Our first days on the road have been busy! We have been traveling for 2 weeks and it feels like so much longer. Rob asked about a place we visited in Miami and shook his head as he realized it was only last week. He went on to say it felt like a year ago. Overall everything is great, totally what we expected. This means we have had many unexpected setbacks and challenges already. So far the expected, unexpected challenges haven’t caused too much stress. We are currently in Barranquilla in Colombia. It has taken us a few flights, a train and a bus or 2 to get here but we are here. Makai has been a trooper. I am so impressed with his patience, which being 5, I understand can be a huge feat given the kind of situations we have encountered so far. We started in Cartagena with initial intentions to find a long term rental there but…. Cartagena was different than what we had thought it would be like. Not bad, but different. It’s not quite what we expected from our reading. One thing we had expected,though was the colonial beauty that exists in old town.
What we may have been naive in not expecting is how tourism is beginning to affect the area we stayed in Cartagena, lots of vendors trying to sell stuff. We are approached everywhere, all the time, to pay for a trinket or service. Given we were in the tourist area (duh) it makes sense that there would be vendors working to sell to tourists. The problem was it is every where we went. This is not what we want where we decide to stay for a while. With the budget being tight there is a rather strict timeline we must stick to for using short term accommodation. We are searching for a place to settle into for a month or 2 to work on an income stream to sustain this adventure beyond our savings. We’re going to explore Colombia for a bit, first moving up the coast to Barranquilla then maybe into coffee country. We have been in contact with a fellow travel blogger from Toronto, Canada, Will from I Will Travel, he is here in Barranquilla right now to. We have been following Wills other blog, Barranquilla Living for a while now and have learned long term rentals and food costs are cheaper here. Barranquilla is proving to be more what we are looking for to settle down for a bit. There has been a lot of moving around so far and it’s been an exciting challenge. Another unexpected twist in our travel plan, I didn’t know I would enjoy the moving around as much as we have. I should have known as I have always enjoyed the journey as much as any destination. To see more great photos of Cartagena please visit “A Day in Cartagena” on Rob’s website Daemontown.