After four days in the jungle, I’ve returned to civilization and taken the most magnificent shower of my entire life.
The trek to La Ciudad Perdida was incredible, but it sure made me miss the luxury of a stroll around the walled-city of Cartagena, Colombia.
I’ll get to the trek soon, but today’s Snapshot
Saturday Sunday is in honor of the smiling faces that greeted me everyday in Cartagena. It was a city that was easy to get lost in, both literally and figuratively as the winding streets kept me blissfully content for two whole weeks of exploring and relaxing (i.e. not doing much of anything).
If you’re thinking about a trip to Colombia, I highly recommend Cartagena. There is so much enticing history, captivating architecture, and all of these smiling faces to welcome you to it all. If you’ve ever questioned why someone would want to visit Colombia, Cartagena will make you feel wonderfully foolish about all those suspicions and doubts.
The owners of shops can often be found manning the doorway instead of sitting behind cash registers while they wait for customers to arrive. Why miss out on all the town gossip within the confines of walls? These guys either really got a kick out of me taking their picture or thought I was a big weirdo. I’ll go with option A.
There is plenty of art to purchase on the streets of Cartagena. This guy thinks you should buy some. What — you don’t have X-ray vision? Trust me… he’s smiling.
It was totally worth the requisite $1 purchase of fresh mango to get this lady’s picture. How great is she??
Live music pulled me into Cafe Havana on more than one balmy Cartagena evening. The smiling musicians, dancing customers, and delicious mojitos are more than enough to make you forget the heat, sit back, and smile along with them.
Now that I can almost feel that icy glass of minty rum in my hand, its time to go find a better wi-fi connection in the hippy dippy town of Taganga where I’ll be spending the next few days. Stay tuned for the full story on my hike to La Ciudad Perdida where I discovered a very different side to Colombia.