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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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Aug 24, 2006 - Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena is fanatastic - cude little streets with colourful houses decorade the old centre of the town - colonial style pure! It's hot here day and night, you wouldn't survive anywere without a fan...but the spirit is great! Fruit juice all the day, partying in the night and believe me, an ice cold beer never tasted that good! Checl out the pic's, I still can't quite believe we finally made it to the Caribbeans, it's an incrediable feeling!

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Jul 10, 2006 - Cartagena de Indias

A bit of a change from Quito. It's a lot like the caribbean here, weather, people etc. and a special mention for the humidity, incredible. This time this isn't just another colonial city, it's really pretty here and there is quite a bit of restoration work on the old buildings to keep the whole area looking nice. Each year there are competitions for the best looking balconies. They are really pretty covered in geraniums, bouganvillia etc. The colonial part of Cartagena is not big so it doesn't take too much time to see (max. 3 days). There...

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Jun 17, 2006 - CARTAGENA 2 - Colombia

Frisch und ausgeruht bin ich zurueck in Cartagena im Hostel Holiday angekommen. Hab mir gleich noch das letzte freie Einzelzimmer geschnappt, und mich darueber gefreut wie ein Honigkuchenpferd. Es schien als wuerde der diesmalige Versuch Cartagena etwas besser kennen zu lernen erfolgreicher ausfallen als waehrend den ersten 10 Tagen. Die meisten der grossen Partycrew waren inzwischen abgereist, bloss ein kleiner Ueberbleibsel war noch da, ueber deren Gesellschaft ich froh war, mir aber auch die gewisse noetige Freiheit liessen, nicht jedem...

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KARIN GOES FAR

Jun 3, 2006 - CARTAGENA 1 - Colombia

Am spaeteren Nachmittag bin ich nach einer reibungslosen 5 stuendigen Reise im Hostal Holiday in Cartagena angekommen. Auf den ersten Blick etwas heruntergekommen, hat mich das Hostel anfangs nicht so richtig ueberzeugen koennen aber ich war zu faul weiter zu suchen. Heute laechle ich darueber, wenn ich mich an mich erinnere, wie ich mit etwas unzufriedener und aufgebrachten Miene dort mein Zimmer bezog und sofort beschloss, nicht mehr als hoechstens 2 Naechte dort zu verbringen, und sobald ich all die noetigen Dinge organisiert haette...

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KARIN GOES FAR

Oct 16, 2005 - Cartagena de Indias

leaving from cali we had our longest bus ride thus far of 26 hours....it was not the best bus ride but at least it wasn`t filled with 50 teenage screaming girls...see before...we arrived in cali and found a cool hostal recommended by an australian surfer in cali...cartagena is a cool place with different parts to...for example the old city still has a wall surrounding it with little slits cut out bringing back memories of michael douglas holding on to an alligator in romancing the stone....we frequented quite a few places and to our luck...

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Whe're in America

Oct 11, 2005 - Cartagena - John gets a black eye

Mark - We flew into Colombia (all travel advice warns against travelling overland from Panama to Colombia due to guerilla activity around the Darien Gap by the border) a few days ago and are currently staying in Cartagena a beautiful colonial town on the Caribbean coast. The town has great buildings, beaches and a lively nightlife - a great combination. We met up with Pascal, a Swiss guy we first met in El Salvador, and two of his friends (Sara and Philipp) last night for what was meant to be a few drinks at a lovely bar situated on the...

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Aug 29, 2005 - Upon Arrival

Well I just pulled into Cartagena, yup at 7 a.m. the night bus; a grooling 13 hours. The buses aren't that uncomfortable as far as buses go but when you are confined for that long in your tiny little space it gets to you. The seats recline to an almost laying down postions but I have trouble shifting and turning and trying to get comfortable; I squeezed out a few hours of restless sleep. I met a guy, Martin, and his girlfriend, Jessica; Martin is from Cartagena and is an English teacher here. I am supposed to meet up with him later. He was...

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Newman's Journey

Jul 29, 2005 - Cartaghena, Colombia

Spent only a day in Bogota and didn't really do much there, pretty zonked from the bout of Lima belly and not up to much. Seemed like a really nice city and I was sorry not to be able to spend more time there, but time now pressing me on. Next step was to take an overnight bus to Cartaghena. My guidebook says to avoid overnight bus trips in Colombia, but what the hell, I figured it was a busy route, I didn't have the energy to try to find a flight and what were the chances of actually being robbed ? Thankfully I was right and had a...

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