And the Adventure begins…
Well, it’s official- I’ve made it to South America! Woop-woop! I’m currently sitting here in the lobby of my hostel in Cartagena, Colombia, desperately trying to do two simple things- keep cool, and stay awake. Turns out it’s not so simple, on either count… I’m trying to keep cool because it is HOT down here- hot and HUMID- and I’m trying to stay awake because I just completed a seemingly simple 12-hour trip-turned-26-hour ‘Moving Day’ marathon. Ugh- what a nightmare…5 hours of delays, only to have the first leg of my trip cancelled, re-routed through a city in the opposite direction I should’ve been traveling, more lay-overs and sitting around in airports, and an ‘overnight’ flight that was actually less than 5 hours long- didn‘t get any sleep on that one… Needless to say, I’m EXHAUSTED. But, I’m here, and in the end, that’s what matters.
Quick first impressions of Cartagena- see above… Ha! Actually, I haven’t made it very far out of the hostel yet… It took me awhile to cool down and re-hydrate from the previous day’s adventures in traveling, and I’ve just been sitting in a window at the front of the open-air lobby of the hostel, watching people come and go, while the world outside drifts by. I did chase down a fruit vendor when he passed by and caught my eye with his loaded cart- something fresh sounded really good after all the airport and airplane ‘food’ I’ve had over the past 24 hours… Other than that, I’ve seen just a bit of the Old Quarter from the taxi on the drive over from the airport, and it seems Cartagena delivers as advertised- narrow alleys winding here and there, cobblestone streets between colorfully painted colonial buildings, and friendly people milling about everywhere. I plan on heading out to explore later in the afternoon, once things cool off a bit… Maybe find some street food for dinner- now THAT sounds like a delicious adventure…
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Professor… Give us an idea of what you are eating? I love the beach, so are there any beautiful beaches in Cartagena worth visiting? If so, can you hire surfboards?
Lots and lots of fresh fruit! There are fruit vendors EVERYWHERE in Cartagena´s Old Town, selling freshly-sliced mangos, freshly squeezed orange juice, and freshly picked everything else. Muy deliciosa!
As for the surfing, there are numerous beaches around Cartagena, and I have seen a few surf shops, but have yet to see any surfers out on the waves… I believe you can hire surfboards from the local shops along the beach. Bocagrande is one of the more popular beaches near town, while taking a boat to Playa Blanca in the Rosario Islands is a popular daytrip…
Thanks for letting us tag along with you.
My pleasure- thanks for tagging along!