau alleine zu gefährlich sind. Nestor bekommt das mit und fragt mich, ob er mich begleiten darf als mein Schutz. Haha, perfekt :)! Mit einem Taxi machen wir uns auf den Weg und haben von dem kleinen Kloster auf dem Cerro La Popa einen wundervollen Ausblick auf ganz Cartagena. Danach begeben wir uns in das Labyrinth des Mercados Cartagenas - man bekommt hier mal wieder alles - vom Plastikblumenschmuck über Elektrik, Kosmetik und Klamotten bis hin zu tropischen Früchten, Gemüse, Fleisch und Essensständen. Überall ist laut Musik und man läuft durch verschiedenste Düfte (nicht immer angenehm). An einem kleinen Essensstand lassen wir uns zwischen den Locals nieder, trinken eine Colombiana (die kolumbianische Coca Cola) und essen ein markttypisches Gericht - Arepas mit Ei, Salat, Reis, Linsen und einen Gehacktesball dazu :) lecker! Später fahren wir mit dem Bus zurück an die Küste, trinken Bier in einem Guckloch der Stadtmauer und machen einen langen Spaziergang an der Küste entlang. Verschwitzt und erschöpft ruhen wir uns im Hostel-Jacuzzi auf der Dachterasse aus. Ich lese ein wenig, wir hören Musik und quatschen bei ein paar Bierchen. Später gehe ich mit Tielke Abendessen in Getsemani - wir lernen John kennen, einen einheimischen Studenten, der uns gleich sein Lieblingsrestaurant zeigt - hier gibt es Quesodillo :) gefüllte Teigtaschen mit frischem Gemüse und Käse, lecker! Tielke macht sich dann schon ab ins Bett, da ihr Flug morgen früh geht. Nestor will unbedingt nochmal in die Altstadt ins Eivissa, eine angesagte Bar hier in Cartagena - wir trinken also noch ein paar Bier dort auf der Dachterasse, quatschen über alles mögliche (perfekt um mein Spanisch zu üben :)) und genießen das Nachtleben Cartagenas.Read more

  • Day12

    Castillo San Felipe de Barajas

    December 28, 2019 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Heute bin ich auf die tolle Idee gekommen die spanische Festung Castillo San Felipe de Barajas zu erklimmen. Bei Aussentemperaturen von 30 Grad und gefühlt 100% Luftfeuchtigkeit eine ziemliche Herausforderung.

    Heute war ich das erste Mal enttäuscht, dass ich nicht so viel Platz im Gepäck hab. Oben auf der Burg wurden alte Tür Knock-Knocks verkauft und ich hätte so gern eins mitgenommen.
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