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Dec 5, 2013 - A Day of Monks and Ancient Spain

5 DEC 13 – Cartagena, Columbia. Day 14. So, our sojourn through Central America has come to an end, apart from the two sea days to get us back to Miami. We docked in Cartegena at 09:00 am, an hour ahead of the original schedule. We hoped it would not interfere with our private tour, which had been booked to fit our original arrival time of 10:00 am, but we need not have worried. Our tour guide, Dora the Explorer, was there to meet us when we stepped off the ship. Our little tour group was created online (on Cruise Critic) a couple of months...

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Feb 13, 2013 - Cartagena & Playa Blanca

Après le carnaval, la playa ! Accompagnés de Touki, nous sommes retournés à Cartagena pour partir depuis là, à la Playa Blanca. C'est l'une des plus belles plages que nous avons vue de tout notre voyage : sable blanc, eau turquoise,... Le début de la plage est hyper touristique, car de grands bateaux déposent des touristes qui font des excursions d'une journée, mais en marchant tout au bout de la plage, on se retrouve presque seul. Nous n'y sommes pas allés par bateau, mais avons pris un bus depuis Cartagena, puis avons traversé une rivière...

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Feb 2, 2013 - Arrivée en Colombie & Taganga

Salut à tous. Le compte d'Aline et Nico a été piraté! C'est Maude et Alex aux commandes. Mais comme on est gentil on va quand même vous donner des nouvelles. Le trajet s'est bien déroulé. Nos bagages ont suivis. Après 6h d'attente a Bogota et 6h de décalage horaires nous arrivons à Cartagène vers 6h du mat heure Suisse. On retrouve Aline et Nico à l'aéroport comme convenu. On passe une nuit dans un hôtel super-miteux (merci Aline) où on se repose quelques heures pour le trajet du lendemain direction Taganga. Le trajet en bus dure environ...

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Dec 13, 2012 - Cartagena and Colon

12-12-12 Cartagena Colombia The ship is now on level sea. Being on land in Cartagena yesterday was great. The ship, bouncing through 10 to 12 foot waves, for 2 days, was getting to be a great challenge. For those concerned about my balance issue…..I’ve had no problems. Coming out of my cabin in the morning, on my way to breakfast, I knew we were in trouble when I noticed all of the “barf bags” strategically placed in the halls. AND, they were well used. Cartagena was 98 degrees with 90% humidity! We walked for 2 and ½ hours and were...

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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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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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