|Yellow Dot is Earthling|
Most high rises are in Boca Grande, where upper class Carthaginians live in addition to many tourist that stay in the big hotels. On the main street in Boca Grande you will find all the fast food chains and many other smaller restaurant. Boca Grande is compared to Miami and it has a similar vibe. The entire area is surrounded by water, on the east side there are good paths for running and roller blading and on the ocean side are the long packed beaches, which doesn’t come close to south beach but pretty for themselves.
Our north view, "Centro El Historico" (Old Town) or the walled city goes back 500 years. There is actually a wall surrounding the historic city and the old town is considered a world heritage site. El Centro is the prettiest part of greater Cartagena. There are zillions of boutiques, street vendors, hotels, and restaurants among beautiful colorful historic constructions.
Boca Grande and Old Town are highly surveilled by security and police. We are anchored by Manga in between Club Nautico and Club Pesca. Manga is also a nicer part of Cartagena. The actual populated city of Cartagena is a few miles away, which I have just taken the bus through to the terminal. Mostly I bike around El Centro, Getsemani, and Boca Grande.
|The Wall around Old Town|
All my visitors are gone now. Hector was aboard for 27 days, he left back to land life in Chicago. My good Colombian friend Paola that I know from Chicago visited from Valledupar for the easter week and it was a pleasant reunion. I always enjoy to have friends and visitors aboard, however I like to spend time alone as well. When you have company aboard you are less free and you have to think about crew’s well being and happiness. Now I’m solo here and my boat buddy Marius on “Chiron” is 100 feet away and we have to learn Spanish.
|Hector, Paola, Marius and I on the historic wall|
|Marius just bought a hat|
|Hector in front of Gertrude Statue|
|Paola and Earthling in the background|
Street Corners of Old Town
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