I'm falling hard in love with my home town, more and more every day. Even if I still think that Paris is the most beautiful city in the world, Cartagena is lovely in its own way and living by the sea is just amazing, it's magical. I've gotten so used to it now that I can't picture anymore not being able to see, smell and feel the ocean every day. Thus, enjoying it while I still can. Today I spent some time at S's swimming pool as I do every Sunday. S was not there because she is traveling but the friendly doorman let me in anyway. For hours I had the pool all for myself so I went swimming and did some aqua gym, and then just read my Colombia guide in the sunshine.
I'm still avoiding taxis as much as I can, in order to save money, so I walked to Bocagrande and back. I could have taken a bus though but I prefer walking, especially in the evening when it's cooler and the air is fresh. I also feel that I've gained some weight lately, don't know why (or yes I have an idea, when I was not drinking alcohol I magically lost weight and now I've had drinks too often, have to change my habits), so all extra exercise is good. Now that I have a phone again, I took pictures of my walk back, as I said last week that I would. It was a little bit cloudy so not as pretty as last time but I loved the seaside views anyway, take a look.
If I had to give tips about what to do in Cartagena (I'll do a top 10 list in the end), a walk from Bocagrande to Marbella is definitely one thing that I recommend. The perfect time to leave is around 5.30pm, right before the sun starts to go down, if you walk for an hour or so you will see the seaside in all nuances of sunset. Depending on where you are based, you could also start walking from El Laguito, or continue until Crespo or La Boquilla. Here you can see my 5km route on a map (walking from down to top):
Starting from Playa Bocagrande, in the background you can see the walled city, centro histórico, and its churches.
Here Bocagrande and El Laguito.
Walking along the centro histórico that is surrounded by a wall. One of the best spots to watch the sunset from is this bar called Café del Mar, on top of the wall of course.
Further ahead is where El Cabrero and Marbella neighbourhoods start.
A nice thing to do is walk or run on top of the wall, or sit in these small holes.
Time to take rest an sit for a moment.
I can take tons of pictures of the ocean but I still can't explain how happy, carefree and blessed I feel every time I sit down, take a breath and look out to the sea.
Then coming to Marbella and my home beach.
I still find it funny that the moon has fallen down here.
Now back at home and feeling relaxed. :) Even if a technology detox while not having a phone was great, I actually enjoy a lot taking pictures. And now when I think about it, I've been photographing a lot these past 5 months. I have thousands of pictures on my One Drive and quite a big collection here in my blog as well. Maybe I should take classes, it would be interesting to learn how to take good photos!
Today I also came up with two things that I absolutely have to add to my favorite things/moments - list that I posted on Friday. 1. Lying lazy in the hammock that we have in our living room (best place to write so here I am right now) and 2. Eating delicious and cheap fruits! Today I bought all this (see picture), for 4,5 euros. And I made a yummy mango-maracuyá-coconut smoothie (thanks roommate P for helping me and breaking the coconut with a hammer, it was hard as a stone haha).
Good night / Good morning,
Ps. Yesterday twilight time, fun at the beach with my friend/colleague K:
I'm Emilia, Finnish-Parisian, a recent Master's graduate. I'm currently traveling around the Caribbean and on a volunteering mission in Colombia. I'm passionate about writing, music and different kinds of sports. I can't wait to discover new places and cultures - and share my adventures with you!