Thursday, July 19, 2012

Fort and the Inquisition

Today we went to Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, the fort which was used for protection from British and other invaders. We walked for about 30 minutes across the old town to get there. It had a very complex design so that it was impossible to attack. My favourite part was some long snaking tunnels where they kept the cannon balls and gunpowder. There was a steep incline and it would have been a lot of fun to take my Trunki suitcase and ride down it. We climbed up to the top of the fort and went to go look in the sentry boxes. The Spanish could see if other forces were coming to attack. There were a lot of cannon. I sat on a cannon and pretended to blow up some car showrooms far below. My theory about firing guns is that if there's no toy shop you can blow it up.

Take aim! Fire!
A bird must have fallen out of the sky because there were a lot of people standing round and muttering.

There was a small gift shop in the castle and we stopped to have some lemonade.

In the afternoon we went to see the museum of the Spanish Inquisition. It had lots of different devices that were used to torture people if they didn't believe in what the church said. On the top floor they had the history of Cartagena. There, they had guns on display and maps which showed the ship routes across the Atlantic.

Our apartment has maid service. Our maid, Lina, came and made us a traditional Colombian dinner of rice with coconut, fish, salad, and plantain with a sweet sauce on top. There was strawberry juice to drink. It was delicious.

They also fixed the light problem in my room.


  1. I like the photo of you on the cannon. Probably not the best place to sit if you were really firing it!

  2. Oh well, I was only pretending to fire it after all. Any way it's to old to be fired.