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Jul 5, 2009 - CARTAGENA

We woke up this morning feeling much better, and it was time to check out old town in Cartagena. We had seen all the new and modern buildings when we entered the port, and old town is quite the contrast. A very old wall entirely surrounds the city. The buildings are very similar to Antigua, and Granada in their age and origin. We were amazed at the cleanliness of the city. Numerous times we came across city workers cleaning the streets, even on a Sunday. (I doubt there are unions or overtime pay here) Once again we reminded of the contrast...

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Jul 4, 2009 - Casa Viena

We were awake fairly early. Last night we had met up at Café Del Mar with Hamish, Rich, and Ben, and later Geneva, Stephanie, Vicki and Hubert (now referred to as group of 4) joined us. Manuel and Olivier were staying on Tropicbird. We had drinks at the café and watched the sunset. Unfortunately the clouds weren’t cooperating and blocked most of it. Cory and Elaine had dinner at a small restaurant near the hostel. It was very much a family run operation. The lady was carrying around her young baby, and her daughter we figured was around 8...

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Jul 3, 2009 - Open Water and Cartagena

So for the second time we left Porvenir, and sailed to the last spot where we would be able to swim and rinse off, before beginning the steady journey to Cartagena, Columbia. It was nice to swim, and then time for a quick powwow where we were told what to expect from the high seas. Hitting the open waters definitely created more waves, and although nobody was seasick, many people took to lying down, including Cory and Elaine. Our first day on open waters brought us quite a treat; the sailboat became surrounded by dolphins. There were too...

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Apr 19, 2009 - Last day in Cartagena, tears ensue

We had breakfast at a cafe near the Walls entrance since our beloved Juan Valdez cafe next to our hostal wasn't open til 11 and then wandered the streets and shopped. I managed to buy a few Botero-inspired paintings though I hadn't found the one I wanted for my bathroom (fat naked lady putting on makeup in front of bathroom mirror). We took part in a lovely though pricey Italian lunch complete with lobster risotto and limonada de coco, a resto we had spent an hour looking for one of the previous nights but couldn't find because the Viva...

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Apr 10, 2009 - Cartagena: Rosario Islands, Beach, Cafe del Mar

Despite a long night of unexpected partying with the Mexicans, we were up before 7 am this morning to head out to the docks to catch our boat tour to the Rosario Islands. It quickly became a really disappointing trip. We were lucky to have lots of sun and calm seas but it wasn't what we expected. Though we were told to be there at 7:30 am, we didn't leave on our boats until after 9:30 am because we had to keep changing boats which kept failing safety norms according to Colombian standards. The ride was ok but took about an hour until we...

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Apr 9, 2009 - Cartagena: "Los pasajeros de ayer" arrive and LOVE it

Ok, so we did NOT get our trip to Colombia started on the right food after last night's cancellation. But we were lucky enough to score seats on the first flight out of Quito to Bogota leaving around 6 am. We didn't even have to go through customs again (since we had already been stamped out) and were given a lovely breakfast and Colombian coffee (mmmm) on the flight. Ok, next observation: El Dorado International Airport (Bogota) is totally EFFED UP! It is the most disorganized, crazy, awful airport terminal ever. First, our plane parks in...

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Apr 8, 2009 - Off to Colombia we go- Cartagena

Hi guys, This is a preemptive post just to keep everyone in the know. It is now Easter Week Vacation from school (Semana Santa) and we had this planned months ago- to spend 11 days on the Caribbean Coast. We are reserved and excited and just hoping that all goes as smoothly and safely as possible and that we get maximum sun exposure. Here is the itinerary and I hope to have pics and deets added shortly after our return. Days 1-3: Cartagena for city touring, good eating and cocktail sipping, visit to the Rosario Islands. Days 4-6: we go...

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Mar 31, 2009 - Cartagena, Columbia

This area is dedicated to the port of Cartagena, Columbia. Scroll to bottom for list of tour participants for Karen's booked group tour. Cartagena Visitor's guide http://www.cartagenainfo.net/cruise/indexeng.html walking tour of historic Cartagena http://www.cartagenainfo.net/mapas/caminando/flash/english.htm You're in for a big treat if you've booked a Caribbean or Panama Canal cruise with Cartagena on the itinerary, as this lovely old town and resort on Colombia's Caribbean coast is quite deservedly the country's most popular tourist...

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Mar 19, 2009 - Cartagena

Cartagena... Well because Im a little behind I might just do the highlights... The Chiva Rumba - This is basically a party bus, it drives you around and gives you a bit of informaiton about the town, only problem was it was all in Spanish and we all had a sneeking suspicion they were making fun of us a little bit. Anyway the bus has cup like holders where they give u a bottle of rum and coke.. on the back fo the bus is a band. All in all it was an experience I wouldnt say the best ive had so far, but we got a bit of a dance so it was...

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Dec 31, 2008 - Cartagena for New Year´s Eve

We made it. Actually, the trip here could not have gone better. Each flight--all four of them--was on time and hassle-free. In case you forgot, here's how we got here: St. Louis to Atlanta (overnight in Atlanta); Atlanta to Miami; Miami to Bogotá; Bogotá to Cartagena. We left St. Louis around 5pm on December 30 and reached Cartagena around 6:30pm (Eastern time) on December 31. We checked into our hotel in Cartagena on New Year´s Eve and found my brother, Kevin, right away, or, rather, he heard us in the lobby and came out to say hi. After...

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Nov 8, 2008 - Architecture - The Good, The Bad, The Closed for Restoration.

Prior to reaching the islands I visited some intersting sites on the mainland. There are some photos from the Uropian Community of Rugby, Tennessee, as well as a wonderfully used old power plant in Baltimore. There's a tremendous variety of buildings in the Caribbean - from the World Heritage buildings of Cartagena to colorful shacks in the rainforest. The English, French, Danes, Dutch, Spanish, and Swedes contributed styles, materials, and colors. Black slaves supplied their labor. Forts rose to protect from pirates; warehouses to store...

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Oct 9, 2008 - Cartagena (COLOMBIA)

El centro amurallado de Cartagena de Indias es muy bonito. Tiene el mismo ambiente tropical colonial que el viejo San Juan, o que Entremuros en Manila, pero los 1ros dos estan mucho mejor conservados que el ultimo. Hay muchas plazas bonitas, museos, tiendas elegantes, restaurantes, bares, etc. Y no todo es para turistas, ya que van muchos locales tambien. Realmente uno se traslada unos cuantos siglos atras. En las afueras hay un fuerte español que fue tomado varias veces por los ingleses y franceses. Sir Francis Drake tomó Cartagena una...

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