Cartagena de indias - Colombia
Martes 25 Abril de 2017

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Observations of an Inglesa

Cartagena vista desde los ojos de una Inglesa que inicia su vida en una nueva ciudad, aprendiendo de su gente, sus costumbres y su idioma.

A Carefully Constructed Christmas

Such was the build up to Christmas in Cartagena that it seemed to me that the 25th of December must be an explosion of a day, a sort of Yule-tide catharsis after months of sugary expectation. This surely would be the one day of the year when the entire city would stop what it was doing to share a collective smile and a sigh of relief that the gruelling anticipation was over and it was time to enjoy the fruits of the preparations.

Cartagena: City of Lights

One cannot fail to realise that high tourist season is dawning, or has in fact dawned, on Cartagena. While this means clogged up beaches and inflated taxi prices (in spite of my doleful attempts to convince the driver that I do in fact live here and I AM NOT A GRINGA) it also means that by night the city stays alight, alive and electric.

First impressions: in, out, and back in love with Cartagena

Although I may try to convince you that I am here in Cartagena having been extradited from the UK on grounds of money laundering, I am actually, less excitingly but less illegally, fortunate enough to be here as part of my languages degree, my year abroad in which one must study or work in a foreign country in order to gain some level of fluency. A sort of exchange programme, although it really only works one way, as no students from Cartagena in their right mind are foolish enough to want to trade their beautiful city in for pallid skies of London.

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English, 21 years old and a languages student, I arrived in Cartagena in August of 2010 with just one friend in the entire country, and only a handful more Spanish words. An English teacher by accident rather than profession, I am gradually learning about life on the Colombian Caribbean Coast.

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I appreciate your insights especially re: preparations for tourists vs. residents, etc. It may depress you less to keep in mind that for Cartageneros the "main event" of Christmas is Nochebuena...

A Carefully Constructed Christmas
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I appreciate your insights especially re: preparations for tourists vs. residents, etc. It may depress you less to keep in mind that for Cartageneros the "main event" of Christmas is Nochebuena...

A Carefully Constructed Christmas
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I appreciate your insights especially re: preparations for tourists vs. residents, etc. It may depress you less to keep in mind that for Cartageneros the "main event" of Christmas is Nochebuena...

A Carefully Constructed Christmas
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I appreciate your insights especially re: preparations for tourists vs. residents, etc. It may depress you less to keep in mind that for Cartageneros the "main event" of Christmas is Nochebuena...

A Carefully Constructed Christmas
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I appreciate your insights especially re: preparations for tourists vs. residents, etc. It may depress you less to keep in mind that for Cartageneros the "main event" of Christmas is Nochebuena...

A Carefully Constructed Christmas