we decided a few months ago to brave one more trip abroad before the arrival of baby sister in december. we weren't very excited about the prospect of having to pay for three tickets this time around but hey, at least it's not four!
we quickly realized that seattle is pretty much far from everything and august (which was the only time we could go) is the worst month to go to most places. because of these and a few other reasons we ended up picking colombia which gets an undeserved bad rap that also translates into very few north american tourists. which did not make us sad.
elliot was incredibly excited to ride on an airplane, check that, three airplanes (each way). but with the timing and the excitement of the trip he ended up mostly sleeping on the planes. still there were lots of airports to run through and planes to watch and he made sure to pack his own bag so that he was ready. contents? one dr. seuss board book.
i wasn't sure what to expect in colombia. with time share points from jamie's parents we booked a resort for part of our stay outside of the town of santa marta on the caribbean coast. so i knew to expect a beach and an ocean. but a view like this?? i was blown away, the natural beautiful of colombia was breathtaking.
the resort wasn't half bad either...
we loved having a resort as a home base that we could always come back to in order to escape the incredible heat and humidity and entertain elliot! but within a couple of days we were getting antsy to do something other than play in the pool so we rented a car and began to explore the area starting with a fresh coconut juice in the town of santa marta.
this smile is definitely the before picture... elliot hated the coconut juice. he did like most of the other kinds of tropical juices he tried in colombia though. juices and ice cream were pretty much the only "local" foods/drinks he was willing to consume and we consumed alot of both.
oh and popcorn. some things are universal (well maybe, strong possibility it was imported from the u.s.).
on one of our adventures we headed to tayrona national park for some hiking through the jungle. it was HOT! and humid. but all three of us walked the 2.5 miles to the beach (go elliot! as a reward for him and us he got carried on the way back..) with lots of stops to check out the cool carpenter ants (too small to see but they are on the log below) and for popsicles, twice! by the same roving vendor. we owe our sanity on the hike to that popsicle vendor.
we made it! go figure... the beach was too dangerous to swim in. it was gorgeous though.
after six days at the beach resort we headed in our car down to cartagena. this was the part of the trip that i was really excited for, lots of culture, spanish influenced architecture and good food. only this time it was still hot and humid with no awesome pool complex to cool off in! with the exception of the weather in the middle of the day, it was fantastic.
our first sight of the walled city was hundreds of kites in the sky.
it didn't take us long to drop off our bags and the car and join in the kite flying fun. elliot's first kite lasted about as long as you would expect with a kite that only cost $2.50. he loved it though (i think jamie did too).
outside the walled city at dusk.
elliot is pretty picky (is this a normal 2.5 year old thing? it drives me crazy). but sometimes he gets it in his head that he wants to try something totally random and new. at 9:30 am one morning it was a few pieces of the local sweets. amused that he was willing to try something so different we indulged. he was kind enough to share with jamie and i and while both of the sweets he tried were terrible in my opinion he consumed them happily!
posing on the canon at the castillo de san felipe (walled fortress).
jamie and elliot posing in one of the tunnels that ran throughout the fort; used by the spaniards to protect the fortress.
one of the beautiful buildings in the walled city.
another beautiful convent/cathedral in the walled city.