The girl who sleeps too much
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My roomies gave me this nickname because I actually went to sleep at 9 p.m. my first night here. Geez! I told them I just got here after a 24 hour bus ride. No excuse apparently. People don´t sleep here, not at night anyway. After landing here and joining a few guys from my room for dinner, I laid down for a nap with the others. They all got up about 11 p.m. to head to the clubs, but I just couldn´t do it with no sleep the night before. So that´s how I earned my nickname.
Last night I was determined to turn that around, so I told them I´d join them for a night out, even though I was really more interested in another good night´s sleep. We didn´t even leave the hostel until about midnight! Then we got to the club and it took an hour outside negotiating with the doormen (luckily many at the hostel are fluent) and we finally got in for about five bucks, getting two beers to boot.
They sure know how to dance here. The ladies dress quite provocatively, too, and so are their moves. There is a serious muffin-top problem here though that they should put out a PSA about, but overall the way the women dress is very different from my previous destinations. I stick to my scruffy traveler´s clothes but still generate enough attention. I finally had enough and was going to make my way back the five blocks to the hostel alone as no one else was ready to leave, but the doorman followed me out. He ended up buying me a snack on the street where we sat for a chat. We had a nice conversation at first, with him asking about my trip and whatnot.
I collapsed into bed, with loud salsa music booming from the place next door, getting to slumber about 5 a.m. Now how can they say I sleep too much?
Cartagena has been nice. I like the vibe here and I´m finally getting more relaxed with the language and interacting with the locals. I´m reading to move on already, though, so I´m taking another overnight bus to Medellin where it is cooler and I guess one of the nicest cities in South America, according to one source. We´ll see.