This troupe of dancers in the plaza performed Cumbia and Mapale, genres originating from Colombian West African slaves.



Magic Realism in Cartagena

After a day on Isla Baru,

I walked home from a cazuela, a coconut seafood stew, stopping a cigarette vendor. I declined his offer of coca, as a Transformer and a Stormtrooper passed us. Now I’m sitting under this art in my hostel’s garden.

This is, after all, Gabriel García Márquez’ home town. After visiting Cartagena, his friend concluded, “You’re just a notary without imagination”.


This is Fermina’s house viewed from the plaza in which Florentino sat, in Love in the Time of Cholera.