Yarrr...there be no pirates in Cartagena!
Trip Start Nov 29, 2008
38Trip End May 08, 2009
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We also got chatting with some more ridiculously friendly Colombians. The Colombians we´ve met so far have all been so friendly it´s untrue...the couple we met in the park were offering to pay for a taxi for us back to their hotel because their hotel was cheaper than ours. They always go out of their way to help you and make sure you´re having a good time. So eventually we had to tear ourselves away from the dancers in order to eat - ate the most enormous dinner and then stumbled across what turned out to be one of the best clubs in Cartagena called the Havana Club. They had a live band playing Salsa and Son music - so ofcourse there was also lots of dancing too! There was such a good atmosphere and we loved the music.
The next day we were feeling withdrawal symptoms from the beach so we walked round the coast to the beach at Bocagrande. We are usually very sensible girls who nap during the peak sun hours but sadly not that day...we were on the beach from 10am til 2pm.
It was sooo hot...we lost a ton of weight in sweat, urrrh!! Silly Jev. Back in Cartagena we had a post-beach nap to recover from the heat, made some coconut rice (we are culinary goddesses) and drank a few beers.
¡FELIZ CUMPLEAÑOS A HEATHER! We basically spent the day having nice treats and drinks...and an amazing birthday nap! And more street wandering...Cartagena seems to be the only place where you can quite happily spend 4 days just wandering around the streets. We went back to the square to watch the dancers then went to our favourite restaurant for dinner. After dinner we went to Plaza Santo Domingo, the main square. Here we had PIE and BEER...yey! Before long we were joined by two Colombian men who serenaded us with their guitars...including a Spanish and English version of Happy Birthday for Hev! We wandered around some more and then in a happy coincidence we bumped into Mario, a Colombian we´d met on the bus from Santa Marta. We spent the night with him and his friends who treated Jev to birthday beers and bracelets and lots of funny Spanish chat. We somehow drank beers in the streets and plazas until 3 in the morning, along with the rest of Cartagena.
We love Cartagena - it´s like a little dream world unlike anywhere else we´ve ever been. It´s a mixture of Spain, Africa and Colombia and it feels a million miles from anywhere in Ecuador or anywhere else we´ve been really. ¡Muy bien!
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