Cartagena, a city on the Caribbean coast is incredibly hot. If you wake up at as early as seven o’clock in the morning, it is already warm and it stays warm until late at night. In our dormroom we sleep in with the aircon on.
I am volunteering in a hostel in Cartagena. It is a small family-run hostel with 7 rooms. Cartagena is an incredibly beautiful and romantic city. It feels old. I can imagine dramatic love stories taking place between the cobblestone streets and grand churches.
There is an area named ‘The old city’, surrounded by a thick stonewall. In the old city balconies look down onto the streets and there are many vendors selling curios and bags and fruits. There are also boutique shops selling very expensive clothing, probably for the tourists staying in the hotels next to the ocean. The entrance to the ‘old city’ is marked by this clock tower: Inside the old city there is a plaza with adorable sculptures: This shows the view of the street and the row of hotels from the old wall: There is one Botero Sculpture in the ‘old city’!