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Good, that they told us upfront, that the volcano Totumo, located in the area of Santa Catalina, is small.


Still, we couldn't help laughing looking at it.


It's more like... well... a hill and it looks a bit captivated by the 3 flights of stairs on its back, leading to the top. The inside of the volcano is filled with mud. They tell you that the mud is good for your skin.


Well, why else should anyone bath in in it ;-)


Read more: The smallest Volcano I know - and its full of mud...

About 45 minutes from Cartagena you will find the village of Galerazamba.


From the main road we turn left and drive about 20 minutes over a bumpy road to the sea. On our way we pass a few garbage dumps and a lot of empty and partly broken houses and sheds.


Getting to the center of the little village there is a small church, an empty community place and even more abandoned houses. No one on the streets, its almost a ghost town. The odd hen or cow crosses the road, all of them very thin.


The road stops at a closed gate with a „private property“ sign, the entry to the Salina, a salt production. A few guys are sitting in the shade sharing a soda. 


Read more: A ghost town - Galerazamba

We arrived at our AirBnB apartment in Cartagena de Indias on a Saturday around 4:30 pm. The apartment is located in a block of buildings with private security, so we had to „check in“ first, showing our passports and the security guy filled out a form - well form is maybe not the right word, taking into account that we are now officially named Markus Deutsch and Manuela Deutsch. ;-)


Then the security guy gave us a paper bracelet (one of those, that you would get at a concert) to put on. We looked at each other for a second and then put them into our pocket - no way wearing such a thing for 3 months :-D


We didn’t know yet, that all the security guys would know us some hours later anyhow.

Read more: 1st day Cartagena de Indias - How to get to know the security...

There are a lot of buses - called busetas - driving through Cartagena. All very old and beautifully painted in all colors or the rainbow. They are also very cheap - for about 50 cents you can take a bus to almost everywhere in the city.


But there is neither a time-table nor can you find the routes of those buses anywhere. And no, there are also no busstops.


Read more: Adventures in Cartagena - take the bus and try to get home...
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Who is writing here?

Hi, I am Manu. A year ago I decided that I need a break from the daily routine as a software engineer and quit my job. With my boyfriend I will travel the world for the next months. And I will share all the pictures, stories and whatever comes my way in this blog.

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