Caribbean Coconuts
 

I knew it was time to head to the shores of the Caribbean when a friend in Bogotá pointed to one of their palm trees and said, “They have these trees in Cartagena… but with coconuts.” Ahhh coconuts, my favorite. I have coconut shampoo, coconut conditioner, coconut lotion and coconut body wash. I'd have coconut deodorant if I could find it (believe me, I've looked). So you can imagine how excited I was when I finally made it to the beach here and plopped down with my towel and a trashy novel underneath the long awaited coconut trees.

After christening my body and my new bathing suit in the Caribbean, I nestled into the sand to start reading my book. I soon noticed, however, that I was spending more time saying, “No, gracias,” than actually doing any reading. Although completely harmless, the countless number of persistent vendors that passed by were quite a nuisance. That is, until the beautiful African Caribbean woman with the bowl coconuts miraculously balanced upon her head appeared. For 2000 pesos, she selected a perfectly ripe coconut, pulled out a machete, chopped off the top, and handed me the coconut with a straw. She chatted away with her fellow vendors as I sipped on the more-sour-than-expected coconut water. When the coconut was finally sucked dry, she took it back and fearlessly chopped it up into pieces small enough to eat. I savored about a quarter of the juicy fruit, and shared the rest of it with the kids making sandcastles next to me.

No matter what your goals are here in Cartagena, when you head to its beaches, be sure not to miss the treacherous workings of the coconut women or the scrumptious taste of this fantastic fruit.

Catherine Wilson

Buena Lectura

Las ediciones de la Revista TRAVIATA me parecen de lo más IN en Cartagena, debido a que se abarcan facetas olvidadas por otras revistas, eso la hace única en todo el sentido de la palabra. Todas sus portadas me invitan a entran en ese mundo fantástico de la buena lectura.

Los felicito de todo corazón por tan buena empresa y espero que muchos sigan sus pasos para hacer de Cartagena la ciudad que todos queremos, una Cartagena con Cultura Ciudadana.

Royder Herrera
CyberNautaPlace

Pasando fronteras
Debo felicitarlos por la excelente calidad de vuestra revista. También escuche gracias a un amigo del profesionalismo de una de sus profesoras... Zaira Bibiana Peña; excelente profesional en todo sentido vocacional. Esperamos que las maravillosas alas artísticas de vuestra revista lleguen hasta nuestro país.

Alejandro Santibáñez
Duoc-UC Viña del Mar Chile

¿TRAVIATA de venta...?
He visto la publicidad de ustedes y me contaron que la revista Traviata ya no la regalaban si no que la vendían o había que suscribirse…bueno en fin…lo malo es que no se sabe muy bien en donde la están vendiendo. En el caso mío soy lectora ocasional y no quiero suscribirme… gracias.

Maira Alexandra Lullaybe
Universidad de Cartagena
maylullaybe@hotmail.com

 


 
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