Blog

Cartagena: Getsemani
Getsemani06.jpg

The last stop for us was Getsemani. Getsemani was a very sketchy, abandoned area before it became the “Wynwood” of Cartagena. It’s mostly for young backpackers that like to stay at hostels with hip cafes and shops all around.

I finally got to try mojarra! After discovering this amazing band called Systema Solar, I’ve been singing one of their songs that celebrates the dish above. Now I know why they made a song about it. It’s fried fish but the fish skin is the best part. I know, weird. We ate this at Stefanos Bistro.

I finally got to try mojarra! After discovering this amazing band called Systema Solar, I’ve been singing one of their songs that celebrates the dish above. Now I know why they made a song about it. It’s fried fish but the fish skin is the best part. I know, weird. We ate this at Stefanos Bistro.

Tons of street art to be found here.

Tons of street art to be found here.

Beautiful contrasts all around.

Beautiful contrasts all around.

This is an airbnb mansion which you can see the inside  here . The classic mansion with a little pool in the middle of the home.

This is an airbnb mansion which you can see the inside here. The classic mansion with a little pool in the middle of the home.

One of the corners of the main plaza.

One of the corners of the main plaza.

Mystery doors continued.

Mystery doors continued.

A new hidden restaurant/hotel called Doña Lola. Egg cartons on the ceiling!

A new hidden restaurant/hotel called Doña Lola. Egg cartons on the ceiling!

Orange and green in my life once again.

Orange and green in my life once again.

Tatiana GancedoComment
Cartagena: El Centro
ElCentro01.jpg

It’s hard to believe that these streets are from the 1500’s. With layers of paint keeping the buildings alive. The centro (downtown) was built by the Spanish because they were taking gold from Colombia back to Spain. They built a wall around the centro to protect their stolen gold from pirates. There’s a big fort in the middle that took 200+ years to build with the help of slaves.

Those are palenqueras, the women who dress in large colorful dresses with fruits on their heads. They actually come from a city called Palenque and they travel to Cartagena to work and sell their fruits.

Those are palenqueras, the women who dress in large colorful dresses with fruits on their heads. They actually come from a city called Palenque and they travel to Cartagena to work and sell their fruits.

Cartagena is iconic for its numerous detailed doors. Which makes me wonder what is behind them. From what I know, they’re beautiful mansions with pools in the middle of the house.

Cartagena is iconic for its numerous detailed doors. Which makes me wonder what is behind them. From what I know, they’re beautiful mansions with pools in the middle of the house.

Almost all the facades have some sort of plants intertwining along the walls.

Almost all the facades have some sort of plants intertwining along the walls.

Sometimes you can get a glimpse of how old these buildings are. You start to wonder if those balconies will fall over your head as they’re constantly restoring the facades.

Sometimes you can get a glimpse of how old these buildings are. You start to wonder if those balconies will fall over your head as they’re constantly restoring the facades.

ElCentro06.jpg
Mom and sis looking inside a shop with, coincidently, my grandma’s name.

Mom and sis looking inside a shop with, coincidently, my grandma’s name.

This door is part of the oldest church in Cartagena called Convento de Santo Domingo founded in 1551. That’s so old to me. I wonder what that little door was for.

This door is part of the oldest church in Cartagena called Convento de Santo Domingo founded in 1551. That’s so old to me. I wonder what that little door was for.

ElCentro10.jpg
My aunt pointed at the sun dial on the side of this church and said that was how the people could tell time. Interesting how “6” is on there twice. No shadows casted on that day because it was cloudy.

My aunt pointed at the sun dial on the side of this church and said that was how the people could tell time. Interesting how “6” is on there twice. No shadows casted on that day because it was cloudy.

These paletas were much needed in the heat of the day. I got the limonada de coco which was refreshing and not too sugary. You have to eat them fast cause they start melting in 2 seconds.

These paletas were much needed in the heat of the day. I got the limonada de coco which was refreshing and not too sugary. You have to eat them fast cause they start melting in 2 seconds.

A quiet corner towards the outside of the centro. You can start seeing the old walls to the right.

A quiet corner towards the outside of the centro. You can start seeing the old walls to the right.

Teatro Heredia is an old theatre which still maintains its original 1906 decor inside.

Teatro Heredia is an old theatre which still maintains its original 1906 decor inside.

Mom and aunt leading us to the bovedas. My mom says that even though she lived in Cartagena for 11 years, she never really explored the centro to the fullest.

Mom and aunt leading us to the bovedas. My mom says that even though she lived in Cartagena for 11 years, she never really explored the centro to the fullest.

ElCentro17.jpg
Loved seeing the people hanging out inside the little windows.

Loved seeing the people hanging out inside the little windows.

Real coral walls. You know I love me some close up textures.

Real coral walls. You know I love me some close up textures.

The bovedas is a tourist trap but you can find some great things here. I found this beautiful woven purse for $30. It’s a one of a kind piece made by the locals and they state that the majority of the profit goes to them.

