Yesterday, we flew to Cartagena. Colombia really knows how to keep things moving at an airport — we were through customs in 20 minutes and made our connecting flight with time to spare. The U.S. could take a lesson…
Today, we explored Cartagena. I think we might be falling in love…Everyone has been so friendly so far and the city is beautiful.
We walked all around the old quarter:
We walked on the old walls:
We sat on cannons:
We saw cool door knockers (apparently, the door knocker used to signify who lived there — lizards were for royalty because of some myth that lizards could detect snakes from a distance):
We stopped at the Juan Valdez cafe (come on, you know we had to…):
We saw an old pope (not that we even knew it was a pope until our tour guide told us although I guess the pointy hat should have been a dead giveaway):
And Simon Bolivar (right next to the inquisition museum, which we are hoping to visit later):
And Christopher Columbus (apparently considered a bit of a hero around these parts):
And a famous fat lady made by Botero (apparently, we will see more of these in Medellin, as the artist is from there):
And the creepiest statue ever (apparently, it is supposed to be a priest and a slave):
We stopped at the Hard Rock Cafe (but only because they have clean bathrooms — it was getting to be an emergency — and only for drinks):
We saw an amazing sunset:
And we finished the day with pizza and popsicles (seriously, they have stores here that sell nothing but popsicles):
Tomorrow, we are going on a street food tour. If we aren’t head over heels tonight, I suspect we will be by tomorrow night….