Many of Cartagena's biggest attractions are quite close to each other. You will notice fairly quickly -- especially if you look at postcards of the city -- that many of the most famous buildings in Cartagena are bright yellow. The Clock Tower is one of them. In addition to being a great example of where to see the old city walls, the Clock Tower's dramatic skyline presence makes it an easy tool to navigate by. The narrow street across from the Tower is known as El Portal de los Dulces, or Sweets Street. Here, vendors -- primarily women, who tack up wooden signs bearing their names above their booths -- set up carts selling local favorites like coconut and panela (similar to brown sugar) cookies, guava jellies and dulce de leche shaped like coins, hearts or babies. Most of these come pre-wrapped, making them easy and fun souvenirs or gifts for loved ones back home, and you can usually try samples.
For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.
Francis Scott Fitzgerald