Cartegena is an absolutely fascinating city and, for about 3 weeks, my temporary home. This Colombian jewel was founded by the Spanish commander Pedro de Heredia in 1533. Only a few years later in 1586, a British armada under Francis Drake, known by the Spanish as El Draque, attacked the city, razing much to the ground. It was this tragedy that led to the commissioning of the city walls, designed by Italian military engineer Batista Antonelli. This marvel of civil engineering stands proudly around the old city to this day and is the focus of the New Year’s Eve celebrations.