Landed in Cartagena yesterday with a nice flight. Foreign carriers still treat you like a person with polite staff, legroom, actual food, and wine all at no extra cost. What a concept for a 2 hour flight. When I landed I tried to get some cash from the ATM but most of them were "chip" required ATM's so after 4 tires I figured this out. Cab ride was $4.50, didn't even have to play the game of trying to rip me off which seems to be the norm when I travel. Staying at El Viajero which is a very nice hostel, at least the private rooms are at $25 a night w/ aircon and $1.25 beers at the bar, but you would be had pressed to get a bike in here unless your a trials guy. The next day I checked out the city and sweated my shirt out in about 4 minutes at 8:30 AM. The heat index is around 108 F, so yea it's f'in hot. Very cool city so I just wandered around the city wall and through the streets. I kept wandering around until I found the giant fort I had read about. Pretty impressive with tunnels running throughout the structure and pretty much impenetrable. I still haven't got my brain working yet on the new currency so when people say $17 I hear 70 and fork over way to much money. Luckily on 3 occasions people were honest and sorted me out. I did go buy some cipro which is an antibiotic that will save the day if you get the deli belly or Montazuma comes a knocking. Anyway the pharmacist hands it to me and tells me how much it is but I cant understand so he writes it down. $110,000. What !!! It takes a second to compute as I hand over a few bills thinking this cant be right, thats $50 US. I then realize this and tell him thats to much money. As I walk away he gets another box and that $35,000 or $16. Still pretty steep and he says this is the generic, not sure if it was a scam or the real deal. Either way had I had been sick I would have forked over the $110,000. Here are some pics of the city to keep you guys entertained until I get out on the road. Hopefully more interesting than dead possums, I try and set the bar low.