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Jul 24, 2007 - Cartagena

Tuesday 24th July Packed up all my nice clean laundry after an embarrassing conversation with the washer woman telling me how stinky my stuff was. Got a midday bus to Cartagena with Zoe during which I was dealing with a really poorly stomach and a video of "Mr Bean does Paris" - not quite sure which was worse! Got a place at Hotel Holiday in the old quarter and went straight to the Pharmacy where I was given an antiseptic for my stomach - whatever that is? We then spent the afternoon lazing and dozing at the hostel nursing swollen feet and...

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Jul 16, 2007 - Cartagena, page 2

Cartagena is definitely one of the coolest cities we have ever visited. It is by far the best preserved colonial city either of us have ever seen. We spent 4 days just walking around the old town, and could have easily spent more time, but the cost was an issue. Lodging and food were pretty expensive, as well as all the hosh-posh boutique stores. If you just looked a little farther inside the city, you could find many remnants of the old charm. We were sad to leave, but happy to explore a more "Colombian" corner of the country. We decided...

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Jul 14, 2007 - Cartagena, a pirates haven

Cartagena de Indias is coastal town on the Carribean, and the jewel of Colombia. It is one of the finest preserved colonial cities we have ever visited. You can spend days just roaming the old streets and exploring all the little nooks and crannies. Most of the preserved, inner walls of the old fortress are filled boutique shops and expensive hotels, but you can still find much of the old charm. There are old fortresses, convents, and churches scattered throughout the city. We looked at a couple of hostals and seemed a little shady, so we...

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Jul 14, 2007 - Welcome to Colombia! Finally made it to South America!

Welcome to Colombia and Patrick's Swan song WELCOME TO COLOMBIA!! And for me welcome to the South American continent. Our journey is over, we all survived and as we wait onboard as Guido goes off the get passport formalities sorted. Patrick is unfortunate enough though to provide the most entertaining spectacle of the trip. He fell through the wooden plank over the bow of the ship, whether he was there trying to do a Kate and Leonardo DiCaprio Titanic bit I don't know but he broke the plank and fell through. Even worse he got jammed in the...

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EZ Duz it!

Apr 25, 2007 - Cartagena in less than Ideal Weather

Last night after updating the diary I went for a walk round the ship and met the "Star Lady" who had given the presentation earlier. Through the varying cloud she pointed out various constellations, including the Southern Cross, which, of course, is not visible from Canada. During this, we were approached by the ship's security officer and summarily ordered downstairs where apparently the "Star Lady" had left a bag unattended. The fact that it was practically empty (she had taken her equipment up on deck) and her husband was nearby...

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Apr 17, 2007 - Cartagena

As expected, upon arriving at Cartagena airport, jumping into a taxi and asking for my hostel, Casa Viena, I was met by a look of shock and a comment along the lines of, 'Are you sure?, that area is so dangerous. There's drugs and prostitutes and lots of really poor and bad people there. I know another place that's much safer for you'. For a green backpacker, you'd probably start freaking, maybe a cold sweat and start questioning your choice in accomodation. After a while you get used to these tactics, and as the driver gets more...

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The Wanderer

Mar 31, 2007 - Cartagena, Colombia

SUNDAY, APRIL 1, 2007. CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA. We have arrived to hot and humid Cartagena. The old walled city, where we are staying, is a beautiful place to wander, particularly since many of the streets are empty of traffic. Many of the multi-hue colored buildings have been restored or are undergoing restoration. The most notable architectural feature are second floor wooden balconys that overlook the streets below. The downside of the restoration is that the old city looks new. Many of the retail shops and restaurants that occupy ground...

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Jan 14, 2007 - Cartegena, Columbia

Cartagena, Columbia, 89 degrees, sunny and hot. Took a very comprehensive five hour tour. Beautiful neo-colonial city with lots of flowered balconies. Reminded Gretchen a lot of Old San Juan. Visited a fortress and the "new city" on the beach. Enjoyed the tour and city more than we expected. Sailed at sunset (5:30). They had set a Veuve Cliquot champagne bar on the top deck so we toasted our sail. It was beautiful. Nice dinner and show - a young British soprano who sang everything from Broadway to opera. Had a winning night at the casino!

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Nov 10, 2006 - Glueck muss man haben....

Wieder in Cartagena versuchen wir irgendwie nach Mittelamerika zu kommen. Ein Boot ist bereit uns nach Panama mit zu nehmen fuer 250 US Dollar. Das schein ok zu sein, und wir wollen eine Nacht darueber schlafen. Am naechsten Tag gehen wir zur Marina und versuchen unser Glueck erneut. Vielleicht gibt es ja jemanden der gerade nach Panama segeln will und noch eine Crew braucht. Und wir haben Glueck. Ein Franzose ist sofort bereit uns mit zu nehmen, wenn wir ihm beim Segeln helfen. Als wir zum ersten mal sein Boot sehen fallen wir fast um- ein...

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Patrick on the road

Oct 25, 2006 - Piratennest

Cartagena Cartagena wird oft die schoenste coloniale Stadt Suedamerikas genannt. Die Altstadt ist umgeben von riesigen Mauern, die Cartagena einst vor Piraten und Englaendern schuetzen sollten. Nun, die Piraten scheinen immer noch da zu sein. Jeder quatscht einen auf der Strasse an und will irgend etwas haben oder verkaufen. Ausserdem ist es so heiss, nach 5 Minuten bin ich total durchgeschwitzt.

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Patrick on the road

Sep 8, 2006 - Cartagena revisited

After San Gil I had a choice, 9 hours on a bus back to Bogotá or make my way north back to the coast. As I had to be back in the capital for a entrance test for the spanish course on the 13th, I thought I might try and enjoy beaches and nice weather for a few days. I figured that once I started the course there wouldn't be any time for escaping to the coast. The bus company lied to me. Told me 12 hours to Cartagena from San Gil. I've got the measure of it now, took 16.5 hours, bored as hell by the end of it and 7 hours of the trip was...

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Aug 26, 2006 - Volcan Lodo

We tried a new extreme sport - Volcano Mud Bathing! I wouldn't recommend it to anybody, it's a pretty dirty story and it takes ages to wash off the mud in the nearby lagoon. Alexis however pretty liked it, enjoyed a massage and playing in the mud, which was that thick that you couldn't go under! I was trying to hide my bud in the mud when a local school class arrived, however this was almost impossible...

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