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Travel Blogs from Cartagena
... the various tourist traps. Most of our time we spent relaxing while I recovered from my 24hr ordeal in transit and 3 month ordeal at university. We rode in the blistering heat to this huge old castle that we could see from our hotel window. It was pretty cool and old, everything was in espanol though, we found out later that the Spanish built it to protect themselves from pirates (British privateers mostly) who I assume wanted the gold they were stockpiling ...
... were great, all had a story to tell and, for me, it helped that the common language was English otherwise I would have been stuffed. It is embarrassing that all these people can speak a minimum of one extra language and usually more (very well) and we ( I ) are very limited.
In all many beers were consumed along with 9 bottles of rum and at about 2am the inflatable started to take people back to the ship. I chose to sleep on the island in a hammock and ...
... the locals are involved in tourism in some way from a retail shop, activity operator or street vendor selling anything from jewellery to water and beer. With our less than impressive map we did a good job at getting lost but we pleasantly did wandering each street and avenue admiring another example of colonial beauty. I guess one benefit of the Spanish invasion was that they were semi familiar with the environment they had taken and built sensible housing.
... was raining. Like big rain. We soon managed to get on another bus though (argh!) to take us the 40 minutes or so into the actual centre of Cartagena. Fortunately the rain had stopped by the time we were wandering to find our hostel - Mama Waldy's. The good bit of Cartagena is the Old Town part which is right up by the sea front, and we were staying in the Getsemani region which is right next door and has its own ...
After a couple of days spinning in a Dramamine stupor, we finally got used to a few things: 1. Being on dry land, 2. The conversion rate (1800 pesos=1 USD= we are millionaires), 3. Sweating, sweating, and more sweating. In comparison to other colonial cities we have visited, Cartagena is no doubt the most beautiful. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the 1980s, and I saw why--the colorful, restored ...
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