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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Busy, Busy in Cartagena

We’ve been busy since our later than planned arrival in Cartagena. Our flight out of Miami was delayed due to nasty thunderstorms. Not that I am complaining that we left late—I would not have wanted to fly in that kind of weather anyway. Then upon our approach to the airport in Cartagena our pilot came on to tell us that the weather was not good on the ground and that we would be circling for a while until the weather cleared. However, if we didn’t get clearance to land in 20 minutes we would have to land somewhere else due to low fuel.  Thankfully, after flying in circles for nearer to 40 minutes, we landed at our correct designation. Everyone clapped when we landed.

On the way from airport our driver was side-swiped by another car and we pulled off so he could get out of the car and shout at the driver of the other car.

Since then things have gone more smoothly. Our small boutique hotel only has eight to ten rooms and our group is occupying them all. Somehow we ended up with the “Presidential Suite” which is lovely. It’s odd though because while our sleeping area is comfortably air-conditioned, our bathroom is not. Our shower is partially exposed to the outside. In this kind of humidity it makes perfect sense but was kind of a shock to walk into a room that felt like a sauna compared to the rest of the room which is kept closed off.

We have eaten well so far. I’ve tried fruits I have never seen before and grilled pulpo (octopus) which was absolutely delicious!! We had dinner the other night at a Peruvian Fusion restaurant. Yum.

We’re getting plenty of exercise walking around, but sweating buckets. It is like walking around in a sauna. I have never taken so many cold showers in my life.

Today we plan to take a taxi up to the old Spanish fort. We need to do that right after breakfast before it starts to really swelter, so I am going to close for now. There is much to tell you but I wanted to at least post something so you wouldn’t think we had gotten ourselves into trouble.



So happy to hear all is well and that you didn’t get into any trouble—-Yet! So far, it sounds like an interesting trip and I’m looking forward to more photos.

Good to hear from you.  Will be interested to hear about the rest of your trip. Always knew you were ‘Presidential’ material.

Sounds great! I love the photo—that is a very Spanish-looking street. I laughed at the side-swiped car story (well, after I realized you were fine). Motoring in other countries is always such an adventure.

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