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fruit ladies


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Zuzka Greizinger


I’m a stewardess, but I used to be an editor for a magazine, so I always have had my head in the clouds. In addition, I’ve always been attracted by the heights and distances and so I came up with a great idea – I could explore the world as a flight attendant! 🙂



Colombia is full of eye-popping images that can steal your breath. But if you need to pick just one place, then let it be Cartagena. Ornate Spanish colonial architecture dripping with tropical flowers, the Palenqueras and Caribbean vibes are just a few reasons Cartagena de Indias is one of the most photographed cities in Colombia.

Me and my best travel buddy, friend Bill are both born in November and there is only one birthday gift which could make us truly happy – a proper travel trip. But where to go? We have about two weeks of vacation so let’s go somewhere very far. And can you go further than to Easter Island? I doubt so! This mysterious island will be our main travel goal together with mysterious Bolivia. But checking the best flight connections from Abu Dhabi we have found out we need to make it through Bogota in Colombia. Seems like all flight paths to Latin America meet in Bogota. And once we need to change our flight there why not to tick off another country from our bucket list and explore it a bit more than just strolling around duty free shops at the airport? Due to limited time we have picked the destination everybody finds the most picturesque from all the country – Cartagena. 

Avianca – a crew friendly airline

Six hours in business class from Abu Dhabi to Munich with Etihad Airways. Then short stop at the airport in Munich. Then 12 hours in business class from Munich to Bogota with Avianca. Thanks god for our discounted staff tickets! I’m so amazed by the approach of all staff of Avianca airlines (from ground staff to cabin crew on board) and their service. I would say, the most crew friendly airline ever. They treat us like their direct colleagues not like someone annoying who paid for the ticket less than half of the price… After that we are changing again. This time only one last hour on board the plane to Cartagena. Even though the most of our journey we spent sleeping (or eating) in comfy business class, still we are completely dead. And in Cartagena is soooo hot.

Grenadilla – the best fruit ever

It’s early morning when we’re arriving to Cartagena. We are taking Uber and heading to our hotel in heart of Cartagena. Casa Baluarte is the name of our new place for overnight. It has beautiful colonial style but forget about the hot water in the shower. In Cartagena you won’t find many places with proper hot shower. Anyway it’s too early to check-in, so we will just use common facilities to change. It wasn’t easy to pack for this trip. Cartagena has Caribbean weather, Easter Island is in eternal spring and Bolivia is going to be freezing! Think about your itinerary when you are packing. You might be squeezed in super tiny bathroom trying to dig out something suitable for current weather from the bottom of your suitcase. After this small challenge we are ready to explore. Without any plan or goal we are just wandering around Old Town. It is beautiful but we can’t enjoy it fully as we are super tired and with raising sun it gets extremely hot. Soon we are giving-up and taking break in the shade of the park. Since I tried the taste of Colombian grenadilla (something like a passion fruit but way better) for the first time in Peru, I’m dreaming about it. And it’s impossible to find it in Abu Dhabi. I’ll make Bill to buy us 2 kilos which we finish in a short moment! The best fruit I ever ever ever ever had! 

Palenqueras – fruit ladies

In the streets of Old Town we are passing by many Palenqueras – so they call beautiful Colombian women dressed in bright costumes, balancing bowls of fruit atop their heads. They tend to cluster in shady spots in the squares and parks where they chat up travelers, pose for photos (only for some tip) and serve up some of the sweetest fruits you’ll ever eat. You can’t leave Cartagena without taking any photos with these ladies… 

Getsemani – salsa music at every corner

Soon due to weather we are sweating and feeling super exhausted. For the late lunch we will just pick the first restaurant we like. It is located near our hotel in Getsemani – the most traditional area in Cartagena with many popular graffiti murals, restaurants and bars. Our restaurant has beautiful garden terrace with a fan and Italian food is served. Not Colombian but not bad at all for two tired and hungry bodies. I hear salsa music from every second bar we are passing by. But despite the fact it sounds appealing to me we have decided to go back to hotel, check-in, have some shower (cold, of course), make some plans for tomorrow and go sleep. Next day we want to wake-up early so we can enjoy strolling and taking pictures before the sun kill us. 

The most instagrammable spots in Cartagena

After simple breakfast and Colombian fresh guava juice (yummy) at beautiful rooftop of our hotel we are ready for some photo shooting morning. We have a couple of hours before it gets really hot and crowded. So where exactly are those spots where you can get the best shot?


  1. Calle 37 – the most beautiful street of all Cartagena. Very colorful with lots of flowers. Most of my photos is taken right here. 
  2. Abaco Libros y Café – iconic street with the Cathedral in background.
  3. Getsemani street art
  4. La Cocina de Pepina in Getsemani – the restaurant with a beautiful orange mural and an old bicycle in the front
  5. Plaza de Trinidad, Getsemani 
  6. The Street outside Santo Domingo Vidal Hostel – alley of exotic flowers
  7. Las Tres Guerreras – beautiful mural art
  8. Calle de San Juan (Café de Mural)
  9. Calle San Andres
  10. Calle de la Sierpe
  11. The Rooftop of Movich Hotel
  12. Carrera 8

Colombian food and where to eat

When we are done with pictures, we want to try some typical Colombian food. According to plenty of reviews I read on internet La Cocina de Pepina in Getsemani is supposedly the best restaurant in Cartagena to sample the fusion of traditional Colombian and Caribbean cuisine that is typical of Cartagena food. Even though the restaurant is a bit pricy for Colombia but still affordable and definitely worth to try! Dishes hover around 20-30.000 COP (roughly $7- $10). And on top of that, in front of the restaurant there is another amazing photo spot! We ordered what we were recommended by a waiter: a mind blowing fish soup (Sopa Caribe), Colombian sour Ceviche and delicious Posta Negra Cartagena – slowly roasted beef tenderloin with red onion, tomatoes, sweet peppers and cloves. All classical recipe from the Cartagena table. I have to say, Colombian food is delicious!


The best food in Cartagena:

  1. Sopa Caribe – Colombian fish soup
  2. Posta Negra Cartagena – slowly roasted beef tenderloin
  3. Colombian Ceviche
  4. Fish. All of the fish.
  5. Colombian Shrimp Cocktail
  6. Mango Biche
  7. Jugos Naturales – fresh guava juice mainly!

The best restaurants in Cartagena: 

  1. La Cocina de Pepina
  2. La Casa de Socorro
  3. Pizza Carbon
  4. Oh! La La
  5. El Boliche Cebicheria
See you soon Colombia!

After a great late lunch we need to go back to hotel, check-out and go to the airport. Tonight we want to fly back to Bogota and from there take the flight to Santiago de Chile and there another one to Easter Island. We checked the load before as we travel on stand-by staff ticket and seems there are still some seats available but when we reach the gate, flight is getting delayed and… full. But again, Avianca saved us! Because we are trained as cabin crew and we carry our licenses, they allow us to take jumpsuits at the back with operating Avianca crew! They are always so nice to us…  See you soon Colombia. In less than two weeks we are back!

Easter Island

Over eight hundred statues all over the tiny island where population most likely never exceeded couple of thousands! So who carved them? What purpose do they have? How did they find such a remote place somewhere in the middle of Pacific?

Zuzka Greizinger


I’m a stewardess, but I used to be an editor for a magazine, so I always have had my head in the clouds. In addition, I’ve always been attracted by the heights and distances and so I came up with a great idea – I could explore the world as a flight attendant! 🙂