The bovedas is a tourist trap but you can find some great things here. I found this beautiful woven purse for $30. It’s a one of a kind piece made by the locals and they state that the majority of the profit goes to them.

Little coffee jeep.

Little coffee jeep.

The majority of these pics was one or two streets! The centro is small but very condensed. Hard to do it all in one or two days. I’m itching to explore all the streets though! With this new drug war starting again, not sure if I’m ever going back :( Time will tell.

Tatiana GancedoComment
Cartagena: Blanqui's House
Blanca01.jpg

Visiting grandma’s was our goal for this trip. It’s a goal because she lives an hour away from the downtown area where we were staying. This is my sixth time going to Cartagena and it always feels familiar but slightly different each time. Grandma’s house had the biggest change!

This cute area is where we relaxed most of the day. A much needed break from the madness of city life. Pedro, our uncle, is the one who transformed the place. The backyard had raw concrete with fungus that would stain all over the floor. The choza (palm hut) was very small before and didn’t look as nice. Now it’s a lot brighter with the white walls and pops of color.

This cute area is where we relaxed most of the day. A much needed break from the madness of city life. Pedro, our uncle, is the one who transformed the place. The backyard had raw concrete with fungus that would stain all over the floor. The choza (palm hut) was very small before and didn’t look as nice. Now it’s a lot brighter with the white walls and pops of color.

You know how grandmas always get excited when you eat their food? She was smiling ear to ear seeing us eat and would tell us not to shy away from asking for more. Pedro loves to grill and taught us his chimichurri recipe. He said it’s parsley, cilantro, garlic, shallots, red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. All chopped finely and measured by eye. For the fried plantains, my grandma cooked it in a red cola. Pretty weird and tasty. The soup my mom is eating is called mote de queso but I wasn’t a fan after trying it. It’s an old native dish found in the northern coast of Colombia.

You know how grandmas always get excited when you eat their food? She was smiling ear to ear seeing us eat and would tell us not to shy away from asking for more. Pedro loves to grill and taught us his chimichurri recipe. He said it’s parsley, cilantro, garlic, shallots, red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. All chopped finely and measured by eye. For the fried plantains, my grandma cooked it in a red cola. Pretty weird and tasty. The soup my mom is eating is called mote de queso but I wasn’t a fan after trying it. It’s an old native dish found in the northern coast of Colombia.

Grandma’s kitchen has completely transformed. Before it was a safety hazard because the roof was made out of tin and could easily collapse with a bad storm. Now it has a concrete roof and tiles on the walls for easy cleaning. They play vallenato and ranchero music while they cook, never a silent kitchen.

Grandma’s kitchen has completely transformed. Before it was a safety hazard because the roof was made out of tin and could easily collapse with a bad storm. Now it has a concrete roof and tiles on the walls for easy cleaning. They play vallenato and ranchero music while they cook, never a silent kitchen.

I joked that my grandma now lives way better than I ever did in NYC!

I joked that my grandma now lives way better than I ever did in NYC!

My grandma’s phone book with her handwriting. My mom and I looked through when she wasn’t around and found her notes endearing. She dropped out of elementary school but we still admired her effort to spell. Her phone case is baby Eeyore and still uses her Christmas table cloth haha. You can see a glimpse of how funny she is. People ask her why she doesn’t look or act 84 and her answer is to walk everywhere you go, no excuses (unless there’s a dark cloud). She also cracks jokes at everything around her, never taking anything too seriously. She’s had a hard life raising 7 children (most of the time on her own) so my mom wishes her final years to be tranquil and problem free.

My grandma’s phone book with her handwriting. My mom and I looked through when she wasn’t around and found her notes endearing. She dropped out of elementary school but we still admired her effort to spell. Her phone case is baby Eeyore and still uses her Christmas table cloth haha. You can see a glimpse of how funny she is. People ask her why she doesn’t look or act 84 and her answer is to walk everywhere you go, no excuses (unless there’s a dark cloud). She also cracks jokes at everything around her, never taking anything too seriously. She’s had a hard life raising 7 children (most of the time on her own) so my mom wishes her final years to be tranquil and problem free.

This is the living room area where many parties had been held for over 40 years. That’s one of our aunts, Delcy, about to tell us something. In the past, this house only had fans to cool everyone. Basically blowing hot air around. The average temperature in Cartagena is about 85-90 degrees F. Very humid like Miami too. So imagine being inside with all that heat in humidity all day and night. It was pretty brutal! It made me feel so lazy and not want to do anything, which is very unlike me! Now she has “mini split” units in every room that actually blows cool air. She also finally got her windows sealed with glass, it was just a hole with blinds before! Her house has definitely improved.

This is the living room area where many parties had been held for over 40 years. That’s one of our aunts, Delcy, about to tell us something. In the past, this house only had fans to cool everyone. Basically blowing hot air around. The average temperature in Cartagena is about 85-90 degrees F. Very humid like Miami too. So imagine being inside with all that heat in humidity all day and night. It was pretty brutal! It made me feel so lazy and not want to do anything, which is very unlike me! Now she has “mini split” units in every room that actually blows cool air. She also finally got her windows sealed with glass, it was just a hole with blinds before! Her house has definitely improved.

