Sunday, December 11, 2016

Colombia Adventure - Day 8

November 27, 2016

The original plan for our 3rd day in Cartagena was to get out of town. But alas, none of the tours looked especially fitting for us. There's a pristine beach that would require a 45 minute (no doubt sea-sickness inducing) boat ride away, there was a mud volcano which neither Shira nor I could really get excited about, and there was an aviary an hour or so drive away, but the idea of seeing birds in cages just didn't do it for me. I do kick myself because there's a botanic gardens 45 minutes out of town which I'd loved to have gone to, but due to a Google maps confusion, didn't realize it existed until the end of the day.

So we decided to spend a leisurely day in Cartagena, and really relax on our last day of vacation.

The first order of business: head over to the main park in town with my DSLR at the ready. Throughout our time in Cartagena, we'd seen various interesting birds, ranging from spooky looking vultures to honest to goodness parrots. I was hoping that the main park in the morning would offer up the chance to grab a few snapshots of these birds.

It didn't disappoint. I must have seen 4 or 5 new species of bird, most of which I got pictures of. But the big surprise in the park: Shira noticed a sloth in the trees. Yes, a real sloth, just hanging out. And yes, it was doing its sloth slow-motion moving thing. How cool is that?

After our park photo shoot we went in search of shopping. It was at this point that the skies opened and we were slammed with our first rainstorm of the trip. This is pretty amazing considering every day was forecasted for rain. After a 20 minute downpour, the rain stopped and the rest of the day was sunny.

After a day of walking, picture taking and shopping, it was finally time to call it a night. But not before we took in dinner at our favorite place in Cartagena: Kioko Sushi. What makes Kioko so unusual is that the "rolls" they offer are downright whacky, with our favorite one being a mozzarella tempura roll with mushrooms on top. Yeah, think mozzarella sticks in sushi form. Eating there was definitely a treat.

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