REALLY….PAY THE RANSOM!
Heres the deal, I knew in my heart of hearts that I wouldn’t be kidnapped, it’s not in the plan and anyway I have far too much to do with the launch of my new venture “Own it ,Feel it, Live it.com” !
This story is a perfect example of my mantra and not being held captive by fear or what others think you should or shouldn’t do!
I trusted my gut and my hosts Erica and Francesco of Escape to Shape.I also knew, that anyone bold enough to step into the heat of Cartagena, Columbia would be interesting and fun like-minded explorers… And I wasn’t disappointed!!
Not to say the trip didn’t start out with a little drama surrounding non-other, than the airplane Lou ! First I was “told off ” as if I were a naughty 5 year old boy, for slamming the Lou door shut , by the male flight attendant ,who looked like he could take any of us out ! My mouth literally dropped open as I tried not to laugh when he read me the riot act. I know I’m powerful ,but really,do you think I’m going break an airplane door off it’s hinges-well he did.
Next ,whispers floated around us as a waft of smoke escaped the infamous Lou. This time two CIA ,TV styled flight attendants marched down the aisle ,ordered the man to come with them back to smell the scene of the crime.This investigative action was then followed by the crew confiscating his passport and luggage. When we landed, two guerrilla style policeman with huge machine guns waited at the base of the stairs to escort the VERY FOOLISH secret smoker off to Columbian jail.An example of pure stupidity!
We on the other hand danced through customs in all our innocence and were met by a very nice driver with an air-conditioned van who safely whisked us off to our hotel for the night.
Cartagena is a beautiful old walled city flanked by the Caribbean ocean ,which blends the architecture of historic towns such as Seville & Cadiz in Southern Spain , infused with the sultry vibrancy ,color and tropical flavors of the Caribbean.A city which is considered one of the most beautiful in south america that charmed us all from her first touch ,with many unexpected surprises I’m happy to report.
Unique experiences from our first lunch whereby a friendly wild Toucan sat with us at our table, to the vibrancy of the street performers who entertained us as we dined late into the night in the local bustling town square .
A man lip synching, dressed as Shakira in a bikini with a grass skirt and long blond wig as his belly and hips gyrated to the pulsating sounds. Entertainment, laughter,life and thousands of columbian dollars flowed from every corner and our wallets as we each fell into the beat of the city.
This my friends was just day one!…more stories including “16 Woman in a Volcanic Mud Bath “,”Francesco and the Bond Girls Escape to the Forbidden islands “, “Pink champagne and 16 women in a changing room”, “Birthday Celebrations on the Walls of the City” , ‘”Negotiations of a carriage ride”, “Staying alive and beautiful with the best Yoga and Pilates teachers” and many more !!