Day 47: In the land of coffee and cocaine

After 5 days of civilized living (ie. air conditioned city life!), we are back on the road again. There was a little tingle of the feeling we had when we left Canada and our “settled down” lifestyle. I was definitely excited about seeing South America, but I felt a hint of travelers’ fatigue weighing down on me. Long bus rides again, hot sweaty days, insect bites… Wouldn’t it be nice to have a place called home… but where?

Cartagena

I’m losing the drive to photograph, frustrated with the lack of rewarding pictures, and worst of all… I don’t know where to go.

Strolling on a quiet Sunday morning

We landed in Cartagena (Colombia) last night to kickstart our South America journey and the feelings began to shift. The old town is jaw dropping gorgeous and without doubt one of the most beautiful places I had seen. Old colonial houses with balconies hanging snugly over narrow stone streets, plazas and squares surrounded by cathedrals and clock towers, arched walkways under palm trees and banana leaves – all this within stone walls built to protect the city from pirate sieges. The people are proud and friendly, the streets safe, and the history intriguing: Founded in the 16th century, Cartagena was the main Spanish port on the Caribbean, storing treasure plundered by the conquistadores prior to being shipped back to Spain.

Here we are in the land of coffee and cocaine, and I’m hoping for some good shots… but I don’t know. Patience is a virtue and I know I don’t have much… not for staying in the same place too long just to hunt out the perfect composition; I should work harder at it, but I tend to let fate stir me into the right place at the right time.

Colonial grandeur
Chilling on the city walls as the sun goes down

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3 Comments

  1. Rendy says:

    It looks exactly like the Southern islands of Spain!

    Have you also seen some Columbian emeralds yet?

    Rendy

  2. ace says:

    boooo why cant i see the pics.. maybe i will check it again later. hope u guys are having a wonderful time. i think u'll still be inspired to take pics.. u just need to stop thinking about it. btw my mom asked how dai bei loong is! hahahahaahahhaa! miss u 2!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Why can't we see photos of you and your wife? it's always post cards photos why why why?

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