Cartagena, Colombia


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November 23rd 2010
Published: December 5th 2010
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Sitting by the BundaSitting by the BundaSitting by the Bunda

Botero, Plaza Santa Domingo, Cartagena
Another Thanksgiving, and another trip down "south" as daddy says it is easier to travel in Central and South America than the United States during this time. He has taken me to Costa Rica and Honduras for Thanksgiving, and this time it was Cartagena, Colombia. Daddy had never been to Colombia so it was a first for both of us.

A short 2 1/2 hours flight, and we arrived. I loved the city. It had a cool wall that kept out pirates a long time ago and we stayed right in the middle of it at a place called Casa de Chicheria. While it was mostly dorm rooms, daddy and I had our own room. It had a cute little pool that I loved playing in after a day of checking out the city. Our first day we walked along the wall and I played with the cannons. We went shopping for dresses and dolls and took a horse carriage ride. For dinner, I was wanting shrimp and daddy found a cool little restaurant that we had a lot of fun in.

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After dinner we went to the nearby plaza Santa Domingo. This
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VERY EXCITED Plaza Santa Domingo
was my favorite place in the city. They had a lot of music and performers and sold a whole bunch of jewelry and instruments. However, my favorite part of the square was the big fat lady statue with the big "bunda" (botero sculpture). For the next 3 nights we ate at restaurants in this square, right near the big bunda. I loved this place. We had Thanksgiving dinner there, and since I did not have turkey and stuffing, I drew pictures of it and instead had really tasty spaghetti.

We spent 2 days going to the mud volcano and the islands of Rosario which are in another blog, but we also saw a lot of things around the city. One day it rained very hard, but we still made it up to the Convento de la Popa.....I had a lot of fun with umbrella in the rain and liked the different things found in the convent.

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One day when daddy was going to take me to a restuarant, I saw a bunch of people eating some food on the street cooked by a woman. It looked good and fun so I asked daddy if we could eat there....daddy was very impressed. We then ate some great "street food" like yucca stuffed with meat, arepas, and other stuff that we were not sure what they were. I loved it!

One of my favorite places in Cartagena, after the big bunda, was the Castle of San Felipe. I loved going down the dark tunnels. It reminded me and daddy of Scooby Doo. It was so much fun. It also had the biggest flag I had ever seen.

















My First Ever Video That I Ever Took (Not so bad for a 5 year old):

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On the last day, we met a really nice woman named Karina, who stayed at our hostel. She went out with us to the Cafe del Mar.....we were basically the only ones there as it was raining a little, but we didn't care and it was beautiful. We then went to my favorite square with the Bunda and had a good dinner. I had a lot of fun showing her my sponge bob game
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Tunnels of Castillo de San Felipe
and I think she had just as much fun with it as I did.

While I did not get any Turkey for Thanksgiving, I had a blast in Cartagena. The 2 day trips were a lot of fun, especially the mud volcano.

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Pointing to the BundaPointing to the Bunda
Pointing to the Bunda

Botero, Plaza Santa Domingo, Cartagena
Hanging out in the RainHanging out in the Rain
Hanging out in the Rain

Convento de la Popa
Me and my Favorite MimeMe and my Favorite Mime
Me and my Favorite Mime

Plaza Santa Domingo, Cartagena
Craving ShrimpCraving Shrimp
Craving Shrimp

First Dinner in Cartagena
This is Really CoolThis is Really Cool
This is Really Cool

Tunnels of Castillo de San Felipe
Me and and the Big BundaMe and and the Big Bunda
Me and and the Big Bunda

Botero Sculpture, Plaza Santa Domingo
My Nightly Pic by the BundaMy Nightly Pic by the Bunda
My Nightly Pic by the Bunda

Plaza Santa Domingo
So much fun in the little poolSo much fun in the little pool
So much fun in the little pool

Casa de la Chicheria
All SmilesAll Smiles
All Smiles

Plaza Santa Domingo, Cartagena
This was right above our bedThis was right above our bed
This was right above our bed

Casa de la Chicheria, Cartagena
More Poses in Front of the BundaMore Poses in Front of the Bunda
More Poses in Front of the Bunda

Plaza Santa Domingo, Cartagena


7th December 2010

Great entry!
Hi, Cartagena is very very high on our wishlist...but it's a little more than 2 hours flight from Bangkok. Hopefully we will get there sometimes in 2012. Very nice to see both of you and already a Merry Christmas. Peter
8th December 2010

Thanks!
Peter, thanks for the comments, and you guys look like you are doing a lot of cool travelling as well. Let me know if you and your family are ever in Miami.
18th January 2011

Blog of the year, 2010
Congratulations! :) This blog was nominated as one of the best of 2010, in the South America/Adventure category. ''...And of course, Sofia and her Dad for travelling the world 'through my eyes.' They are currently in Columbia...I think that is so fantastic!'' http://www.travelblog.org/Topics/27154-1.html
11th May 2011

Fabulous!
What a fabulous trip! How long a break do you get for Thanksgiving? I think living in Miami sounds brilliant, you are so close to so many cool places, and I found that you can get a ferry to Cancun which sounds pretty cool, I now have bought a flight all the way but wished I had seen that earlier, could have been fun! I would definitely like to emulate this trip! With all these wonderful trips, you must be pretty fluent in Spanish by now, another great benefit to travelling!!! I am absolutely loving reading your blogs!

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