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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…

Those Montréal flood photos that I promised to share

I started writing this post a few days ago; and then, it didn’t seem like the flooding would be as…

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…

Setting the stage for pirate attacks on Cartagena

Now that the Spanish had “control” of the various Caribbean cultures in Cartagena (see this post), and they had people…

The Inquisition in Cartagena

The inquisition ties together the two previous posts about the peoples and cultures in Colombia. It’s true that during the…

The Peoples of the Sierra Nevada

One of the most disappointing things about this trip was the scant evidence in Cartagena showing the history of the…

Afro-Caribbean Influences in Cartagena

You can find reference to the Plaza de Los Coches clock tower in Cartagena from just about anywhere. And throughout…

The South American Culture Trip

I don’t know how to describe the intent of this trip. The idea started when La Niña was much younger…

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