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... a bit like raspberry and a bit like cherry. Nice, anyway!
We also tried some sweets from the stalls in the ‘passageway of the sweeties’ as immortalised by Gabriel Garcia Marquez in Love in the Time of Cholera. We went for some shredded coconut that had been set in sticky sugary stuff- one guava and one panela (sugar cane) caramel.
On our last day we went to the naval museum, which was funny in parts for just how partisan it ...
... fruit carts selling
fresh-squeezed juice and fresh coconuts. Music emanated from
somewhere, making the atmosphere a very lively vibe.
From the Old City, Jose took us to the Palacio de Inquisicion (Palace of
the Inquisition) built in 1610. It was used by the Spaniards for
torturing and punishing men for religious crimes. The building
contained jails and torture chambers that operated until 1821; when
the inquisitors were expelled by ...
... and using hot compresses instead of Ibuprofen, he should be in good shape. The big bummer though, for all of us, is that we had planned to fly from Cartagena to Medellin, a 1 1/2 hour flight and the SAME price as the 13 hour bus ride we now need to take, but cannot as the pressure in the plane will hurt the kids' ears. So, the plan is to take a night bus tomorrow, leaving at 7:30 pm, hoping to arrive by 8:30 am Thursday morning.
As far ...
... got them all checked in. I lay down for a 45 minute rest before dinner. I was really tired. We ate dinner and afterwards, the whole group wanted to walk down the street to find Isaac the tour guide and walk to Juan Valdez Coffee. I really wanted to go to the room to rest, but everyone else was going, so I went too.
After we returned, I checked my computer to see it the flight of the next airport run was on time. It ...
... dead streets looking for a bag, for me. All the street stores had packed up most likely because of the earlier rain, so with no luck the only thing left to do was to find a nice cold drink. We landed back at Cafe Del Mar for the third night in a row and enjoyed our last night here relaxing in this really funky place. The music, the staff, the breeze and the atmosphere is so chilled I find it really hard to leave but it was definitely time for bed after such a busy ...