Date: 19/01 – 21/01
City: Cartagena, Columbia
Kilometres ridden: 0
Cumulative kilometre: 30605
In the morning I thought I’d take some pictures of the hotel and our motorcycles in the hallway.
After breakfast, we had a stroll through the old town centre. Here are some pictures.
At night we talked to the insurance broker. She told us that the computer system is down and she can only process our insurance on Monday, so we’d have to stay until Monday. This was not a big problem for us, but some of our fellow travellers would have liked to leave earlier. Now they had to wait.
The next day we went to visit the ‘Castillo San Felipe de Barajas’, a big fortress that was designed to protect Cartagena from pirates. Cartagena was a central location where all the gold that the Spaniards collected was stored until it could be shipped to Spain. So Cartagena was clearly a target for pirates. The fortress was impressive with lots of tunnels which were used to securely store the gunpowder.
In the afternoon we got our insurance, so we will start travelling again tomorrow. At night we met Franz and Marika again – same as last night – for dinner in an authentic Columbian restaurant! Franz and Marika are an Austrian couple who have travelled through South America on a motorcycle. It turned out that they just finished the trip and are shipping the bike out of Bogota and back to Austria. We talked about their adventures and good places to stay. We really enjoyed our time together.
Tomorrow we will start moving again 🙂