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Aug 11, 2010 - Colombia...The Northern Parts

Flying into Cartagena, Colombia was an absolute dream compared to the buses we were used to. We healed one of the wounds of the theft on the previous day by getting T a new camera in our stop over in Panama City...this started the process of turning the frowns upside down. We were still really shaken by the previous day but as soon as we saw our friends Cara and Clive we knew our luck was about to change. After some long hugs and high fives we settled into a few beers and swapped stories from our travels. It was fantastic to see some...

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Jul 17, 2010 - Beautiful Colombia

On the 17th of July we traveled to Cartagena, Colombia. This is such a beautiful place, and we have had such a fantastic time here. So therein lies my excuse for not blogging at all the last two weeks. We were out and about investigating this picturesque city and having a truly fantastic honeymoon. Here's a few highlights from the trip to Colombia and a stack of photos so you can see just why we were so captivated and just couldn't find the time to blog. The Streets of Cartagena It's so pretty here, the narrow streets are lined with...

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May 4, 2010 - Cartagena, Columbia

Left Panama City 11:54am with two stops...unfortunately, or fortunately, we noticed just before getting on the plane in Panama that they had issued tickets continuing on 5/5 instead of this eve...after some discussion, they very nicely changed the continuing flights but in doing so the last leg from Bogota to Cartagena is now leaving at 9 and arr at 10:45pm! So we called the Casa Viena where we hoped to stay, they do not have room but said no problem, when we arrive they will find us a place nearby. Now we are in the Bogota airport, hanging...

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South America Plus

Mar 26, 2010 - Cartagena Columbia

Cartagena: tours seemed pricey. Simple bus ride, with narration, downtown; two hours of shopping/exploring in old city, and bus ride back to ship was $39. We were offered taxi - one way - for $15, but $40 for the driver to stay with us all day. Took latter. Bad news: driver spoke little English, us no Spanish. Good news: were able to communicate about 2/3 of time, driver took us to the obligatory 5-6 jewelry stores, apparently to meet his quota, and then began to show us around, getting us into museums and churches in the old city. We chose...

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Panama Canal Cruise

Mar 7, 2010 - Last day in Cartagena

Today is Sunday and the streets in the old town are much quieter. It's also overcast so mercifully cooler. Having six full days here has allowed me to take it easy and not try to cram too much in one day. I even had a nap this afternoon. :) I think my favourite time in Cartagena is evening. Starting just a little before sunset until about 10:00 pm. The air is cooler, and although the streets are still filled with people, the pace is more leisurely. All the tourists are out, having a drink, looking for a place to have dinner, and riding in...

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Mar 4, 2010 - Cartagena

Hello from Cartagena! This is my third day in the city. I'm staying right in the middle of the old walled town, founded in 1533. Most of the buildings in this part have been restored and are painted bright colours with wooden balconies, many of them draped in bougainvillea and other flowers. It's a busy touristy city. I think everybody who comes to Colombia on vacation passes through Cartagena. It feels very safe, with lots of police around. I'm happy I gave myself lots of time for Cartagena, because it's hot and humid here all day long and...

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Jan 14, 2010 - Cartagénial!

Cartagena de Indias est classée par l'UNESCO au patrimoine mondial de l'humanité, et classé à l'unanimité par les 2 soeurs Cousi et le fils Landreau "La plus belle ville du Voyage", classement final disponible dans 3 mois. Cependant, notre première impression a été négative, car, arrivés à 21h, il a été difficile de trouver un hébergement. Pour nous deux, cette impression était similaire à la première que l'on a eue à Salvador de Bahia, pauvreté, chaleur humide, regards méfiants, et ce même sentiment de ne pas être à notre place, beaucoup...

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Jan 5, 2010 - The $78,000 dinner

Two lengthy flights took us out of Brazil and into Colombia yesterday and have left us trying to sort out the cost in USD and relative cost compared to other services in-country of a $78,000 dinner and a $8,600 taxi. The exchange rate here is whack--$1,900 COP to $1 USD! But Cartagena, our first stop, is amazing. The inner city, walled in from the rest of the town, is quaint, colorful and friendly. Off for some exploring and beach time today. Perhaps a mud bath and mangrove swamp tour tomorrow. I <3 vacation.

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Amy J. in South A.

Nov 15, 2009 - Cartagena

After our long stay in Medellin, we made our way to Cartagena on the Caribbean coast. It was a long bus ride, but it was nice to be on the road again. Unfortunately the heat in Cartagena is oppressive and hit us like a slap in the face upon leaving the air conditioned bus. We found a room near the old town, turned on the fan, and tried to sleep. Cartagena is the famous Spanish port town where they stored the plundered gold from Peru prior to sailing it to Spain. Due to this fact it was subjected to numerous attacks and attempts to take the...

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Oct 19, 2009 - Tiburon!

So we didn´t get the kitesurfing lesson, although we got a pretty impressive show. We also got VIP access to one of the nicest resorts on the island from our friend, Daniel. One of the perks of this was elite view lounge chairs and free drinks and food! A very nice change of pace from the cheap hotels we were staying in the first few nights. Daniel then took us out for snorkling (also free) on the massive coral reef just off the island. It was hands down the best snorkling that Kim and I have ever done in our lives. The coral structures...

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Oct 16, 2009 - Bus rides and Mud baths

Arrived in Cartagena mid-afternoon on Tuesday--what a change from everything else we´ve seen so far in Colombia! The city is surrounded by water and ancient walls to prevent pirates from attacking, it almost reminds me a bit of Cadiz in Spain. All the old colonial buildings have been maintained and it has a very european feel. Sidewalk cafes, narrow and winding streets, open air markets, and cathedrals and museums galore. A grand castillo sits on the hilltop above the city. Our first night there we met up with some travelers we found in...

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Oct 8, 2009 - Cartagena, Colombia

10/01/2009-THURS/Cartegena, Columbia. Villa Colonial hotel. Made contact with shipping agent to meet with them the next day. Went to a hostel that I had contacted before we left from Panama and they never heard of us and had no rooms available. So they called another hotel that had rooms and Roberto came and took our baggage and walked us to our home for the next week, Villa Colonial hote. A very nice rose in a garden of weeds place. This was run by a family, the Mom and Dad, were there every day running the place. They had two children,...

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