Tatiana GancedoComment
Current Favorites
Fuji X100F - my new camera that I’ve been shooting with since my trip to London 2018. Finally, a light, good quality camera that I can carry around instead of my clunky 2006 Canon XTi DSLR. I’ve had dreams that I’m taking photos with an intense atmosphere that becomes other worldly and I’m sure this camera made my dreams come true. It captures light so magically that it takes me back to the magic that was flickr.

Fuji X100F - my new camera that I’ve been shooting with since my trip to London 2018. Finally, a light, good quality camera that I can carry around instead of my clunky 2006 Canon XTi DSLR. I’ve had dreams that I’m taking photos with an intense atmosphere that becomes other worldly and I’m sure this camera made my dreams come true. It captures light so magically that it takes me back to the magic that was flickr.

I used to blog more often! I find it harder to find spare time now. I usually come home so tired (from driving + new job that I’ve been rebranding) that I just flop. Then I start losing my little creative world that I would get lost in. I love looking back at my favorites and see how much has changed. That’s what keeps me coming back.

Best yoga pants I’ve ever worn. Amazing, soft, buttery quality with earthy colors. I would buy all their colors but that’s not necessary. The fact that they’re made out of recycled water bottles made me throw my credit card at the screen.  Girlfriend Collective  cares about the environment without being too pricey about it. And I love the branding yes hello duh.

Best yoga pants I’ve ever worn. Amazing, soft, buttery quality with earthy colors. I would buy all their colors but that’s not necessary. The fact that they’re made out of recycled water bottles made me throw my credit card at the screen. Girlfriend Collective cares about the environment without being too pricey about it. And I love the branding yes hello duh.

Sisters ! These don’t have any weird chemicals and leaves your hair smelling like plants - in a good way.

Sisters! These don’t have any weird chemicals and leaves your hair smelling like plants - in a good way.

I just realized how much orange and green I own. I do love me some oranges and gardens so it makes sense. This cute pin is from  Hannah Kristina Metz . Bookbag from  Baggu . I always love what they come up with.

I just realized how much orange and green I own. I do love me some oranges and gardens so it makes sense. This cute pin is from Hannah Kristina Metz. Bookbag from Baggu. I always love what they come up with.

My latest  Muji  online purchase. The relax oil for my diffuser smells great. I sometimes turn the diffuser on before I go to sleep as part of a night routine to wind down. I use the striped headband to wash my face. It’s so soft, I forget it’s on my head. The crackers and cookies were good and the loofah is pretty soft.

My latest Muji online purchase. The relax oil for my diffuser smells great. I sometimes turn the diffuser on before I go to sleep as part of a night routine to wind down. I use the striped headband to wash my face. It’s so soft, I forget it’s on my head. The crackers and cookies were good and the loofah is pretty soft.

This might be my favorite pizza. Sorry NYC but this one wins. I didn’t know about  Mister 01  until I moved back from NYC and worked in Brickell. The first pizza I tried from them was the Star Luca and it was good. But this truffle oil and burrata concoction really did it for me.

This might be my favorite pizza. Sorry NYC but this one wins. I didn’t know about Mister 01 until I moved back from NYC and worked in Brickell. The first pizza I tried from them was the Star Luca and it was good. But this truffle oil and burrata concoction really did it for me.

My bento box from  Takenaka ! When I found this lunchbox, I felt like I should’ve had this all my life. It fits all my lunches perfectly and have the option to take only 1 compartment instead of two.

My bento box from Takenaka! When I found this lunchbox, I felt like I should’ve had this all my life. It fits all my lunches perfectly and have the option to take only 1 compartment instead of two.

Songs that make my soul very happy. Big City’s pianos. St. Lucia can’t get any more happier. Lizzo is hilarious. Borderline made me investigate the genius that is Kevin Parker. When he improvises @_@

Tatiana GancedoComment
Art Basel 2018
Art_Miami_2018.jpg

3 months later, here’s my Art Basel recap. Art Basel isn’t the same as when I was in school (2009-2013). Actually, a lot of things aren’t the same. But that’s the ebb and flow of life. It allows other things to come into fruition.

Alice von Maltzahn, Bound, 2018. Cut paper relief

Alice von Maltzahn, Bound, 2018. Cut paper relief

Dukki Kim, Between Cyprus Trees, 2018. Acrylic on canvas.

Dukki Kim, Between Cyprus Trees, 2018. Acrylic on canvas.

Jean Cocteau ceramics

Jean Cocteau ceramics

Design_Miami_2018-1.jpg
The middle plate made me giggle.

The middle plate made me giggle.

The Future Perfect gallery

The Future Perfect gallery

Fendi water fountains

Fendi water fountains

The Flow of Time by Takt Project and Shingo Abe

The Flow of Time by Takt Project and Shingo Abe

I liked this carpet - not sure who made it.

I liked this carpet - not sure who made it.

Tatiana GancedoComment