WOMEN WHO TRAVEL 2019
Pretty pink tassels hanging from metal bars, quirky floral wall paper, exposed bricks, sounds like the standard cool trendy ‘hipster’ type restaurants I’ve sat in many times before, but this is the first time behind the steel bars the staff serving the food are also serving time.
I’m dining inside Interno which is Spanish for ‘inmate’ a restaurant located in the all-women San Diego prison in Cartagena. The minimum-security facility is the last stop for women before they’re released. The project goal is to help these women reintegrate into society by giving them training, skills as well as the social side of customer interaction.
Prior to entering I was nervous, this was something outside my comfort zone but all mis-preconceptions disappeared very quickly. The restaurant was packed, lively, and buzzing with energy. Our hostess was so lovely and helpful as were all the staff in there matching pink head ties. The food was incredibly tasty, I had the locally sourced ceviche in coconut milk. This wasn’t just a new experience but a very humbling one.