Another week went by so fast while I was in Cartagena, I almost forgot to enjoy it… Kidding! I did enjoy it. A lot.
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Monday: spa day while in Cartagena
On Monday, the Swiss girl and me went to the spa together. Now, I don’t usually go to the spa a lot. I only go at home to get my eyebrows and eyelashes done, and that’s it. But this time, I decided to go for something different.
We still got our eyebrows done, because we both really needed it to be coloured again. But we also got manicures and pedicures. I once did a pedicure before, but never a manicure. My nails are short, and I thought it wouldn’t be for me. But I actually liked it!
Then, we also went for a drink, and after that we went home. I had some working to do that night, and we also ate dinner together.
Tuesday: working day while in Cartagena
I really had to catch up on some work, and so I decided to eat lunch by myself on Tuesday while working. The lunch was very good, and I actually worked for quite a while. There is a new project I’m working on for a new client while in Cartagena, which is very exciting!
When I was done working, I dropped my stuff at home and then I walked around the city for a while. I had just been sitting still all day, studying Spanish and working, and so I needed to move my body a little bit. Dinner was also nice and very delicious. At night, I worked a little bit more, and then I relaxed.
Wednesday: beach day in the rain
Wednesday was the last full day of the Swiss girl, since she would be leaving for Costa Rica and Nicaragua the next morning. In the morning, I had Spanish classes and she went to get a PCR test done. She would need it for flying to Nicaragua from San Jose, Costa Rica on Friday.
In the afternoon, we went to the beach – another beach this time. There were no men trying to sell us all sorts of things… only one. And we weren’t even sure what he was selling. He sat down at our little private beach space and started to play the flute. We tried to tell him it was okay, but he just kept going. Eventually, we gave him some money, hoping that that would make him go.
It didn’t. He now picked up his guitar and started playing other songs while singing. The other girl and I just decided to let him be. He wasn’t particularly annoying, but it was somewhat awkward having him there in our space. After a while, the man resorted to staring into the distance.
Eventually, he left. But in his place, dark clouds came and it started to rain. We packed up our things and just went home. There, we enjoyed a lovely dinner with our host mom. She made pasta and bought some wine, to have our last meal together.
There are a lot of beaches to choose from while in Cartagena. Make sure you do your research. For example, the beaches are very crowded on Sundays, because it’s the only free day for a lot of locals. There are also beaches where lots of locals go, and there are beaches that are more quiet.
Thursday: bike tour through Cartagena
On Thursday morning, it was time for the Swiss girl to leave. She left quite early but I did wake up to say goodbye to her. In the past week and a half, she had kind of felt like a big sister to me. She lived in the same house, walked with me to school, and showed me around the city while in Cartagena.
In the afternoon, the school had organised a bicycle tour through Cartagena. I decided to join, because I had nothing better to do. After classes and lunch, I had worked for an hour or so, and now it was time to relax. However, when we wanted to start biking, it started to rain again. We waited a little bit until there was less rain, and then we started.
The tours was short but nice, and afterwards I went home to work a little bit more.
Friday: power outage in Getsemaní
On Friday, after classes, I went to explore the neighbourhood a little bit more. Online, I found a recommendation for a lunch place, and it was really close to where I am staying. I decided to try it out, and it was delicious.
I wanted to work for a while that afternoon, but just as I got settled in my homestay, the electricity went out. Therefore, the wifi also didn’t work. This happened before, and it took a few seconds to come back on. Not this time. I waited a while, but I quickly realised this might take some more time.
In my room, I had the most shade (the fans weren’t working either), and I read a book for a while. Then, I decided to go for a walk in the city.
Saturday: pool day on the Rosario Islands
On Saturday, it was time to go to the Rosario Islands. The school organised a trip to the biggest one – Isla Grande – where we would be staying for one night. We gathered at 8 a.m. at the school and then walked to the private boat, which would bring us to the island.
The island was very beautiful, but… primitive. There was no internet or wifi, not a lot of electricity, and no running water in our hostel. Fine for one night, but not for longer.
In the afternoon, we went to a hotel which had a pool. The pool was amazing, and it even had a bar! We spend the day chilling by the pool and drinking cocktails. In the evening, we all ate dinner together at the hostel.
If you do visit Cartagena, make sure to book a trip to the Rosario Islands too. You don’t have to stay the night; you can also go for the day. It’s an amazing experience, and the beaches are prettier than the beaches in Cartagena.
Sunday: trip back to the mainland
On Sunday, we had our trip back to the mainland in the afternoon, but we chilled on the beach in the morning. The beach was absolutely stunning, and the sun was so hot! We all enjoyed our time on the island, even without the internet, electricity and the running water.
The trip back to Cartagena was less fun. We went by boat again, but this time the boat was full of other passengers as well. The boat broke down about six or seven times, and then the motor hand to be restarted by hand.
That wasn’t the worst part though. The worst part was that whenever the boat was moving, lots of water would come into the boat, onto the passengers in the back row. And guess who was on the back row…. me.
I was stressed for the whole boat ride – which took about two hours – because I had my backpack with my laptop, e-reader, phone and headphones with me. My backpack is water-resistant and my laptop had a sleeve as well, but still. I was absolutely soaked, and so was my bag from the outside. Luckily, everything still worked once I got back home!
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