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Cartagena has made the New York Times

Cartagena celebrates fervently its independence with dancing in parades, spraying foam, chucking water, throwing flour in people's faces, lighting firecrackers, drinking beer, and last but not least, worshipping beauty.  Check out this article: Dueling Beauty Pageants Put Cartagena's Income Gap on View. Make sure to watch the video.

The only problem with the article's accuracy is that it neglects to mention the middle/ middle lower class neighborhoods. Don't worry everyone. I am not living in the poorest barrio in town, Boston. When people ask me where I am from, I always say Boston... el barrio. They always smile and respond, Nooo! Boston... Los Red Sox... Estados Unidos.  ¡Sí!

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