Landing in Cartagena immediately confirms you’ve arrived in a true Caribbean destination; clear blue skies, steaming hot and an airport as laid back as any island getaway.
The Old Town, a Unesco World Heritage site, is a perfect example of Spanish Colonial architecture, beautifully preserved and maintaining its Colombian heritage. Cobbled streets, ancient churches, bougainvillea covered balconies, pastel hues and an endless stream of horse and carts commandeering the narrow laneways.
It’s not uncommon to see local women dressed in brightly coloured costume, carrying fruit on their heads, street vendors spruiking empanadas and hot dogs, ready to sell to tourists eager to play their role in the lively exchange, despite it all being a clichéd performance, it’s too beautiful to care, like something out of a movie you’re swept up in.
The old town has a nice mix of small boutique and luxury shops, street stalls, picturesque cafes and restaurants, and more panama hats than Emelda Marcos had sho...
Driving from Colombo to Tangalle in southern Sri Lanka provided an insight into the landscape I was to come across throughout the next week: historic colonial buildings, beautifully crumbling and fading, street hawkers selling local favourites, lush and green wide open spaces, one lane roads clogged with tuk tuks and buses near bursting with passengers, temples and roadside Buddhas adorned with neon lights and fluorescent decoration and rocky, white sand beaches.
We arrived at the breathtaking Amanwella – meaning ‘peaceful beach’ - located on a stretch of secluded beach which attracts only a few locals taking in the magnificent sunsets and cooling off amongst the rock pools. As inviting as the clear blue water is, the powerful waves of the Indian Ocean can be a deterrent from swimming however the pool at Amanwella is certainly a welcome alternative. A place to spend hours relaxing and taking in the views and enjoying the calm, proving it really lives up to its name.