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Love… demons… and slightly macabre stories from Cartagena

Of Love and Other Demons is the title of a book written by Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez and published…

Pablo Escobar & the Mystery Plane

While leaving the reef after snorkeling, I asked the captain of our boat, Donde es la casa de Pablo Escobar?…

Snorkling the Corales Islas del Rosario

The name of the Rosario Islands is literally, Corales Islas del Rosario. It’s a chain of islands linked together by…

The Rosario Islands: The Experience

I was nervous about booking this trip. If you’ve ever been to Cartagena you’d know that the streets are filled…

Coffee in the Old City of Cartagena

While Colombia is one of the great producers of coffee for the world, I’m not convinced that the high end…

The really cheesy street food of Cartagena

Colombians love their cheese (queso); and, their fish. But, you’ll rarely find raw seafood being served at one of the…

The wonderful street art of Getsemaní

Getsemaní used to be really dangerous. Drugs and prostitution happened openly on the streets and locals were reluctant to be…

El Runner

One section of the Bazurto market houses José Corredor (a.k.a. el Runner), his disciples, and adoring fans who photograph, video,…

That maze called Bazurto Market

One of the smartest things we did before arriving in Cartagena was to find a local guide to take us…

The Door Knockers (aldabas) of Cartagena

The decorations on many of the doors in old Cartagena tell a story of status; much like the crow-stepped gables…

Old buildings in Cartagena and the wall that makes the city famous

There is a preamble-post that sets the stage for pirate attacks on Cartagena by looking at the relationships of the…

Early pirate attacks on Cartagena that led to the building of a wall

There is a preamble-post that sets the stage for pirate attacks on Cartagena by looking at the relationships of the…

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