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After an all too brief two days in Bogota we headed to the airport and got a flight to Cartagena. Before the trip we were both really looking forward to Cartagena, but now we've visited a few beautiful old colonial towns, we're a bit beautiful-old-colonial-towned-out.
What we did
We arrived late at night and had a cheap and decent meal next to our hostel, which was in the old red light district of ...
... in 1811, when the city was the first to declare its independence from Spain. However, the city came back under Spanish rule in 1815 upon being recaptured by General Pablo Morillo. More than a third of the population died in the fighting in a total of 6,000 people! Later, during the final war of independence led by Simón Bolívar, Cartagena was once again among the first to declare its independence and obtained its freedom in 1821.
Cartagena soon recovered ...
... port we found that the prices were much more than what we had been told, and well outside of our budget - potentially due to this being Good Friday. So we scrapped this idea, and after participating in an Easter parade (following Jesus carrying a crucifix through the streets while listening to a sermon), we got to the city beach of Boca Grande and had a great day. We hired a small temporary shelter for the two of us, had beers, picked ...
... are you freed." - The Buddha
"He who looks outside dreams; he who looks inside awakens." - Carl Jung
"Then, from His place of ambush, God leapt out." - Rainer Maria Rilke
I'm setting out to finish a journey I began a few years back, and yet I know that there can be no such thing. For the only journey is an honest and direct exploration of our inner landscapes, and the only ending is a new beginning. While comfort, ...
... ancient ruins of Ciudad Perdida, the lost city of the ancient Tairona civilisation. Andre and I found ourselves in a group with 7 Chilean students. Not much engish was heard or spoken over the next few days. They were kind and patient enough to try and teach me some Spanish. A baptism of fire, but good fun.
The walk itself was beautiful. Very green and very hot, with lots of gorgeous trees and birds to see, including toucans and humming birds. ...