I had such an amazing opportunity to visit Cartagena for a week with Leigh, a great friend of mine. I was so excited. I don’t get to travel as much these days with the girls being older and where we live (it’s a little more difficult to get to the airport here than when we were in Denver). I was a little apprehensive, to be honest. I have only been to a couple places out of the US (Mexico and Canada), but always wanted to travel more.
The moment we got there, I felt like we were in a different world. A place so unfamiliar. Leigh and I grabbed a taxi and headed on to the Airbnb home within the Walled City of Cartagena. I was so thankful for her knowing Italian and some Spanish…it definitely helped! I haven’t had to speak Spanish in a long time and was worried I wouldn’t be able to communicate well enough. I can still pick up some things, but not as good as I used to be able to do. (Insert a huge laugh from Leigh, because I constantly would look at her when people would ask me things and then say, “No entiendo Español”).
As we were driving to the casa, I saw the ocean and felt like I was home in a way (I grew up in Florida). We got to the amazing place via a crazy taxi drive and I was pretty floored. It has three levels and so much character. It’s simple, but so relaxing. Unless you are in your bedroom, it is basically all outdoors and there is a pool in the center of the house, which is perfect to cool off for a few minutes while working outside on our computers. We also had some pretty amazing people staying with us for the time I was there. They are all in film and a couple worked on some of the films in the FICCI (film festival) that was going on while we were there.
One morning, we decided to get up at sunrise, or maybe a little after, and walked the entire Walled City. It was so peaceful and beautiful. During the day, there is always music playing and people walking all over and stores open, but in the mornings, it’s totally the opposite. People sleep in a bit I think because they stay up so much later. Here are some of the images from the morning.
We ended up coming home to some amazing arepas! I have so many more images to share, but don’t want to overwhelm anyone. I am so happy to have gotten the chance to experience this amazing place. The flowers and colorful buildings everywhere were so inspiring. It opened my eyes to a place with so many lovely people, great music, nights of laughter+conversations+drinks+dancing and it helped inspire me to live more intentionally and try to find more inspiration in my day-to-day life. More to share soon! I would love to hear about some places you all have been and what made them special.