We continued our land tour of Colombia by bus to Mompox, a colonial town that remains little changed by time. We explored all over by walking and on a boat tour on the Rio Magdalena. It was very interesting to see how life was lived along the river. It very much reminded us of India on the Ganges and Aleppo Backwater.
First we explored by walking all around Mompox and beyond. Though, admittedly, we didn’t find much beyond. This cemetery was amazing with its beautiful chapel, stacked graves, and 55 cats. Yes, I said 55 cats. And some of them were just born the day we visited or the night before and didn’t even have their eyes open yet. One kitten took a liking to Dave and I and was just begging to become a boat cat. But we held strong and just said no. A kindly street vendor even offered me a box to put the kitten in to take it home. It was super sweet and we will have pets again someday, but not on the boat. Someone must feed all these cats for them to breed so prolifically.
We walked all through the town (pictures in the gallery below) and stopped into this jewelry store where they make all their jewelry by hand right where we could watch. I love this! When I buy gifts for people, it almost always is from an artisan making the stuff while they sell it.
This little bird tried and tried to get into the building. It was cute, but a bit mental. We attempted to walk to the next town.