|My hotel is the orange building to the right.|
|A minutero outside a shop in Cartagena|
I needed a minutero to call a new (friend of a friend... :) friend's brother-in-law who was going to help me buy a cell phone. There is a possibility that a gringa could be charged more for something than a local would be; Edwin was great & helped me get an inexpensive cell phone. He helped me set it up, get it loaded with minutes, input his own as well as his sister & brother-in-law's names/numbers, and on my first full day in Cartagena I was ready to text and call!
My other missions were to check out the various Spanish language learning possibilities as well as housing. I had three great housing options and am, as of the 1st, settled in an apartment in the historic center living with a Colombian woman, who is a friend of my new Spanish teacher. In looking into the various Spanish language schools, it seemed that with my background in Spanish, it might be better for me to have private lessons. So Claudia & I meet for an hour once a day; not only do I need to get used to Colombian Spanish (vs the Iberian Spanish I learned), but the Spanish they speak here on the Caribbean coast is very fast, they drop a number of "s's" (someone said to me "B Dos Tres" as in the apt number B 2 3, which I interpreted as "B Oh 3" -- really, I can't tell when someone says "Dos"??), and they have a lot of their own colloquialisms. Ah well, all to be learned...!