Busting into the Walled City

Trip Start Sep 15, 2008
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Trip End Jan 01, 2009


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Thursday, September 18, 2008

After a day in San Fran and then a day in Miami, care of United Air, we are finally in Colombia.  The lay overs were actually nice, as United paid for our meals and put us up in hotels (we had planned to sleep in the Miami airport originally).  I guess the fact we have a year makes the 1 day delay pretty easy to cope with.  The hotel in Miami was nice and right in the Airport.  We planned to make a day trip to South Beach, but decided to get some sleep and save the $50 cab ride.  I´m sure we´ll get there another day...  Unlike flying to Mexico the plane wasn´t full of white Canadians waiting to get a sun burn and fly home - it seemed to be mainly Colombians heading home after visiting Miami with Playstation 3 and Rockband under their arm ( we assume electronics are expensive in Colombia). 

Clearing customs in Colombia was easy, but communicating with the taxi driver was not.  After waving our arms and repeating the hostel address in English a few dozen times we finally arrived (we tried the Spanish but the driver seemed to do better with straight English over our Spanglish).  We will be taking some Spanish lessons while in South America, just not until Ecuador.  

The hostel is in the more developed area of Cartagena, but nothing special.  We we met a few English girls who are most of the way through a one year trip and a few Americans who are here for a few weeks.  Everyone commented our bags are small for the trip, but that´ll make our lives easier.  For some reason the entire town ran out of water, so no bathrooms or showers for the first 24 hrs..yikes!

We walked over to the old town to check out the walled city and were treated to some kids dancing in the main
square.  Then we had some dinner and picked up a bottle of wine. Walked around for another hour and then caught a cab back to the hostel.  The city is really nice and the old town has some beautiful Spanish architecture within the walls, but after leaving Canada we´re looking for some beach time and the beach here ain´t all that pretty.

Next stop Santa Marta.
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