Don’t Believe All The Stories You’ve Heard About Colombia

Matt Ray
Matt Ray
Feb 13 · 4 min read


Posted originally on July 11, 2019

Sitting here in the Fishing Club Marina in Cartagena, Colombia. The sun is just coming up and you can hear things starting to happen. People starting to work. Birds starting to sing. And schools of fish are jumping all around the boat.

There are big balls of sardines jumping out of the water. When you first hear it, it sounds like someone turned a tap on full blast but you realize no water is running. Here! There! Over there! A big splash where hundreds of fish are being pushed out of the water by their swarm and flying through the air. And the pelicans and herons are going nuts. It’s almost as if they are afraid of the swarms when they could be having a buffet of fish.

Simple things in the morning.

I got to Colombia by way of Bonaire, Grenada, French Guiana, Brazil, St Helena, and 30 other countries as I sailed around the world by Global HitchHiking.

I just finished up my 2nd week of Spanish school and I now know enough Spanish to be dangerous. Claro. But not enough to feel confident in my ability to talk to anybody I see. I’m sure it will come. Paciencia.

It looks like I have found a boat going to Panama on the 20th. I’m going to try and do some more sightseeing until then around Colombia. It’s a really great place. Don’t believe the things you’ve heard about it unless those things are good.

Don’t believe the things you’ve heard about it unless those things are good.

I spent the next two weeks traveling to Medellin and Bogota, both fantastic places to visit. Especially, Medellin, the Land of Eternal Spring. However, when I was in Cartagena, there were also lots of interesting things to see and photograph. And the entire time in Colombia, except for one neighborhood in Bogota, I felt safe. It’s definitely as safe as any other country I’ve been to for 3 years, circumnavigating the globe.

Cartagena at night from the boat
Again during twilight
Lots of amazing street art throughout Colombia
More street art
Where the old and new blend together
Watching games and playing games

Matt Ray

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Writings of a world traveler, photographer, computer dude, musician, blogger, and striving minimalist. All pics used are my own.

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