Salsa, Sweat and Scorchio Sun
Trip Start Dec 10, 2011
60Trip End Sep 29, 2012
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Where I stayed
Casa Viena - Cartagena - Colombia
What I did
Something of a mix of lack of air conditioning, small heat blistering streets where people walk on the side in the shade only and near the beach and it's humidity, makes for pure sweatiness!
In fact here's not such a flattering picture of me, after a cold shower, looking hot and sweaty just to prove it. I spent most of my first day here sleeping and eating as I had left Venezuela in the middle of the night and two flights later got to Cartagena. I sampled a good set menu fish stew, with yes more rice and beans and the wind is back! There is also a lot of fresh fruit for drinks or eating and lots of salad so I am very happy about both of these.
Airport exit was smooth to my delight, no crowds haggling like at Caracas and I jumped in the tine little yellow taxis to the hostel. So far it’s really good here, I like this city Cartagena and Colombia is not so unsafe as people say. Just the usual things like men staring but that seems to happen to me everywhere!
I changed money from my leftover Boliviares at the airport enough for one night in the hostel and taxi and got a taxi direct to the hostel. Switched hostels and I got a nice room to myself with wifi!!
I also like it here as you can walk everywhere and I have spent the week here visiting the city behind the old ruin walls and lots of churches, basilicas and the fortress from 15th century.
I go back for more on Wednesday night and then hit Getsemani's night scene with a trip to a burger stand and drinking beers on a plaza with locals and tourists and then to a cool nightclub with dj and lots of good looking people gawping at each other. With this I thought time for me to leave and hit my bed at 1.30am, all this salsa, sun and heat had tired me out!