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  • Day30

    Finca Manantial - an english mens labor

    August 22, 2019 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    We are camping on the farm of an english men called Graham . He came here in 1973 and bought this beautiful property and started farming . We camp between goats, pigs, turkeys ,ducks and our next door neighbor is a huge colorful bird. The path next to the camper is the autobahn of the leafcutter ants . So nice to be in nature again after all the city life!Read more

    Traveling Polymath

    What a great video of the ants. I loved the description of the pathway as an autobahn 😀


    Wirklich beeindruckend diese Ameisen - Gabi



  • Day5


    September 21, 2019 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Erster Stopp unserer Kreuzfahrt

    Cartagena ist eine wunderschöne Stadt im colonialen Stil, mit vielen kleinen Gassen und bunten Häusern welche oft mit Balkonen und vielen Blumen verziert sind.

    Neben dem alten Stadtkern mit einer Vielzahl von Geschäften und Restaurants, gibt es einen sehr modernen Geschäftsteil mit hohen Gebäuden und einer großen Skyline.

    Das Wetter ist nicht so auf unserer Seite, aber wir haben die Stadt trotz alledem zu Fuß und mit dem Hop-On-Hop-Off-Bus erkundet und waren positiv überrascht.
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  • Day7

    Cartagena, Colombia

    December 24, 2014 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 77 °F

    This morning we sailed into Cartagena, Colombia. Colombia conjures up many images for me including drug cartels and the places and activities we all saw in "Romancing the Stone". It was unexpected in that the people were friendly and the old town was rich with lovely architecture, fruit vendors and some of the most saturated paint colors I have ever seen.
    As you can see from the photos, there is an interesting juxtaposition of old and new. Jim and Nancy were anchored in their boat here 20 years ago at which time there were virtually no highrises.
    We keep reminding ourselves that it is Christmas Eve. We will be entertaining the Kleinschmidt's in our suite tonight with room service pizza and a movie-our schedule has been so busy, we need a quiet night while we wait for Santa. We have visions of emeralds dancing in our heads (we are in Colombia after all)! We will toast Christmas with a glass of Limoncello, because nothing says Christmasm like Limoncello.
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    Roland Zimmerman

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  • Day160

    Cartagena, Colombia

    June 9, 2019 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    So jetzt ist es soweit unsere Füße betraten am 07.06.2019 colombianischen Boden!
    Die Tage verbringen wir mit einer Free Walking Tour, Schlendern durch die Altstadt, Eis essen, Besuch der Burg "Castillo San Felipe de Barajas" von wo man den perfekten Ausblick über die Altstadt als auch auf das sogenannte "little Miami" das kommerzielles Viertel von Cartagena hat!
    Die Altstadt ist wunderschön und mit ihren engen aber sehr sehr gepflegten Gasen erinnerte sie mich an Croatien!😉👍
    Nebenbei werden wir von einer Gruppe Jugendlicher überrascht die im Freestyle für uns rappen!👍
    Die Stimmung ist ausgelassen und es spielt überall Musik! Im Park wird getanzt und die alten Männer spielen unbeeindruckt Domino oder Schach! Das Flair der Altstadt zieht einen sofort in seinen Band!❤
    Aber auch die Neustadt hat vieles zu bitten! So zum Beispiel entdecken wir nicht weit unseres Hostels ein Straße die wohl den Straßenkünstlern überlassen wurde die diese in eine Freilichtgalerie verwandelt haben! Überall unglaubliche Graffitis und Menschen die Tanzen, Essen und Spaß haben!
    Vor einer Kirche hat sich anscheinend eine Tanzschule versammelt die ihr bestes präsentiert!
    Überrschadenderweise sind garnicht so viele weiße Touristen zu sehen!😏
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  • Day177

    Cartagena, Colombia

    April 12, 2017 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    First steps on a new land.

    Let me tell you why I'm loving South America so far. Land, for starters, was very well recieved - aside from a very long wait at 'customs'. We never actually saw a customs agent or even a customs sign, but after several hours lying on our bags on the dock, the captain returned our passports with entry stamps valid for 90 days and didn't charge us a dime. No qualms there. Almost instantly after we left, I couldn't help but be overwhelmed by the cleanliness. It was first world; no rubbish, no graffiti, limited dirt and even fewer puddles of stagnant stinking water. After the last few months of dirty cities, it actually came as a bit of a shock that this standard still exists! At least in part of the city...

