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Archiv der Kategorie: Alex & Taru
I'm not kidding, but for a few weeks now, I've been dreaming of finding a small, discreet leather bag in cognac colour with a few different compartments and guess what I found today? I'm seriously not joking but this was exactly what I had envisioned. A bag small enough to not weight on my shoulder while running around on excursions in town or around the barrios. But large enough for keys, money, notebook and of course a phone if I still had one. Isn't this just perfection? Another good thing is that I met the people who produces them and if you'd like one, they're now available on our shop too. Check it out here. And my bracelet can be found here. Remember we still have free shipping on orders above $150 USD. Check out the whole collection here.
So we went back to town to search for that ice cream shop we've heard good rumors about and indeed it proved to be the best one of all we've tried in this city so far. A Venezuelan owner, schooled in the art of ice cream in Italy, has established this gelateria in the heart of the historic center of Cartagena. The ice cream is made with cream and only natural ingredients (the pistachio and the dark chocolate were absolutely delicious and very rich in taste) and the sorbets are done with fresh fruit and no artificial flavors added. Very nice... go there if you ever find yourself in Cartagena. The coffee was great too says Alex.
Gelateria Paradiso lays between Calle de la Estrella and Calle el Cuartel.
Literally ran into a Miss Caribbean contest one night.
Ring from We Dream In Colour.
A busy city by night. So glad we had a car, almost a must to get to experience all what the island offers.
One of the many beach clubs.
Oil refineries in abundance.
Curacao Yacht Club where we stayed. Excellent place.
Miss Bolivia and Saint Lucia. Have more photos of them all if you wanna see?
I did it, sporting short shorts in public! Jeezus...
View of the colorful waterfront.
one of the many five star hotels.
I have so many photos from Curaçao that I yet have to show you, here's a few. Curaçao is a really interesting island with a wonderful mixture of people. Many sailors and other people had recommended for us to not go, because of security reasons and for the fact that is "too rough", but it distilled in us a curiosity instead.
Curaçao is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and thus part of, what was earlier called "the Netherlands Antilles", now Dutch Caribbean islands - just like Bonaire, Aruba, St Maarten, Saba and Statia. Curacao lies just 40 miles off the coast of Venezuela, which helps to add a dash of Latin spice to the island. The architecture of the capital city Willemstad is Dutch traditional in brilliant pastel hues which somewhat reminds about Amsterdam.
Curaçao has one of the highest standards of living in the Caribbean, ranking 46th in the world in terms of GDP (PPP) per capita and 28th in the world in terms of nominal GDP per capita and this shows. The island has a very well-developed infrastructure that is centered around oil refining (see image #5), as well as tourism and financial services. You can feel how busy it is, naturally the many cruise ships helps the local economy to thrive but you can certainly feel that business is being made here. The restaurants, which are in abundance, are full every night, there's thousands of fashion shops in different price categories and fast food chains everywhere you're eyes can see. A very non-Caribbean Caribbean island but a refreshing alternative indeed.
Do you see what I see? Our bed frame is back in place, this bulkhead has been painted and the doors to the wardrobes are in place. Maybe a small step for humanity, but a big step for us. We can finally see this project coming to an end and we'll be sleeping in our own bed again very very soon. Now remains only painting of the bathroom bulkhead so we can get back to taking showers on the boat again. Step by step it's all coming together..
Best days around here are the cloudy ones. It's currently full summertime in South America, which extends from December to March more or less, and it really is incredibly hot. I hear the temperature doesn't change much be it summer or winter, but in the winter it does rain a bit more at least. We've been in Colombia now for almost two months, and it's rained once for like five minutes.
As it's tremendously important to keep yourself hydrated in this heat (35C/95F) and very high humidity (60-90%), we try to squeeze in as many juice and ice-cream pauses as we can. There's a plethora of fresh and healthy juice bars in town, will show you a few of them later, but so far we've found no ice-cream shop that has stolen our hearts. We had the problem of finding them in the West-Indies too, remember? There are a lot more Ice-cream shops here in Cartagena/Colombia, but still, they all seem to be so and so.
It's not always a blessing coming from the Mediterranean, you inevitably have to compare with the best there is on the planet on so many different areas. There's still one place to visit though which we've heard some good things about. Would it be possible that we'll finally find the first real ice-cream bar that produces from real cream and milk (or egg!) and natural ingredients rather than yoghurt, water, vegetable oils, skim milk powder or artificial flavors? Will keep you posted on this very important subject...
Sweets and desserts is a weakness of ours. Ice-cream, pastries, cookies, sorbets, buns - whatever that is well made and contains sugar really. Except for perhaps guava cheese or tamarind balls.. Here in Colombia as well as in the rest of South America, dulce de leche (also called Arequipe) is a popular thing to add inside or on top of desserts. You'll find it as an accompaniment to pancakes, inside of buns, cookies or cakes, you can spoon it up from a box in hard version and eat it as it is - or have your waffles floating around in it. In many parts of South America, in Argentina especially, the basic dulce de leche is sold in any supermarket, served as a part of desserts in any restaurant you can find and is loved by almost everyone. It's a part of their culture as much as coffee is.
Dulce de leche which literally means the sweet of milk, is similar to what we would call caramel elsewhere though it's even closer to the French confiture de lait. The basic traditional dulce de leche recipe calls for nothing more than milk sweetened with sugar, but the quality and way of preparing it differs naturally from place to place, kitchen to kitchen. It's the sort of thing that is absolutely divine if done right, but can be a mere dull sugar bomb if made in the simplest way. The real good ones I've tasted in my life consist also of vanilla, a bit of salt, and even cinnamon at times.
Restaurant Crepes and Waffles gets 2 out of 5 dulce de leche stars from us today. Waffles were good but the caramel offered merely a basic sweetened-condensed-milk-in-the-micro-oven-kind-of-taste. Best in town so far must have been that cake we had the other week at Mila which could reach a 3,5 to be fair.
If you'll ever try your hands on making your own dulce de leche, I would recommend making it with real whole milk and add your own sugar rather than using canned sweetened condensed milk which so many websites suggests. And don't forget to add a good amount of fresh vanilla seeds, at least that's what I would do. Am going to experiment with my own version and will let you know how that goes.