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Getsemaní embraces graffiti to showcase its spirit and heritage

On a recent visit to Cartagena, Colombia, the city that makes my mind wonder like no other, I got to experience first-hand the creativity and imagination that is brewing in Getsemaní, Cartagena’s not-so-well-kept secret.

Thanks to the first edition of the “Ciudad Mural” Urban Art International Festival,  the streets of this magical up-and-coming neighbourhood were covered with bright graffiti, history and lots of culture.  38 urban artists where responsible for this feast of colour, including 11 local artist who got the chance to showcase their city to the world.  I love the fact that one of the main goals of this festival was to create a new cultural experience for the local community which often time is forgotten in the midst of all the foreign tourism.

It is projects like this that make me proud of being Colombian.  It is also gratifying to see the attention the local communities get for something other than drugs and coffee.

Next time you are in Cartagena, be sure to get out of the now-common walled city to explore Getsemaní.  It holds many surprises and stories at every turn.  Let it dazzle you with its art and talent.

For more information on the festival visit:

http://www.vertigograffiti.com

The Andes through Colombia – Los Andes a travéz de Colombia

The Eastern Range of Los Andes as it crosses Colombian territory on its way to the Caribbean.
The Eastern Range of Los Andes as it crosses Colombian territory on its way to the Caribbean.

The majestic Eastern Range of the Colombian Andes is a land full of history and tradition.   These mountains were once home to the Guanes, one of the many indigenous tribes  that gave Colombia its richness in culture.  Nestled in these massive mountains one can find quaint colonial towns, mouth-watering food, award-winning coffee, beautiful hand-made crafts, and the ever-so happy and welcoming santandereanos.  This is a place that must be explored and rediscovered.   Stay tuned for more on the region, including a walk around Barichara and a tour around the farm responsible for one of the best coffees in the world.

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La majestuosa Cordillera Oriental de los Andes de Colombia es una tierra llena de historia y tradición. Estas tierras albergaron en el pasado a  los Guanes, una de las muchas tribus indígenas que dieron a Colombia su riqueza cultural. Ubicados en estas gran montañas se pueden encontrar pintorescos pueblos coloniales, la deliciosa comida regional, uno de los mejores cafés del mundo, bellas artesanías hechas a mano, y a los santandereanos siempre alegres y acogedores. Este es un lugar para volver a descubrir y explorar.  Esperen pronto  más información sobre la región, incluyendo un paseo alrededor de Barichara y un recorrido por la hacienda cafetera responsable por uno de los mejores cafés del mundo.