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Colombia

The Beginning of the End

sunny 31 °C

Colombia was great from the start, probably because we were excited about it and also because we met some lovely people straight off the bat. On the plane we met lovely Eliza and Kelly and at the airport we met Tom and Marcus . We shared a taxi with them to town and had a lovely evening with Kelly and the boys, eating vegetarian food and having a few happy hour drinks.

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The neighborhood that we were in, La Candelaria, was a cool bohemian style place with lovely muriels and quirky little shops. Our hostel was also super sweet with the loveliest people who agreed to store our big bags for the duration of our 2 week colombian trip. This was so kind as it allowed us cheaper and easier travel over the following 2 weeks. Our second day in Bogota we spent at a small flea market at the outskirts of town, then we went to the famous gold museum. As it was a Sunday it was free entrance, wahoo! The museum was cool with loads and loads of gold and lots of interesting information. After the museum we met up with the boys and had a quick meal with them again before departing for the airport.

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At the airport we randomly bumped into Eliza and her friends and shared yet another cab with her once we landed in Cartagena. In Cartagena we stayed in the old town which was surrounded by the old wall. The Spanish built it back in the day after being attacked and robbed on several occasions by pirates. The old town was so beautiful. It's full of old colonial houses and buildings with pretty balconies, painted in lots of different beautiful colors and covered in vines. Every new street offers lovely architecture, cafe's, ice cream parlours and fancy shops. The town is also full of horse drawn carriages which really takes you back in time. We spent 4 days here taking in the sites and going to the not so fancy, but functional, beach. We had a great time getting burnt, riding a jet ski, eating frozen yoghurt and drinking some yummy coffee. We had one night out where we met Eliza and friends, dancing on the roof of a hostel. It was good fun :)

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Our final night we went to this semi famous restaurant in the old town called "La Cevicheria". Here we had amazing ceviche (raw fish marinated in lime juice) and beautiful grilled red snapper fish with the most tastiest coconut rice. I hope we are able to recreate the rice somehow, it was just so tasty! To top off the night we headed for an ice cream shop for a scoop of yumminess, or two. Perfect night!

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The next morning we were off to the airport again and off to Medellin. We had been deciding between going further north of Cartagena to Santa Marta and Tyrona or going to the northwest of colombia to Capurgana and Sapzurro. We ended up deciding on the latter as it offered more of a secluded and less touristy beach destination. So the plan was one night in Medellin then one week in the Caribbean coast. Unfortunately, after trekking for 30 min to get to the airport to by our tickets in Medellin, we were told they were sold out. So after a lot of back and forth we were finally told there were some more expensive seats available for the day after. Thank goodness! I was about to have a break down, all I wanted was the beach and the Caribbean.

We spent our time in Medellin sorting ourselves out, eating all the free samples at the massive supermarket, and doing a little shopping. You could almost have a whole meal there with all the free samples! It was weirdly nice to do something as "normal" as going to a mall. Tom bought a loadof clothes and our only issue now is getting all our stuff home, although most of my clothes are worn and aching to be thrown out.

Our colombian trip so far has been pretty chilled and relaxing, just what we wanted it to be. Our final "trip" within our trip is up next, the colombian coast and the carribean!

Much love, Katty

Posted by TomAndKat 07:23 Archived in Colombia

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