Welcome to my first week of freedom in the Caribbean islands and on the coast! It has been amazing, and I will take you along on my journey of this week. I have seen many places!
Haven’t read my travel diary from last week? Click here.
Monday: adventure in Cartagena
The Monday started with me working a little bit and spending some time in the sun, while it was still out. After that, I packed my bags. On this Monday, I had to take my bags to the luggage storage, because of my plans for tomorrow… The Caribbean island trip!
And that is what I did in the afternoon. I took my backpack and ordered an Uber to the centre of Cartagena. Here, the Uber driver dropped me off at the office of Tranq It Easy. This is the company of the boat I was going to take the next day.
I dropped my bags off there, and then I went back to my hotel. I just relaxed for the rest of the day, not really doing anything special.
Tuesday: the Caribbean island trip!
On Tuesday, I got up quite early to eat my breakfast, and then check out of my hotel. Today was a very special day, because I would be going to one of my bucket list destinations: Casa en el Agua. Casa en el Agua is a hostel in the middle of the Caribbean ocean. This was my Caribbean island trip!
A friend of mine, whom I met in Ecuador, R, was working there as a volunteer. It had always been my plan to go to Casa en el Agua, but now it was even more fun! I would be meeting up with her.
I took an Uber to the centre of Cartagena again, checked in to my boat, and waited until it took off. The boat ride was about two hours, but then we finally arrived at Casa en el Agua.
That day, R and I just talked about everything we had experienced since we last saw each other. The weather wasn’t too nice that day, so we didn’t go for a swim. We did do a tour to a nearby island, where way too many people live on a small piece of land.
That evening, the sunset was amazing and we took some (a lot of) pictures of it. In the night, there was a party. We both danced with all the other guests and had a great time!
Wednesday: a day at Casa en el Agua
Since I would be staying for two nights at Casa en el Agua, this Wednesday was my only whole day on the island. The weather was really nice this day, and so I used the day to swim and tan. R and I rented snorkelling sets to explore the area around the hostel.
In the evening, there was a bioluminescent plankton tour. We both went on it, and we both had never done it before. With the boat, we drove a little bit away from the hostel and all the lights. In the dark, we went into the water and there we saw the bioluminescent plankton!
It was incredible, just like swimming in glitters or in the stars. It was even more incredible, because above us, we could see the stars very clearly. We felt like we were surrounded by stars at that moment. It was an amazing experience.
Want to know more? I wrote a guide on Casa en el Agua on my blog!
Thursday: end of the Caribbean island trip…
On Thursday, it was time to go. The boat picked me up around 11 a.m., and in about two hours, we went back to the mainland. Here, I retrieved my luggage from the storage, and tried to get an Uber to my new hotel.
The new hotel was located outside of the city centre, but close to the busstation. I would take the bus the next morning, so this seemed convenient at the time. However, no Uber wanted to take me there, and the taxi drivers were also a little hesitant.
Eventually, I found a taxi driver who was willing to take me there. On the way there, it became clear to me that the neighbourhoods outside of the centre were a little less safe. I went straight from the taxi into my hotel, and stayed there the whole night. I even ordered food in, not feeling comfortable to go outside.
Friday: bus ride to the Caribbean coast!
I spent most of my Friday in the bus. I took the bus at 8.45 a.m., which ended up leaving around 9.00 a.m. According to google maps, it would take me about 6 hours to get from Cartagena to Palomino. However, google maps did not take into account the Colombian time measurement.
In the end, I spent about 8 hours on that bus. I didn’t mind that much though. I didn’t have to transfer and I could just stare out of the window and listen to music and podcasts.
Once I was in Palomino, I carried my backpack to the hostel I booked. This was about twenty minutes from the busstop, and it was really hot! The hostel seemed really nice though. I just checked in, showered, got dinner and went to sleep.
Saturday: work and chill at the Caribbean coast
Now that I finally had wifi again, and time to plan my own day, I decided to work in the morning and then relax in the afternoon and evening. I soon learned that this was a mistake.
After breakfast, I sat down to work. This went really well, and around 11.30 a.m. I brought my laptop to my room and put it in my locker. I changed into my bikini, got my towel, and went to the pool.
I just sat down when the clouds came in. I tried to ignore them for a while, hoping they would just go away. They didn’t. After a while, it started to rain, and I was forced to leave the pool and go to the main area.
I then spent the rest of the day working and chilling a little bit while it rained very hard outside. The hostel was really nice, and so I spent the whole day there.
Sunday: working, relaxing and socialising
On Sunday, I did the exact same thing as Saturday, but in another order. In the morning, I went to the pool and relaxed in the sun. I listened to my podcasts and music, and I read in my book.
I went for lunch, and after that, I worked a little bit. The clouds were coming in, just as I had expected. However, there was still some sun every now and then, and there was no rain. After I had worked enough, I decided to go back to the pool again.
In the late afternoon, I facetimed with my best friend for about an hour. It was really nice to talk to her, and I can’t wait to see her again in real life!
In the evening, I ate my dinner at the main area while reading my book. A random guy started talking to me, and he invited me to make a bonfire on the beach close to his hotel. I declined, because I didn’t want to go with this stranger in the dark to the beach.
He also asked me to go to the river with him the next day, and this invitation I accepted. He did seem very nice and trustworthy, and in the daylight, it would be a lot less scary to go with him.
Then, I went to bed quite early, after watching some Netflix first.