Hey, all! Ian and I made it through the first few legs of the trip without incident. We arrived in Bogota on Monday night and found our hostel, which was in an old, artsy section of the city called La Candelaria. The hostel and the neighborhood both had a lot of character and the neighborhood was full of things to see and do. Bogota really isn't too touristy, which we both enjoyed. We spent a lot of time there walking around the city. We also rode a cable car up a mountain to Montserrate, a chapel built in 1620. We didn't have a great view of the city because it was foggy, but it was really cool to be up there in the fog anyhow. The night before we left for Cartagena, we had the most amazing pizza in a tiny shop near our hostel. I'm pretty sure it was the best pizza I've ever had--who knew?
Yesterday we arrived in Cartagena. The weather took pity on us by easing us into the heat and humidity, as it was only in the 70s yesterday. A guy at our hostel who's been here for 4 weeks told us that was the coolest it's been. We had a good time exploring the old colonial part of town last night, which is where we're staying. Today we went outside of the old city into some more residential neighborhoods, which was awesome. The people in Colombia are exceptionally kind and welcoming, and I loved seeing how some of them live their everyday lives. On our way back to the hostel, we stopped and had an amazing lunch that included fresh-squeezed lemonade and chocolate mousse, fried plantains, rice, avocado, beans, and meat, for about $5 each. Most of the food we've had has been excellent, but lunch today was another standout.
After resting for a while at the hostel, we came out to a cafe to hop on our computers for a while. Both of our hostels have had wireless, but it's been pretty slow and a bit difficult to work with, especially in terms of uploading photos. I'm working on uploading some from my phone as I write this on my computer, so hopefully you'll be able to see some of what we're seeing as well.
On Saturday we head back to Bogota for another day and a half, and then on to Buenos Aires.