Gimme a Break


We spent a couple of hours at this exact table watching Plaza Trinidad.

We spent a couple of hours at this exact table watching Plaza Trinidad.

I know that I’ve written here before about the importance of taking a break from your holiday. Admittedly, I can usually go a little longer before I must succumb to this primal need, but I think the heat and humidity of Cartagena was enough to tucker me out a little early this time. I refuse to believe that the fact that I’m getting older has anything to do with it. Whatever the reason, yesterday was just such a day.

Yesterday was just such a day. Neither Amanda nor I made it out of the apartment before noon. And then only because we were driven by hunger and thirst. But it was a fruitful trip. We finally settled on a funky little backpacker place for lunch that at first glance only had one thing going for it: It was air conditioned. Lunch was fine, but the real score was my SIM card that I had been searching high and low for. On the way back, with me now reconnected with the world-at-large, we happened upon a supermarket where we found many of the necessities we’d been lacking. We then made a bee line straight back to the apartment for the rest of the afternoon.

We spent a leisurely and entertaining evening sitting at a little restaurant call Demente watching the activity on Plaza Trinidad. It was very relaxing and felt like we had immersed ourselves into the local culture…very much a part of the neighborhood fabric.

Today we fly to Medellin which will likely prove to be a more urban experience and the weather is supposed to be much more agreeable there. I truly do like Cartagena for it’s dripping in colonial charm. Here are just a few parting shots in which I try to capture this flavor of this old city.

Making tortas-Plaza Trinidad

Making tortas-Plaza Trinidad

Baru

Baru

The people of Plaza Trinidad.

The people of Plaza Trinidad.

Around Cartagena

Around Cartagena

Around Baru

Around Baru

Around Baru

Around Baru

Around Cartagena

Around Cartagena

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Around Cartagena

Around Cartagena

Around Cartagena

Around Cartagena

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