Sixteen cadets, myself included, traded the ship for a boat today. The chartered boat took us to three different spots around Colombia for less than $50 per person. The first stop was to a calmer part of the ocean where the water is crystal clear. We stayed here for probably two hours just floating around and soaking in the sun. Everyone was using pool noodles and took turns pushing others in the water.
The next location was to more of a festive scene. There had to have been fifty boats all tied up to this little beach that had small shops and local foods.
The best part about this place was that we got fresh coconut water, something I’d never had before. At first the taste was a little weird but it grew on me. After the amazing coconut water, we stopped at more of a resort beach. This had small hostels along the shore but still the water was crystal clear.
The ride back was rough seas and I thought everyone was going to get sea sick. About fifteen minutes away from the marina, our boat ran out of gas. Seeing as this was hopefully our last time stopping, we took advantage of it and jumped in the water again. I would say it was a great last day in Colombia, onto Barbados!
Cadets Enjoying Cartagena
4/C Wyatt Major (far right) poses with two buddies from the MMA baseball team within Cartagena's walled city. Wyatt is majoring in Marine Transportation and calls Mattapoisett, MA home.
Many followers may wonder what the phrase on the statue means. We investigated for you!
The phrase, “Noli me tangere is the Latin translation of a phrase that the Bible states was spoken by Jesus to Mary Magdalene when she recognized him after his resurrection.The loose translation in English might be, “Don’t cling to me.”
3/C Mathew McDonald and 3/C Garrett Kulig sent this photo home to their parents after enjoying a traditional Colombian meal. Both cadets are from Quincy, MA and are majoring in Marine Engineering. Nice to see a little Celtics pride in Cartagena.
4/C Ray Morton (West Boxford, MA) , 4/C Ryan Dolan (Hanson, MA), and 4/C Jack LaPlante (Framingham, MA) loved exploring the walled city.
4/C Ryan Dolan (Hanson, MA) sends a wave back to the students at Whitman - Hanson Middle School, the school where Follow The Voyage originated twenty-one years ago. 4/C Wyatt Major (Mattapoisett, MA) sends a huge hello to the second grade students following from the Center School in his hometown. He also sends a high-five to any baseball players who are following his voyage. 3/C Mathew McDonald and 3/C Garrett Kulig (Quincy, MA) send their appreciation to the students at F.W. Parker School and Clifford Middle School in their hometown of Qunicy. They also encourage their followers to explore a pursuing a degree in Marine Engineering at MMA.