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Monthly Archives: November 2009

Improve Your Spanish :: Cartagena, Colombia

By Nick H-J
When you ship to Cartagena, you may decided to stick around for a while, and I recommend you do.  We ended up staying nearly five weeks.  Arriving in South America was sort of a milestone for me and I realized that if I was going to become proficient (or better, fluent), in [...]

A Gift for Mama Nira: Part II

To read Part I of this story, click HERE.
In addition to the liquor compartment that Nick, Greg, and Lee constructed for Mama Nira, we decided that her juice stand needed a little marketing.  So I painted a sign on the side of her cart in English to attract tourists in the plaza.
I hope our [...]

Ramblers Interviewed: Belinda and Dominic

Like many ramblers we met in Cartagena who used Barwil Shipping Agencies, Belinda and Dominic, a couple driving their Volkswagen van from Canada, spent a great deal of time in Cartagena due to vehicle shipping delays.  Fortunately for us, we were able to meet Belinda and Dominic and hear about their experience on the road.  [...]

Pirate Camping :: Cartagena, Colombia

By Nick H-J
Notwithstanding all the other complications, timing of arrival in Cartagena is tricky since you will be traveling separately from your vehicle.  Assuming you can get yourself and your vehicle there at roughly the same time, there is still the process of retrieving it from the port and getting it through customs.  This basically [...]

A Custom-made Wedding Dress :: Cartagena, Colombia

Our wedding bells may not be ringing until next year, but my chance to have an affordable wedding dress designed was slowly waning.  Since our stay in Cartagena has lasted over a month now, I contacted a few tailors for information regarding custom-made wedding dresses.  Fortunately, I found Maria Luisa Valencia, the director of [...]

A Gift for Mama Nira :: Cartagena, Colombia

Everyday at 2:00 p.m., Nira assembles her juice stand in la Plaza de la Trinidad, located less than a block from our hostel, Casa Valda.  “La Misericordia de Dios” (The Mercy of God), is painted in faded reds and blues across her four-wheeled wooden cart, and the counter is neatly assembled with oranges, passionfruit, [...]

A Mugging in Cartagena

We unfortunately received a call tonight that Greg and Kerri, our friends who sailed us to Colombia (and who are also our current hostel roommates), were mugged tonight at a portion of la muralla, the wall that lines portions of Cartagena.  While sitting in one of the inset windows, two men approached them and demanded [...]

Useful Links for Ramblers

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Ramblers Interviewed: Dominic, Alex, and Adam

Since Cartagena, Colombia is the arrival port for most ramblers shipping their vehicles from Panama to Colombia, our long stay in this beautiful city has connected us to countless travelers driving the Americas.
It was especially exciting to meet Dominic, Alex, and Adam, since emails between Dominic and I began in early July. “Hi Rochelle,” he [...]

Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

Despite Cartagena de Indias’ large size, this vibrant and historic city offers countless intimate moments to it’s visitors.  Discovered by the Spanish in 1501, the city was founded in 1533, and, like many cities in Latin America, retains the fingerprint of Spanish colonial architecture and cultural influence.  Centuries-old buildings with terra cota [...]