    None of our crew had bookings for the first night in Cartagena, so we all ended up at the same hostel, dominating the 13 bed dorm. Showers, dinner and an early night were much needed by all. Nonetheless, we made it to the local plaza for dinner and a dose of culture. While you lot have been planning easter and simultaneously battening the hatches, we've almost overlooked it altogether. How foolish. Easter in South America is known as Santa Semana and it is not taken lightly. It's a week long festival where Colombians holiday, fiesta and spend time with their families. We'll be spending the next week hating it, loving it and regularly being blindsided by its extreme and sporadic difference from the norm. This night, luckily was one to enjoy (somewhat wearily) as the square packed out with all kinds of entertainment and vendors creating a very lively scene. It was short lived this time but it won't be our last!

    Again, we're staying near the old part of Cartagena (read: newly refurbished and well maintained). It's absolutely stunning at almost every turn. Brightly coloured and delightfully detailed colonial buildings line the streets, balconies bloom with bougainvilleas and ancient fortifications blend boldy into the hills and headlands. On top of this about a million Columbian (or Cartagenian) flags flutter in the Caribbean breeze which also ripples water in a stunning harbour enveloped by fairly decent beaches (I have a very high standard when it comes to beaches - based on popularity these might be considered 'nice' beaches). It's nudged Antigua off its perch as our most beautiful city to date, hands down.

    On our first morning we tagged along on a free walking tour in the baking heat (it goes without saying now doesn't it?) and explored the old city. It was actually really interesting but I won't bore you with all the detail - just my favourites.
    - Cartagena was established unsurprisingly as a port to trade with the old world. By 'trade' I mean import and export slaves and gold. It's numerous fortifications were (unlike many others we've visited) seriously put to the test, falling numerous times to pirates (including the notorious Francis Drake, after whom the main channel in the BVIs is named) and very nearly to the English - each time being rebuilt bigger and stronger with more firepower and increasing levels of complexity and strategy.
    - Cartagena doesn't have a natural water supply. Water was collected during the rainy season and had to last all of the dry season - or else. Water nowadays is diverted from the nearest fresh water supply via an aquaduct so Cat and I can have hot showers 'til the cows come home.

    After our tour we visited the fort of all forts; Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. Our lack of spanish let us down on the history of this one (later recovered through wikipedia readings) but it didn't stop us appreciating the scale of fort and it's prime location with 360 degree views of the city.

    We also found time to visit what will be our last beach for a long time - playa Castillo Grande. It included a visit to a distinctively different region. The colonial town turns quickly to skyscrapers (largely hotels or apartments) all of which are curiously painted entirely white. At the base of the towers is everything American including a horrendously busy and touristy playa Bocagrande (do not visit!). Witnessing the local fisherman on form was great entertainment. They hauled in a net out of nowhere, longer than the entire length of the beach. It took half a dozen burly men on each end, followed by much frolicking in the shallows before their catch was revealed: barely enough to feed a couple of familes. As we've come to expect, most of the fish were sold before they reached the beach!

    Another short stop for us, but this time we'd done what we came to do and were happy to move on. We're sad to say goodbye to our boat mates but grateful for their company and advice, hasta luego! We've got our first overnight bus (to Medellín) coming up - not too thrilled about it but chuffed not to lose a precious day on transport!
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  • Day1

    Cartagena, Colombia

    October 4, 2017 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    After a full day of travel, we arrived in Cartagena in the evening. We found our hotel, went out to dinner, then came back and slept for a solid 12 hours.

    Cartagena is a beautiful city with lots of brightly colored Caribbean style houses and streets. We wandered around the old town looking at fortresses, palaces, and old colonial style buildings. We also ate a lot of really good food. All around town you can find restaurants that serve a "meal of the day" which generally consists of some type of meat (many varieties, almost all delicious), rice (or even better, coconut rice), salad, and plantains or french fries. Some come with beans as well.

    We also went to this crazy communist themed restaurant/bar called KGB. Don't really understand it. It was strange.
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  • Day11


    January 24, 2019 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    (English below) Gisteren zijn we vertrokken uit het mooie Cartagena. Na twee leuke dagen in de kleurrijke straten en toffe rooftop bars is het tijd voor de volgende stop: Medellin.

    Yesterday we left the beautiful city called Cartagena. We spent two nights there, enjoying its colorful streets and fun rooftop bars. Next stop: Medellin.Read more

  • Day17

    Cartegena, Columbia

    January 15, 2019 in Colombia ⋅ 🌬 30 °C

    We broke our usual rule here and took one of the ships tours. A bit of a mistake really as we could have got a taxi into the old town and simply wandered through the beautiful streets. However the horse drawn carriage ride was relaxing and saved energy on a hot day, 32+ degrees!
    A bit of a tourist trap is the old town with hawkers pestering you all the time but at least they were good natured. Our only purchase was a colourful t-shirt ready for the tropical evening on board that night. Our table did us proud and hopefully you will be able to see some pics in a later footprint. Good Abba show last night followed by the pool party.
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