Yesterday was a long but interesting day. It began and ended with lots of walking and included a four-hour open bus tour around the city and peninsula. Our guide – Jairo – was knowledgeable and his love for Cartagena was clear, but he spoke very fast and even with loud bus speakers, it was difficult understanding him.
There is much rich history here, and I will need to do more research to gain a better understanding. Most of the other people on the bus were friendly Colombians on holiday. One of the other tourists was a young woman from Munich who spoke fluent Spanish, but even she had trouble understanding the narrative. She’s leaving for Cali tomorrow and makes frequent trips to South America.
Another guest at my Bed & Breakfast is from Canada and has traveled extensively throughout South America. He gave me some pointers. His wonderful graphic descriptions of traveling through the high Andes were inspiring and definitely gave me something to look forward to!
Below are photos of some of the street art I saw during the outing yesterday. Still learning about the local artists and the symbolism of their work. Cartagena is a lovely fascinating place! I’m acclimatizing slowly to the heat and humidity – life moves at a slow pace here. More later!