Colombia: Cartagena and Rosario Islands

With a bit of time on our hands, hubby and I spent a few days on a mini-vacation in Cartagena, Colombia. We stayed at Hotel Playa Manglares, sharing our private beach accommodations with an international mix of people, including a Colombian telenovela scriptwriter and his family, our Air BnB host and commercial photographer Olga, and a trio of ladies from Belgium. Through lively conversations during meals, we learned about the historical root and current context for the narcotics war against the rebel FARCs and got a local's perspective on hopes and fears for the future of the country.