Here in Cartagena (Cartagena de Indias from colonial times) our neighborhood is the condo/hotel complex and the beach along with the other hotels and condos lining the shore. A short walk on the beach starts the day and then we meander into the buffet breakfast at the restaurant. Eggs, sausages, rice and beans, yogurt, breads, lots of fresh fruit and of course coffee and tea! We are stuffed and find the cost of $12 US quite reasonable. I am sure to many Columbians it is expensive.
A deficiency in our condo is that it has two coffee makers but neither have the required paper filters. There are also some other provisions we could not find at the mini-mart or ARA store, so we decide to take a mid-day jaunt into town to the Super Mercado, which turns out to be the equivalent size to an old IGA store in the US. It must be hysterical for the locals watching four gringos scattering about, pulling items from the shelves and bringing them back to the shopping cart, excited about their find. The good news is that it has a fresh meat department and also coffee filters. The bad news is that when we unpack back at the condo the coffee filters are missing. Seems that if the scanner did not come up with the price the clerk just put the item aside and didn't include it in the order. We caught her do this on one item, but missed others. Good thing William has packed his single-cup coffee maker, although it won't be very efficient with three coffee drinkers!
We spend the rest of the day taking a dip in the pool and watching the kite surfers as they skim across the water. After dinner at home we sit on our balcony talking and laughing into the evening.
Hi. I'm Anne. I wander around the world with William.
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