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Thursday, May 30, 2024

Cartagena

Our afternoon in Cartagena was filled with a unique experience-an advertised tapas and wine tour that, to our surprise, also included beer, adding a delightful twist to the usual offerings.

As we were guided through the city on our tour, we learned about the history of Cartagena. One reason discovery was that there are ancient ruins under the city center. This presents both opportunities and problems for developers. In some cases, Developers are allowed to upgrade buildings with the stipulation that they maintain and restore the fa├žade of the building. If they break ground and find ancient Roman ruins, then they have to stop development and call in the government to determine whether or not they continue to develop the location.
Our tour was a gastronomic delight, with three stops where we sampled a variety of tapas and beverages. We were treated to three different types of tapas, each with its unique flavor profile, and a selection of drinks including basic sangria, red or white wine, and beer. While one of the sangrias stood out for its exceptional taste, another was less impressive, reminiscent of Kool-Aid. The beers, though not region-specific, were refreshingly cold.
The weather was sunny and 70°, perfect for walking around the area.