The wall of Cartagena

Ever since moving here, I’ve been fascinated with the city’s a href=”http://wall”>http://www.reservas.net/alojamiento_hoteles/cartagenadeindias_walls.htm.

Last week, I finally decided to take the time to walk most of it and gain a bird’s view of the city and the coast.

Cartagena’s wall is clearly reflected in its pirate history.
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cartagena,_Colombia
http://www.colombiaexplorer.com/tours/colonial-towns/walled-city-cartagena/

You can walk almost the entire wall, there’s a short gap which is too narrow to pass. The walk takes about an hour, especially if you stop for 70 (!) pictures along the way. From houses, shops, restaurants and plants, everything can be seen from atop of the wall. On the outside of the wall is the coastal route out of the city and towards the airport, Crespo and eventually towards Baranquilla. Not only can you witness the life on the road, but also in the Caribbean Sea. Pelicans fishing, fishing boats and the waves breaking. If you do the walk late afternoon, you’ll get to witness the sunset over the Caribbean Sea as well as get the opportunity to stop at Cafe del Mar or Tascabar for a sunset beverage.

Go out. Explore your own backyard, you know there’s things you’ve never seen and experienced.

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We love it here

Over 7 months ago, we boarded a plane to Bogotá and a few days later to Cartagena, the city on the bay we call home. Few know that we had actually considered Bogotá as an option, but selected Cartagena instead and have been thankful for this selection ever since landing here on January 15.

In April, I posted 10 reasons why I love living here. They all still apply — more so than ever. The experiences we get, the adventures we get to live will last a lifetime and I know, I’ll treasure them forever.

It’s the little things that make me happy, flowers on the way to the gym, watching the pelicans fish, fresh strawberries and getting other fruit instead of change — just to name a few. Every time I leave the house, there’s an experience, something beautiful to see. Living here, living at the slower pace has taught me to treasure all of it, to seek it out, to look for it.

The people of Cartagena are very friendly, Colombians are very friendly. Since we move in a small area, we tend to see the same people, those are the faces of Cartagena. We consider ourselves lucky to get the chance to sit down with them over coffee or jugo and learn, receive restaurant recommendations and just spend time together.

We love food. Cartagena has 330 restaurants on trip advisor, how much better does it get?

We love it here. We love our lives here. We love the people we have met. We love the food. It’s the perfect choice for us!

Shooting The Unarmed Man – The Fallacy Of Modern Perception

I don’t usually reblog and/or repost.
I don’t usually make bold statements, but I thought this was worth sharing.

The Elder Statesman

“He shot an unarmed man!”

“He wasn’t armed! Police had no reason to shoot him!”

How often have we heard those screams from an angry community?  Trayvon Martin may be the first to come mind but it happens more often than most people think.  Kansas City firefighter Anthony Bruno, unarmed and drunk, was shot and killed by an off duty police officer.  And, of course, the most recent case of Michael Brown in St. Louis, Missouri.

The problem with the public outcry and the rioting in pursuit of “JUSTICE” is that most people know exactly nothing about physical combat and life threatening situations.  They assume that if a person is unarmed that deadly force cannot and should not be employed.  And they are wrong.

Have you seen the viral videos of “the knockout game?”  Many of those videos involve one solid blow to the head that results in an unconscious…

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Rear view mirror: week of August 11 & August 18

Reflecting on two amazing weeks…
*new obsession: playing with water. I decided to use fruit, vegetables and herbs to flavor water. The following combinations have been created thus far:
Cantaloupe & cucumber
Cantaloupe & spearmint
Cucumber & basil
Cucumber & spearmint
Cucumber & lime
Strawberry & basil

*two culture club outings:
El museo de las fortificaciones
Walk the wall

*participated in the LMI launches at La Plazuela

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Infused water

I’m embarrassed to say, I just now started making my own water…not sure why it took for me to turn 42 in April, move to Colombia and start the 21 Day a Fix (that’s for another time) to make pitchers filled with fruit, veggie and herb combinations!

Day one: cucumber spearmint

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Day two: strawberry basil

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There will be more. I’m now on a mission. It’s like cocktailing without the sugar and the alcohol, the strawberry basil gives me the sensation of being on vacation, in Italy perhaps…not sure if the red and green remind me of pizza. Regardless, it’s tasty, it makes complete sense to do it, especially since I am surrounded by fruit and need to drink lots of water. There’s lots of websites, Facebook and Instagram accounts focusing on infused water. So yes, I’m late to the party, but it tastes good, makes me feel good, looks pretty and is easy to prepare…

Have you infused yet? Tell me how.

Rear view mirror: Week of a July 27th

This was más o menos a normal week, nothing too special happened.
I went to Las Americas again, this time with the god-daughter of a former Loews colleague of mine. Sydney traveling to Colombia got me talking to Nancy Mendelson and now, I consider her a dear friend and cannot wait to have her and her husband visit CTG in November. Small world and how great is it, that after five years of working for the same company, we now consider each other friends and get the opportunity to grow this friendship across the miles and in person in a few months.

After having visitors for a month, I barely moved out of the house the last week of July, spent lots of time at the gym and just relaxed…

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