03.05.2014 - 03.06.2014
We walked around most of the day yesterday just taking it it. This place is crazy. I still can't get over the hectic pace. Kelsey is right - it would be really nice if they were able to close of at least a portion of the old town to traffic but as it stands there are cars everywhere. The streets are all one way and very narrow so walking around is not just like having a leisurely stroll. I'm sitting on the balcony of our hotel now and the bustle below is really something - I think I might be growing to enjoy it a bit. Vendors hawking their wares, birds chirping, cars honking, old men singing.....
Last night we had dinner at a little spot just around the corner where there are several tables outside. The street faces a little park so there is a bit more room and people seem to use it to break out some entertainment for the tourists. While we were sitting outside having some coffee, a group of young men threw out a large blanket in the street and began breakdancing. They were really good too - fastest breakdancing I have ever seen! Later a group of young couples broke out a really loud session of salsa dancing mixed with intense jiggling.
We walked a portion of the fort wall facing the sea yesterday. Until I let my fear of heights get the best of me and turned back of course. We also went to the Palace of the Inquisition which is a museum that houses a couple floors on Cartagena's history and some really sadistic instruments of torture that were apparently used on those that were deemed to be witches or have committed acts of blasphemy against the church. Yikes.
Haven't decided what we will do today although one item on the list is this little place we are told has the best ceviche going....will have to try that. We will leave Cartagena early tomorrow morning and start making our way back to Bogota. Buses take 22 hours to make the trip so it will be 2 long days of driving for us.
All the photos of the last couple days are on the other camera so cannot transfer until we get home. Not sure if we will have wifi tomorrow so don't worry if no posts.
Love to all.