Nine days of beach in Taganga and finally getting all the sand out of my hair made me have enough of beach for the time being so I spent all my days exploring the walled city. I had good intentions of doing a few day trips from Cartagena but that never happened. I've been having big problems with my knee the last week and that has gotten me really down so I haven't been in the mood of going anywhere else. Short walks within the walled city has been enough.
To get my bearings I did do a free walking tour on my first day here though. Not as great as the one in Medellin but good enough. This tour only covers the historic centre which is one part of the walled city. All the areas within the walled city look pretty similar except that there is no street art in the historic centre. Maybe other people sees it differently but this is how i feel:)
I find the walled city very beautiful, no high rise buildings, colourful houses, leafy greens on the houses and again some good street art a bit everywhere. The streets are very narrow and the side walks are even more narrow so its good that there is not much traffic around since in a lot of places you can not pass another person on the side walk without stepping in to the street. Below you can see a picture of a car that is kind of struggling fitting on to one of many narrow streets as well.
The people also makes the Cartagena, since i spent nearly a week and a half here, staying in the same hostel, I'm getting very hello hello with the people i meet pretty much every day. This is anyone from the people selling fruit on the street, the grumpy man in the corner store that now have turned a bit happier, the old men just chilling along the streets to the young men who gave the cat calls in the beginning but have now turned in to me stopping for some daily chit chat.
One of the days I crossed path with a big group and they were recording a music video (Picture above). Me being not forceful when it comes to pictures didn't want to interrupt and be in the way while they were doing there thing so one quick shot had to do!
There is a street called "Portal de los dulcet" in the historic centre. Only thing that can be bought here are cookies and other sweets. One must is the coconut cookies, something i kind of gotten addicted to. Very sweet but oh so good.
I'm staying in the Getsemani area, here are plenty of small restaurants, bars, hostels, hotels and some divine street food. I'm at the far side of this area but still only five minutes walk to reach what you need and about a ten minute walk to the historic centre. The perfect thing about that is that there is no loud music around. Oh, i sound so old:) The four pictures below are taken in the Getsemani area.
I managed to chose another hostel that is not a party hostel but at the same time it has a very social feel. There has been plenty of Argentinians and a few Mexicans staying here so there has been perfect opportunities to practice my Spanish. Also the boys working in reception has helped me, hard work but I like.
Where I stayed???
Pachamama, a great hostel with good atmosphere. The dorms have three high bunk beds and are cleaned good daily. Breakfast was included and coffee for free all day long. Very international mix staying here.
Where to eat???
I actually only had dinner at a restaurant one time, all the other days I enjoyed different street food. The street food in Cartagena has been awesome and if you think i got food poisoning then the answer is; defiantly no:)
I decided that it was time for a career break. So handed in my notice to the company who I worked with for the last ten years. It's time to pack my bag and depart from Amsterdam which been my home town for the last 4.5 years. -"Amsterdam, it's not you it's me and I need a break!". Read more
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