colombia

Of everything about this trip, I was most excited to visit Cartagena, Colombia. Geeking out over, and romanticizing the rich history, imagining how it would be.
I was fired up!

Then we got there.
It was straight chaos.
There was an Iron Man competition going on, as well as a huge Italian cruise ship in port with us.
The city was teeming with people. Narrow sidewalks and streets were crowded. It was overcast, hot and humid. To say I was overstimulated is a gross understatement.

However tricky it was getting around, it was as beautiful as I’d imagined.
Through the benefit of hindsight, I realize I enjoyed it much more than it felt like I did when I was actually there.

I learned to pronounce the city name properly. It’s car-tah-hey-na not cart-a-hayne-ya.
I learned that ‘no’ is the same in Spanish and English.
I was reminded of how much patience and kindness my husband has in him.
I was reminded it’s OK to admit it when you’ve got nothing left in your tank.
I learned that when a man shows up in a taxi, miraculously at the exact moment you need him most, he was sent by the Powers That Be to rescue you, bring you a bit of peace, and change your entire point of view.

I think when traveling it’s easy to consider one’s excitement, anticipation, and expectations and much more difficult to recognize or acknowledge when one is travel weary.
By the time we got to Cartagena, I was travel weary, but didn’t realize it. I truly felt like a little child, over-tired, overwhelmed, overstimulated and on the verge of a meltdown. I did my best to hold it together. To embrace and enjoy the beauty of the city.

The old city is a ridiculously beautiful place, and this little street was absolutely my favorite!

This ‘bucket list’ trip was everything it could possibly be and even more.
Time with YBW away from the daily grind was a precious gift. We travel well together. We understand what piques each other’s curiosity and interest. We enthusiastically engage in sharing experiences.
We are as content to explore crowded streets, manage language barriers, and ride in death trap taxis as we are to quietly lounge in the shade, drink cocktails in a piano bar, and stargaze.
I’m so grateful we made this trip together!

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  1. Sounds cool Ro bynbird ā˜ŗ

  2. šŸ™‚ The taxi story made me smile.

    • I will forever believe that man “just happened by” because of divine intervention. His energy was so healing in that moment and it eased me greatly. ā¤

      • Oh, I think you’re right. One of my neighbors told us a great story about getting lost on a trail in Hawaii and praying for an angel. A man with tattooed angel wings came along right afterwards. šŸ˜€

      • That’s exactly it! What a lovely story ā¤

  3. it certainly looks like a beautiful place. I would like to hear more about where you stayed, and the death trap taxi!

    • The deathtrap taxi was at the beginning of our day in Cartagena. And it was more the driving than the car itself. These folks cared nothing for lanes or traffic or lights. And the taxi we were in got hit by another car, our driver just hollered out the window and kept going. I was like, WTF? and YBW was all, It’s OK, baby we were going slowly enough I dont even think it scratched the paint.
      I mean, I learned to drive in the DC Metro area, a place notorious for its traffic, but that was an entirely new thing for me in Colombia! šŸ˜‚

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