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Travel Blogs from Cartagena
... back to Cartagena. I can safely say I've never watched football on a boat before but I can now tick that one off my bucket list! That night we went out for a couple of drinks in Cartagena old town, which, again, was very nice, but I think it's safe to say that we won't be visiting any more beautiful old colonial towns for a while.
What we learnt
There are a ridiculous amount of taxis operating in Cartagena - ...
... of my hostel was wrong in order to scrape a few extra pesos by taking us to a different place and then charging more to take us to the original, my patience was wearing pretty thin. Anyway he gave me the 'I'm watching you' look as he got back in his cab, evidently dissatisfied that he had clearly been rumbled, as I refused to pay the extra. You live and learn..
Finally onto Cartagena, via an epic 15 hour bus journey. Cartagena is a beautiful ...
... food being continually paraded past us, swam, and practiced our Spanish (still terrible). For dinner we splashed out a little - went to a lovely little restaurant, purchased a delicious large whole fish (Mojarra) with Plantain (my new favourite food! A cousin of the banana but tasting more like a potato) chips and salad.
The following day we visited the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, a fortress which had been constructed ...
... of the faults and frictions in my life to anyone's and everyone's doing but my own, thereby avoiding a lot of questions I should have been asking myself. In short, I had become an expert at eluding "truth". (If most of us remain ignorant of ourselves, it is because self-knowledge is painful and we prefer the pleasures of illusion.) Eventually I came to see that everything must be questioned, that all the answers can only be found within, and that ...
... historical town, Villa de Leyva.
Villa de Leyva
Villa de Leyva, however, did not disappoint. It is a beautiful small cobble stone street town situated in green, mountainous countryside. Despite its small size there are many restaurants, bars and interesting places to visit, as well as a decent population of people.
So with many cultural points to gain, we set off early on the first day and visited the house/museum of ...
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