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Photo of the day: Steamy Cartagena

Sunday, August 12, 2012

This heat wave in LA reminds me of the last time I was this hot… one year ago, in Cartagena, Colombia.  It was here I learned the true value of the siesta: a physical necessity in order to get through a steamy tropical day; a chance to recharge for the evening, for salsa dancing and mojito drinking and ceviche snacking.

Cartagena is like walking through the set of a pirate movie, except you get to taste and smell and dance and laugh and experience it all first hand.  I highly recommend visiting Cartagena.  I highly recommend NOT going in the summer, unless you love humid, heavy, tropical heat.  I never figured out how the locals could stand wearing jeans in that weather, while I was melting in a lightweight skirt and tank top.  It’s the only place where I’ve gone swimming and wished the ocean were cooler.

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  1. Sunday, August 12, 2012 4:45 pm

    Wow that summer tropical humidity does sound challenging. Do you know when is the optimal time of the year to visit Cartagena?

    • Thursday, August 16, 2012 3:03 pm

      Hi! It’s pretty warm all year round, but it looks like the months that might be slightly better are Jan-March. Really though, it’s only the mid-afternoon that’s the toughest, the mornings and evenings are lovely!

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