Chasing the Light in Cartagena de Indias
Within the walls of Cartagena de Indias is a riot of color. Doors and walls take on the personalities of their owners. Outside of the walls, the neighborhood of Getsemine is quieter, historically the refuge of freed slaves, and early Syrian and Lebanese immigrants who were not always accepted within the more "exclusive" walled city.The history of its people is a story of indigenous peoples, imported and freed African slaves, and Spanish colonizers.
To understand its mystery requires a sense of magic realism, as conveyed in Gabriel Garcia Marquez' Love in the Time of Cholera, and One Hundred Years of Solitude:
"'Things have a life of their own,' the gypsy proclaimed with a harsh accent. 'It's simply a matter of waking up their souls.'"
"The adolescents of my generation, greedy for life, forgot in body and soul about their hopes for the future until reality taught them that tomorrow was not what they had dreamed, and they discovered nostalgia."