Friday, May 20, 2016

Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena was hot, beautiful, kind, and oh so tasty.  

After spending a long night in the Medellin airport, we finally arrived to the beautiful historic district where we would be staying in Cartagena.  Our noses and rumbling bellies quickly led us to a corner bakery where we were all too pleased to learn that the local people are especially skilled in baking delicious, mouth-watering delicacies.  The only way we were able to choose between the cheesy breads, overstuffed empanadas, sweet croissants, and unidentifiable rolls of beauty was by promising ourselves we would get something new each day (or in our case, multiple times a day...) As we were waiting on the staff to make our freshly squeezed juices, I couldn´t help but ask the man sitting beside us what he had chosen.  Not only did he explain some of the local specialties to us, he even offered to split half of his breakfast with me so that I could try it!  Little did we realize that that man was just the beginning in an incredible show of hospitality (and amazing food) that we would experience in Colombia.  

We spent a decent majority of our time wandering the streets of Cartagena´s historic district, which is filled with boutique shops, restaurants, and artisan vendors.  Despite being an obvious tourist spot, most of the prices were extremely reasonable- another welcome surprise!

Once we felt like we had had our fill of shopping and street food, we ventured over to Convento de la Popa, a Catholic convent on the edge of town dating back to the early 1600´s.  It was the perfect place to watch the sunset over the city and a perfect ending to the first half of our trip.

1 comment:

  1. Good morning, how are you?

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    Emilio Fernandez Esteban
    Calle Valencia, 39
    28903 Getafe (Madrid)

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    Yours Sincerely

    Emilio Fernandez