I was excited and curious about what my first impressions would be when arriving in Cartagena, Colombia. My flight was very smooth, and only two and half hours from Miami. After a short fifteen minute ride, my taxi arrived and entered a beautiful fortified walled city. Full of colors and life, this 500 year old city has been a UNESCO world heritage sight in 1984. Quite interestingly, the local population is a mélange of indigenous people of Mongolian origin (as I was told by my guide from the Museo del Oro), Spaniards, African slaves, and people of Arab ethnicity arriving in the early nineteenth century.