When we were in Grenada, various cruisers were planning to be in "Cartagena for Christmas." Besides the obvious alliterative appeal, Cartagena and Christmas go together. In early December, there were lights along the streets of the town center, trees in various plazas, and lights on the buildings. Santa and his elves were at the mall. There was a Christmas parade, complete with fireworks, which was followed by many more fireworks the next night. But, as it turns out, we have decided not to spend Christmas in Cartagena.
On one evening at the plaza near La Trinidad, we saw a wedding, with the bride and groom riding away in a horse-drawn carriage. There was a man in a horse suit and woman juggling fire. Kids were playing a pick-up soccer game that Mark joined. A man was passed out drunk next to us while we ate our delicious street food.
|Meat sticks and beer. Who's a happy cruiser? Yes you are!|
|Christmas fireworks in the dinghies|
|An artist at work|
We're very happy that we didn't miss Cartagena. It's a great city to walk around. The street food is delicious and cheap. We have been enjoying spending time with Amelie IV and Kazaio, another kid boat that we met here. After a play date on Kazaio that included working with clay and eating ice-cream, Mark and Conrad were ready to move aboard.
South Americans love their music. This Navy ship was sent off with no less than 3 live bands (one on the bow, one on the stern and one on shore). The samba-like music was an interesting contrast to the soldiers standing at attention on deck.
|Juggling machetes in traffic for money.|