Cartagena is such a vibrant city! There is so much to do, we wish we had more time in our trip to explore. Between all the plazas, cathedrals, cafes, and castles - you can easily fill up the days just wandering around this old historic town. We stayed in this epic apartment listed on Airbnb and started our first night catching the sunset over pina coladas and mojitos at Cafe Del Mar. After, we had dinner at Don Juan (that happened to be perfectly located next to our place), followed by more drinks and dancing at the sister restaurante Maria (also next door). This restaurant has the cutest decor. But all the colonial architecture in Cartagena - the massive doors that are accompanied by baby doors, elaborate knockers, overhanging balconies, patios - make this city so charming! If you are thinking of visiting, do not hesitate - go now! This was by far my favorite city in all of Colombia.
Here's what we did on our last day in Cartagena: We had breakfast at Crepes & Waffles, walked around the Walled City, had lunch at Restaurante Maria, climbed Castillo San Felipe De Barajas, had dinner at La Vitrola, went dancing at Cafe Havana and had a late night dip at this amazing castle/villa you can rent!
It was a perfect fun-filled day to end a very memorable vacation! Looking forward to our next Amigamoon trip this year!
After an 8 hour flight, we landed in Reykjavik, rented a car and headed east. Our circumnavigation of the island began immediately, with a two hour drive and two epic waterfalls before we checked in to the Icelandair Hotel in Vík.
When we arrived in Iceland, I was delirious from the travel (being a vegetarian is tough sometimes!). The only restaurants open when we got in were gas stations, and even then, my snacks didn't satiate my hungry appetite. However, when we made our first stop at Seljalandsfoss that all disappeared. Walking behind a beautiful waterfall filled me with so much excitement, my priority for eating completely went away. At our next stop, Skógafoss, I was so impressed by how close you can get to the waterfall. A double rainbow nearby didn't hurt either!
By the time we set out for our hotel, my hunger pangs kicked in so we made a beeline to the closest restaurant in Vík, Halldorskaffi. We then reset - freshened up, took a long nap, had an early dinner at Berg Restaurant and continued our exploration of the town. After sunset, we returned back to our hotel with celebratory drinks at the bar for a successful first day of our 10-day journey.
Photos .by Alex Cornell
As you round the southeast corner of the country, you don't want to miss these attractions: the abandoned plane in Sólheimasandur, the basalt sea stacks called Reynisdrangar, the black sand beach Reynisfjara, the Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, and Svartifoss waterfall in Skaftafell. A few are off the beaten path so make sure your vehicle is a 4x4 and bring a spirit for off-roading. We had a flat-tire that we were not prepared for, but fortunately we were still in Vík and close enough to an auto repair shop that patched it up quickly. After, we still had our sense of our adventure but that definitely cautioned us to drive slower on gravel roads. Overall, our car served us well and luckily that incident was the only hiccup we had on the trip.