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Second Day in Cartagena
Today was our second day in the port of Cartagena, Colombia. Everyone has had an awesome time exploring the Walled City.
Since we are restricted to that area due to security reasons, you see everyone from Massachusetts Maritime Academy when you’re out walking.
In the past two days I’ve been hesitant to try Colombian food so I’ve stuck to American food.
She may take risks with pigeons, but when it comes to food, Blogger Sara plays it safe and sticks to classic comfort food.
Perhaps it has a bit of a Colombian touch. Is that a grilled pineapple on top of the cheese?
Yesterday, my friends and I went to a café, called Collage. I ordered mozzarella sticks while my friends tried Colombian dishes like Bandeja Paisa. Bandeja Paisa is the most popular Colombian dish that can be compared to a huge platter of food, enough to fill up two people.
Look at the assortment of food on the plate.
What do you see on the plate that looks familiar?
Want to learn how to make Bandeja Paisa or just see what the ingredients are?
The Food Network has you covered! Click on the link below.
WARNING: Opening this link could make you very hungry.
Today was spent mostly walking around the Walled City while listening to music, sampling new foods, and trying to figure out how many Pesos were in $1. I found out that the conversion rate was $1 to 2750.000 Pesos.
If Sara hadn't told us about the exchange rate, we'd have thought that she was rich as she walked around with this 5000 bill!
FUN FACT: The abbreviation for United States currency is USD, United States Dollar. The abbreviation for Colombian Currency is COP, Colombian Peso.
To learn more about the Colombian Peso, including the conversion rate, click on this link.
To me, wrapping my head around the Pesos system has been extremely confusing. There were money exchange places that a lot of cadets took advantage of, but I did not. I wish I had because they are getting a better rate than I am.
Today, 2/C Hillary Temple (Pembroke, MA) and I got lunch at this healthy snack bar.
I was walking through the Walled City today when I spotted 1/C Vaughn Byrd (Bristol, RI) feeding pigeons. Pigeons are the type of bird to fly away from human contact in the United States, but here in Colombia, they flock to people.
Okay, you may be thinking the same thing so I'm going to come right out and ask the question.
When your last name is Byrd, do you automatically feel comfortable around pigeons?
Vaughn was given bird seed from a man and then told to hold out his arms. Instantly, pigeons flew to Vaughn. I tried it next, but let’s just say I was a lot more scared than he was.
Vaughn said “Feeding pigeons was kind of scary because they kept flying towards me, but at the same time, where else can I do that?”
A Few Shout Outs To Our Followers...
Blogger Sara (Rockland, MA) says "Hola!" to all of her followers who are bird lovers...and to the students at Rogers Middle School (Rockland, MA) who commented on one of last week's posts (Blogger Sara LOVES getting comments!). 1/C Vaughn Byrd (Bristol, RI) says, "Que pasa!" to all of the students participating in Follow The Voyage - Share The Experience from his home state of Rhode Island. and to all of the followers who are interested in learning more about Marine Engineering. 2/C Hillary Temple (Pembroke, MA) asks, "Como estas?" to the students following at North Pembroke Elementary School and Hobomack Elementary School in her hometown of Pembroke. Hillary is also majoring in Marine Engineering. She sends out a high-five to girls of all ages who love science as much as she does, Little Buc sends a big hug to his cousin Patch who he discovered is living at Maple Avenue Elementary School in Goffstown, New Hampshire. He thanks the children for making him seems so welcome.
Cartagena looks beautiful, glad your all enjoying the warmth! Can’t wait to see more of the adventures