My Colombia adventure began nicely with a flight out of Panama on Avianca Airlines. They certainly do have a very comfortable coach section. Plenty of legroom and a personal entertainment system. My brief layover in the airport in Bogota was very pleasant due it’s world class amenities and Colombian coffee. I arrived at my choice little hotel at Midnight, and thankfully there was a night watchman to let me into what would prove to be a very nice home for the next five days.
HOTEL LA MAGDALENA – Clean place, A/C, Good Wifi, 40″ TV, Central Location. $30/night
Cozy and Clean Room
Rough and Tumble – Across the street from my hotel.
THE GETSEMANÍ – My Neighborhood – A bit on the scruffy side, but it is supposedly the “real” Cartagena. The Old Town is more posh and touristic, but very nice indeed with stylish shops, 5-star hotels, and great restaurants. Not to mention some interesting architecture with lots of history.
HAVANA – A popular club for those really into salsa music. Nice inside, but unfortunately salsa’s not my thing. I was hoping for some good Cuban Jazz.
MORE GETSEMANÍ DISTRICT
DOG DAY AFTERNOON
One of the many walls built by the Spanish to keep out pirates and other marauders.
These old walls are in better shape than most of the sidewalks.
CASTELLANA DF – Charming restaurant on the way to the Old Town where I dine, drink cappuccino, and work on my blog as I am doing now. A/C and Carlos Jobim round out the experience nicely. Mixed reviews on tripadvisor, but it’s been flawless for me in my three visits thus far.
GIO- One of the many nice people here at Castellana DF who turn every dining experience into a cherished moment in my nomad life. Gio studies structural engineering, and if my instincts are correct she will be lending her talents in the region before long. Perhaps the ongoing upgrades at the Panama Canal await or the endless projects in the same city.
EL TORRE DEL RELOJ – THE CLOCKTOWER – OLD TOWN ENTRANCE
PEDRO DE HEREDIA – The city founder stands watch over a square inundated with prostitutes. Given the amount of poverty and lack of opportunity, women from all over Colombia flock to Cartagena to earn a living.
ONE OF MANY NIGHTCLUBS ON THE SQUARE
Just another $250,000,000 behemoth probably owned by some white collar criminal.
FERNANDO BOTERO – It’s quite surprising that the church would allow this immodest Botero piece out in front of it. Of course, they are not so uptight with sexuality in parts of South America regardless of the Catholic influence. Rio de Janeiro and it’s brazenly sexual Carnaval is a perfect example of this.
EL TORRE DEL RELOJ
A wild and crazy rooftop dance club overlooking the square. Clearly I am once again the old guy in the room, but I have been hankering for a dance so badly for months on end so I broke out the dancing shoes and let it rip with ladies #2 & #3. Definitely an enjoyable way to practice the Spanish.
Worth The Price Of Admission – A local lady shows her best moves as she dances the night away solo. Oh yeah, the clocktower is in the background in case anybody noticed. She looked just as good from the front. Nice person too.
A young lady borrows my hat for a photo op.
JESSICA – No hats necessary.
EL CASTILLO SAN FELIPE DE BARAJAS – A fortress built by the Spanish. Sorry, a little bit lax on the history here. I’m just a little reticent to go digging because I have had my fill of U.S. atrocities over the last couple of countries so I decided to give it a rest in Colombia. I’m sure I’ll find plenty of leftover nefarious activities in Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, and Chile. Until then there’s plenty of Trump to be horrified about.
Lots of nooks and crannies which I presume were for storing ammunition.
COLOMBIAN FLAG – A nice looking banner.
Pegasus and Friend – Old Town and Clock Tower in the background.
Some sort of egret or waterbird poking around the canal.
MUSEO DE ARTE MODERNO – Fantastic experience for only $3.00!
Enrique GRAU – Maqueta de Maria Mulata – 2004
The lighting and quality of space planning make this a truly world-class experience for the price of a cup of coffee.
Enrique GRAU – Panoramica De Cartagena – 2004
Ana Mercedes HOYOS – Guacamaya – 1992
Gustavo ZALAMEA – Sin Titulo – Bogota
Bibiana VELÉZ – Gran Ofrenda – Cartagena 2000
Pierre DAGUET – Ondinas – 1977
Araujo SANTOYO – Young Ladies
Ofelia RODRIGUEZ – Luminous Yellow Dream of a Mountain of Life – 1992
One of the many quality spaces in the museum.
Sebastiao DE SOUZA – No Title – Brazil
Alain BOIX – Cadena Finita – Cuba 2006
Cecilia PORRAS – Flores Amarillas – Cartagena 1969
Pedro RUIZ – Bogota 1999
Nelly DEL RIO – Untitled – Cartagena 2000