Cartagena

Trip Start Sep 30, 2013
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Trip End May 31, 2014


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Monday, December 30, 2013

We got here from Panama on yacht Jacqueline, via San Blas islands.They use the Columbian Peso (COP) here.



Monday 30th December

This place is seriously hot.
Look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cartagena_de_Indias for more details.

Hostel Mamallena is pretty good, and in a nice part of town called Getsemani. Nearby is the old walled city, San Diego, which is remarkably like St Malo in France. We managed a short walk in the cooler evening, though even then we had to stop in an air conditioned cafe.
 




Tuesday 31st December

Hot Hot Hot.
We took a city tour on a bus. At least there was some breeze when the bus was moving. We saw a few historic and interesting places before returning to the hostel to prepare for New Year´s eve.




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At midnight we were on the city walls to witness 4 competing firework displays. The traditional countdown was somewhat spoiled by the fireworks starting several minutes early. For a moment I wish I was on the beach at Looe, but then I return to my proper senses.

Back at the hostel we meet up with the Captain and first mate. He compliments me on my Indian kirtan - obviously a man with good taste in clothes.
 

Wednesday 1st January 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

The streets are much quieter than normal. Most of the shops are closed. We manage to struggle through the searing heat to the beach at Bocagrande for a cooling dip is the Caribbean breakers.


Thursday 2nd January

It is a relief to be an air conditioned airport on the way to Cali.







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marian cole on

Nice photos Si.

Barbara Newell on

Been looking at the photos of San Blas - just wonderful - paradise islands

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