Welcome to Cartagena

Cartagena CondoIf you blinked, we left Bogota on January 10th flying to Cartagena. What was remarkable was the Avianca flight of one hour, with a 787 that was full and each seat had on board entertainment. I thought it was strange when I saw eight flight attendants pre-board. Kudos for Avianca!

We rented a condominium on the 11th floor through AirBnB. Thrilled to say it is entirely different from our Mexico City experience, it is immaculately clean, well lit and comfortable. One entire wall of the living room and the bedroomCartagena Christmas Lights are sliding glass doors that lead to a full apartment length balcony. This overlooks the Caribbean coastline where swimmers, boaters, and para-gliders play. We later found that a small flock of five to ten pelicans fly by in one direction about 9:30 am and have their return trip around 4 pm.

Being Sunday, the first night in the historic center overflowed with activity. The Christmas lights were still shining brightly, there were dozens of horse drawn carriages hauling tourists around Cartagena Old Towntown, and dancers were performing native dances trying to entice the crowd into giving generous tips. The city certainly was alive well into the dark hours.

Because it was accessible and we collect the pins, we stopped at Hard Rock for dinner. This is one of the smaller HR restaurants we Cartagena Dancershave encountered. Still, it is a hit remaining crowded for our entire stay. Dinner was typical HR fare. There is something about Colombian kitchens; the food never seems hot when it arrives, which is a shame.

Taxis are plentiful and cheap. Though we could walk back to the apartment, there is an old historic wall around the old town, requiring us to walk an extra mile out of the way, just to get back to the beach road. For what is $2 in cab fare, it is not worth the bother.

After completing my Ed.D., the frustration of finding a teaching position where I was willing to live, led to Ron and I leaving the country. We intended to travel for a year before settling somewhere in MA or RI. We left the US without any credit card debt, no car payments and our house mortgage paid by renters. We had $10,000 in the bank to make our way through a year.