To the Caribbean port of Cartagena

Trip Start Apr 12, 2011
Trip End Apr 01, 2012

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El Viajero Hostel

Flag of Colombia  ,
Saturday, August 27, 2011

When we arrive into Cartagena, we realise it's very hot and humid, we’ve finally reached warm temperatures!! We stay at El Viajero Hostel and thankfully it has air conditioning in the room as well as being clean and good atmosphere. We have a wander around the old town which is lovely – old brightly coloured buildings, balconies and flowers everywhere but still a bit rough round the edges so that it has character.  Plus the streets have a buzz with the market vendors and people dressed in brightly coloured clothes – we have finally found what we were expecting from South America.   Although it does come at a cost, we discover this part of Colombia at least, to be a good bit more expensive than our previous few countries.  So we decide to find a set lunch which are always good value plus it means we try local food.  The set lunch is usually some sort of soup, meat plus rice, plantain, beans and salad and sometimes a drink for around 3.  Once we manage to order this (we’re not understood very well here – the Spanish appears to be different for some unknown reason...), it’s pretty good.  The rest of the day is spent wandering around the little streets exploring.

In the evening, after a brief siesta – the heat makes it necessary, we head to the waterfront for a drink at Cafe del Mar which seems to be the place to be for sunset.  We then struggle to find a restaurant that is cheaper than UK prices and so settle for the travellers favourite of pizza.

Sunday is pretty much the same again, some wandering, another set lunch but the streets are deserted.  We soon find out why – everyone local is flying kites on the coast line.  It’s really nice to see such a family activity with whole families out for the day, even if it’s the fathers that are taking more interest in the kites than the children!
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