Forget everything you heard about Colombia.

Trip Start Nov 29, 2009
Trip End May 10, 2010

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Exit Central America enter South America: Arriving city Cartagena, Colombia. Before I write any further, I must say that I write about Colombia with great hesitancy. I hesitate to literate and provide photos of this country to you out of a sense of preserving something I have seen, smelt, and tasted, but yet I do not own. Out of greed of a memory and a bliss of what few have experienced and what lays a country on the verge of explosion. Of what is inevitably it's entrance into the world. 
Cartagena is the perfect blend between the Caribbean and the Spanish culture. I was glad this was the 1st place I was able to see in Colombia, and a must visit. The history is present and is pleasantly preserved. On the other end there is a unique blend of a modern life splendidly built around the history. On the weekends you get to see the salsa dancing spill into the street as the energy keeps the city awake. I spent 5 days here and every night was blessed by a blood orange sunset. A great place to witness this would be at the Cafe Del Mar atop the old Spanish Wall, unobstructed by none. I loved the hostel we stayed in and the pool was a must, especially mid day when the heat was stifling. Which every day seemed to have it's moments. During my stay in Cartagena I visited Playa Blanca and the old Fuerte San Felipe de Barajas, which is the largest fort built by the Spaniards outside of Spain. 
I made lots of friends here and believe that the most satisfying thing about this city was the view and the best thing to do is to simply walk within the walls of the Old City as it hustles and bustles in its own beauty. The people are great and the tourism is untapped by the rest of the world. I hardly run into Americans around here, but I enjoy that. It is sad what we don't know and what we assume. Cartagena Lives! 
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