Sacking the fort and heading to the beach

Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
Trip End Feb 26, 2011

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

After a much better nights sleep with no booze inside us we woke up full of beans and rang my mum to wish her Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday Mum. We were definitely going to go to work on some hardcore negotiating at the harbour, however as the time approached to leave a number of factors came into play, and we decided to take the value option of instead going to the fort (Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas - the greatest stone fortress in Cartagena) doing a bit of sightseeing then heading to the beach.

We had a quick breako in bed of .... you guessed it, empanada selection and some of the great value tinto (black coffee) the street vendors are knocking out super cheap. After finishing another Planet Earth we walked up to the fort only to be met with the usual hoards of vendors selling sunglasses, tours and god knows what else. We were flabergasted to find out when we got to the fort it was $9 each, we decided inside to try the cheaper option and do that 'pretend to take a photo while walking past the ticket guard', he was up to speed though and caught me in the act so that was the fort 'sacked off'. The only annoyance is that if you are a vendor selling shit to tourists he lets you past so you can chase the tourist having paid $9 trying to get them to buy whatever.

After the fort we headed back to what has become one of our favourite places in Cartagena the local park. It really is a bit of an odd and random place which probably sums up why we like it. Essentially its a mix of some policemen, a few prostitutes from the brothel over the road, some homeless people a few tinto (black coffee) and street food vendors and a few animals you probably wouldn't expect to see, some rather large Iguana's that climb trees and have long jowly things under their necks, some small monkeys, and some red squirrels (there is talk of a sloth being here too but we have yet to spot it). Today we were also joined by a local man completely naked washing in the fish pond and a guy who kept telling me there was a human arm lay in the bottom of the fish pond, what a great start to the day. We originally came to the park in search of a Sloth which apparantly used to live in the park, we believe it was stolen from the wild for tourists to have their photo taken with then put in the park, however it keeps on going missing, it wasn't there when we were but we spoke to a couple of locals who claim they have seen it.

We then decided that we would catch our last day in the sun before we head to Bogota tomorrow. We headed back to Boca Grande and sat and read for hours and hours. It's difficult to write a blog about a beach day as there is nothing much to write about, obviously the usual selection of latino rears in tiny thongs, fake boobs, face lifts and male pensioners in thongs.... yes you read that bit right (Note to self... ask "Erica, does my bum look big in this before leaving the house"). My bargain 1 sunglasses broke within a week leaving only 1 lense in them, and much to the amusement of the hawkers I insisted they were in perfect condition still wearing them.  We headed back as the sun started to descend and after a long time here (a huge amount for us) it is definitely time to get out of the sun and back to altitude and coldness in Bogota. We decided to splash out again and go to the Australian fusion cafe for a final meal here before we shoot off tomorrow.

p.s. Todays Ian Heywood word of the day which has been used a great deal... Bobaw a polite sounding word for sh*t.
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