Cartagena de Indias, . We have been in Colombia for about 5 days now, in the run up to Easter (apparently today is Holy Thursday?). The last couple of days in the historic Colombia port of Cartagena and before this on the Caribbean close to Tayrona National Park in Northern Colombia. Not quite picture postcard Caribbean sandy beaches, but it was certainly very hot and sunny and it was nice to relax and take it easy for a few days on the beach.
I have spent the last couple of days exploring the old city and enjoying the nightlife of this energetic city. After Venezuela it is a bit of a shock to the system to be in such a major tourist centre (the cruse ships all stop here, so there are lots of loud Americans with more money than sense), but it has been really interesting to learn more about the Spanish conquest in Colombia.
Next stop is
in the West of the country. Medellin was once the drug and murder capital of the world during the times of Pablo Escobar, so it will be interesting to see how the city has changed. One of the things I am most looking forward to is a change in the weather as Medellin is supposed to have a pleasant year-round climate (it is located at 1495m above sea level). After weeks and weeks of 30+ degrees day and night, it will be nice to hopefully experience some cool weather again. Medellin