04.07.2009 - 04.07.2009 28 °C
To celebrate the day England let America start taking care of it's own affairs, i joined Josh and John, their Spanish tutor, her boyfriend, sister and friend (from Argentina) on a trip to Playa Blanca via Rosario Island. We had a killer early start of 8 am (i have fully adjusted from my 06:50 get up for work time table) and hit the supermarket to stock up on beer and supplies.
We met Catalina (Spanish tutor) and group under the clock tower outside the city walls and headed to the docks. After some franticSpanish from Catalina we managed to get the day trip for 45,000 Pesos instead of 60,000 (£15) and jumped on the boat for Playa Blanca (or so we thought)... We instead got dropped off on Rosario Island and after we explained we were meant to be going to Playa Blanca got left on the island whilst the others on our boat went for a snorkel on the nearby coral reef. Our fiery Spanish tutor would not stand for this and got us a lift on the next boat to the rest of our group and a half price snorkel! The reef was quite impressive and reasonably shallow so you could see schools of fish weaving in and out of the coral.
After about an hour we all got back onto the boat and were taken to Playa Blanca. Playa Blanca is exactly what you imagine a Caribbean beach to look like, white sand, palm trees, turquoise water.. When we jumped off the boat the were led to a large row of huts with a canopy between them made out of palm leaves. We were offered either a meal of fish or chicken - i went for fish (if you go, go for chicken).
After about 2 hours we were ushered back onto the boat and made the choppy journey back to Cartagena, half of theCaribbean sea made its way into our boat on the way back and fortunately my fish stayed firmly in my stomach...