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Dec 12, 2012 - Cartagena, Colombia

12/12 – Cartagena, Colombia It’s great to be docked & not rocking. We were told that wind and 10’ waves caused the problems yesterday. We will now have 2 days in a row on land. Some of our group signed up for field excursions today (Botanical Gardens & something else). Six of us decided to get a taxi on our own and go to Old Town, the walled city. It turned out to be a great deal. Another couple joined us and we were taken around the city in a small van making several stops and walking around a bit. Our driver, Mario, was very...

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Panama Canal Cruise

Dec 11, 2012 - On ship toward Colombia

12/11 – on ship with rolling waters all day Man, woman, & child! These rolling waters are getting to people. Several in our group are now wearing patches. Barf bags are near the elevators on each floor. It’s hard to walk, so we do little of that and mostly sit or lie. Tomorrow we’ll dock & be on steady land again. There were so many interesting presentations today. It was hard to decide what to attend. Among our group, we attended intermediate Spanish, A Wondrous Journey (photo journey of a 2-year, 28 country trip), Memory: Use it or Lose...

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Panama Canal Cruise

Oct 12, 2012 - Finally we have our car

Another day of waiting for the cars. I went to the port warehouse at 11 a.m. this mornign and finally arrived back at the hotel at 7.45 p.m. For quite a while it was looking like the system had beaten us and - it being a holiday weekend we would not get the final 7 cars (including ous) until Tuesaday. We were busy preparing 'plan B' for how we would catch up the rest of the rally if this happened. Finally at 4 p.m. there was a call from the port that some containers were on their way and a huge sigh of relief when the bolts were cut on the...

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La Gira Andina 2012

Oct 11, 2012 - Waiting in Cartagena

We had hoped to have a car by the end of the day but, although 8 were released by the port authorities, ours was not one of them. As I write (Friday morning) 8 more drivers have gone to the warehouse and Robin will follow later in the last batch. Yesterday was, therefore, a day of waiting in the hotel or in a local cafe for instructions. At lunchtime a call came through for Rick from the chief of police. Since his Spansh is not fluent he handed the phone to Corrie. She in turn handed it to the waiter since the policemen speaks the local...

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La Gira Andina 2012

Oct 10, 2012 - Cartagena

We arrived in Cartagena, Colombia yesterday evening. Hotel Santa Clara is an old convent from the Colonial period and is situated on a small square in the heart of the old town. You can read about it in one of Gabriel Garcia Marquez' novels. We were joined at breakfast by a brightly coloured Toucan, who promptly stole a bread roll from our table. The customs forms for our cars have all been signed - including a fingerprint and hopefully the car will be released tomorrow, Thursday. We have spent the day sightseeing in the old town....

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La Gira Andina 2012

Oct 3, 2012 - The ship has arrived in Cartagena

The MSC Lisa has arrived in Cartagena, Colombia. Let's hope they unload the correct containers. We will arrive late on 9th October. Our passports and documents will be taken to the port on 10th and we should be able to fetch our cars on 11th. That will give a day for packing up and giving her a final polish before the setting off photo.

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La Gira Andina 2012

Sep 3, 2012 - Hot times in Colombia

Ahhh, Labor Day and a day off for all you back home. We decided to take a walk along the great wall of Cartagena today to see how impressive it is close up. Andrea and I were comparing it to the Great Wall of China with proportionate relative size and people working on it. If the Colombia had as many people as China did working on this wall it would have taken only 15 years to complete instead of 210 years. it is quite a masterpiece and we had a chance to see the museum of the dungeons which was interesting, dark and hot but you can feel...

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Sep 2, 2012 - one week in Colombia

Well as of noon today we will have been here one week and it has been a very interesting week full of adventures and so far the hottest place either one of us has been. On Wednesday we took a boat to some island out in the Caribbean called the Rosario Islands which were stunning. White sand and crystal clear water made for a beautiful day. Andrea got very tan and no matter how much block I put on I still managed to get a sunburn. We have gotten to know the downtown area pretty well and have tons of wonderful food which makes everything even...

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Aug 28, 2012 - day three in cartagena

today is our third day in Colombia and we finally made it out to see the city. we arrived on a Sunday and just like anywhere else in the world not much happens on Sunday so we just stuck close to our hotel and started to see a bit of this huge city. Monday morning we changed hotels and spent most of the day enjoying the roof top pool of our hotel. Today we went out to see the historic downtown area and saw a couple of museums including the naval museum, the gold museum, and the inquisition museum all of which were very unique and kind of...

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Jul 30, 2012 - Cartagenia

The van finally came and took me to cartegenia. Wow cartegenia is an amazing city. It's literally composed of little islands and so many beaches. Most of the beaches I saw were dirty and not white sand. Water doesn't look that clean either. But I didn't go to any of the recommended beaches I'll save that for next time. I think tyrona park gave me so much beach time I couldn't deal with any more sand.  I can't even explain the beauty of cartegenia, the mixture I old buildings with ocean and friendly people just amazed me. The hostel I stayed...

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My Travels

Jun 30, 2012 - 24,361kms - and 7,468 li diesel goodbye YANA, ANKI & ROSS

Last stop on my Drago trip - finally made it to Cartegena! Took longer than expected to get there - a lot of slow roads and a few wrong ways but we finally made it to our hotel - in a street too narrow for the truck! Nice hostel with central courtyard nice rooms but still with the cement beds I don't think I'll ever get used to them. No air con and very hot so a couple of nights I got up and 'wet myself and lay under the fan - reminded me of home before we got cooling. The town is beautiful walked in through the main gate to a beautiful...

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Mar 11, 2011 - Cartagena

Friday, March 11, 2011 We separated into two small buses for our tour of Cartagena today; Roque (Rocky) was the guide with our bus. We were prepared for the 90° heat with hats, sunscreen and sun glasses. Our tour leaders are very considerate with providing water. We tackled the most strenuous part of our tour first; a steep climb up to the top of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, an impregnable fort, and the largest built in all the Americas, as a defense against pirates who raided and pillaged Cartagena numerous times. It started out...

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