The Hostess with the Mostess

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As mentioned in my first post about Cartagena, we stayed in a fantastic beach side bed and breakfast on Isla de Baru. The host, Olga immediately welcomed us like one of her own and invited us to join her son and grandson and some friends on the white sands of Playa Blanca. We ended the evening sharing a light dinner and a delicious rum with lime (something that I must recreate at home). We left Olga’s the next morning, bellies full and hearts breaking because we so wanted to stay. We will definitely be returning, but in the meantime we will just have to reminisce and enjoy the photos she took of us right before we left.

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Four Nights in Cartagena

When I gave Matt the option for a trip or a fancy shmancy birthday party for his 30th birthday, he chose the trip. The place had to be close enough for a long weekend but outside of the United States. After a month long investigation, I decided Cartagena, Colombia (not Columbia) would be the best place to celebrate such a milestone birthday. JetBlue has a direct flight from New York City and for $330 a ticket (I bought them early), it turned out to be a budget friendly destination.

Accommodations (both found on AirBnB)

The Apartment in Cartagena

The Beach House in Baru

Dining (ordered by preference)

Don Juan (dinner)

Carmen (dinner)

Pasteleria Mila (We went here twice; their breakfast and lunch are delicious) 

Activities

Sweat out that arepa at Cafe Havana

Grab a drink at El Laboratorio

Pick up a pair of emerald earrings at Elia’s