Friday

Travel Colombia. What not to do in Cartagena de Indias



Thanks to the internet we now live in a world where the harsh criticising of others is widely accepted. Users on social media spread false rumours about places and people, and they do this well knowing that they might destroy their victim’s reputation, livelihood or career. It seems to be an enjoyable pastime for many. People who believe to know and understand everything explain others the world we live in. Unfiltered, and they love to do this anonymously. The foolish person's revenge is to give false and negative reviews online. Will we ever find out where all this hate comes from?

When I mentioned I plan to visit Cartagena reactions were interesting, and while I walked through Cartagena I saw a lot of outright rudeness from visitors towards locals. I jumped onto Tripadvisor to find out what the general public was thinking about Cartagena. The advantage of Tripadvisor is that you get reviews from people from all walks of life and all age groups: First let us see what this panel of experts had to say after their visit to the walled city of Cartagena de Indias. You read that correctly, people reviewed a whole part of town based on their visit. Some of them literally took my breath away.

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Wednesday

Travel and Feel the Vibe. Street Art explains places



Imagine a life full of blue or red balloons, dogs that wear golden crowns, flying hearts, little black men in street signs, sunglasses wearing elephants, cheeky video game characters, cherubs who carry devil horns... When travelling to a location, one wants to see the hotspots – the Tour Eiffel in Paris, the Colosseum in Rome, the Tower of London, the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and the list goes on. But what about all the street art that is out there? Some call it vandalism. Vandalism according to the Oxford dictionary is: Action involving deliberate destruction of or damage to public or private property. When I travel I hunt for street art and I see it as art. Next time when you see street art as vandalism, think again. Please, it tells you so much about a place.

Monday

Travel Colombia. Cartagena de Indias Street Art Collection



Street Art creates the opportunity to be suddenly able to hear other people's thoughts. In a way, or is this too dramatic? Most of the street art in Cartagena tells about the history of the town, about indigenous people and about how Spain colonized Cartagena; the situation of Afro-Colombians, the local culture in general and lots of big and small messages about gentrification. You will also find pieces that tell about love, the happy as well as the unfulfilled.