We arrived in Cartagena in mid October after a great 48 hour sail from Gibraltar.
Our original plan had been to spend the winter somewhere near Barcelona however, one of the biggest lessons we’ve learned since setting sail is that plans involving water are best not set in stone. So here we are for the next few months.
It definitely took us a couple of weeks to settle in to marina life after 4 months of cruising and if I’m honest, maybe that’s one of the reasons it’s taken me so long to write this blog. I’ve suffered pretty badly with homesickness since arriving in Cartagena, something I’ve never truly experienced before. I think it’s fair to say we are all looking forward to a trip home to visit family and friends over Christmas.
However, it’s certainly not all doom and gloom on Bella by any stretch of the imagination. We’ve absolutely loved exploring this fabulous city. The place is steeped in history – you can’t even pop to the panderia without tripping over Roman remains -making history lessons really interesting.
Our time is divided into four parts – school, boat jobs, exploring and marina life. As we will be here until April 2020, instead of a monster blog about everything, I’ve decided to write four smaller pieces around each of these topics over the next few weeks.
For now though, these are just a few photos of our first few weeks.