Salsa, Sweat and Scorchio Sun

Trip Start Dec 10, 2011
Trip End Sep 29, 2012

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Casa Viena - Cartagena - Colombia
What I did
Crazy Salsa

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

I am in LOVE with Colombia and Cartagena reminds me of a larger Havana in Cuba. It has a great vibe, music blaring from the streets and it's dam hot and sweaty here.  

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.

On my ramblings around the city I saw advertised 'Crazy Salsa' on a doorway and it reminded me I read about that in my guidebook, my waistline was started to expand so I thought this could be a good little exercise for me so off I went for my merengue, salsa cuban and colombian style lesson. I met a bunch of really nice people there another girl traveling solo Fran from NZ, Andreas from Germany and Andrei from Australia, after a lot of laughing and exhaustion after our introduction and then intermediate session I got dragged into by these guys, we shared some beers and stories about how come we were all in Cartagena.

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!

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aborder on

Love Cartagena! Love the blog entry!rice and beans all over south and central America! I loved the wall in Cartagena, read a book by Michael palin that had his resting in a wall, so created the same pose. Was lucky to meet a German girl there fluent in Colombian Spanish so got by without using my poor Spanish! Look forward to the next blog entry!

charlotte on

Just read your post on Cartagena, very similar views on what we thought about it. I am very likely to stop by there again on way back after the trips I am taking towards Taganga, Santa Marta and Barranquilla. We even stayed in the same hostel and I also recognised that breakfast, went to the same place several times mostly because of the amazing German style bread.

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