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Travel Blogs from Trinidad
... kids walking home from escuela.
Nice. We passed through Playa Larga and Playa Giron, in the infamous Bay
of Pigs, before we stopped briefly in Cienfuegos. I am not so sure about coming back to
Cienfuegos – although it is steeped with Revolutionary history – the town seems
We arrived on time in Trinidad, about
19:00, and the juniteros were out in storm.
They flooded the crowd as we came onto ...
... when it was a bustling city servicing the surrounding sugar plantations. When slavery ended in the 1880's, the production of sugar cane changed. The very large estates were no longer possible, and without their support, Trinidad languished. This was good news and bad news. While the grand mansions were no longer cared for, neither was there any new construction. Beginning in the 1980s with the mansions around the Plaza Mayor ...
... who owned significant sugar cane plantations and sugar mills in the area. Given the modern worlds current use of disposable architecture it's easy to appreciate the elaborate detail and craftsmanship that went into building towns that have survived and thrived for hundreds of years. You can almost see Diego Velazques (founder of Trinidad) sitting down at a local cafe with Chris Columbus (Euro discoverer of Cuba) while munching on some tapas, and discussing who ...
Finally got up about quarter to six and puttered around until a respectable time to go for breakfast, which was scheduled for 7:15.
Breakfast was bread, fruit and tomatoes (for some reason there were no eggs).
After breakfast my and Christina's teacher Grisele came to collect us (Christina decided to come along even though her class wasn't until 10:30 so the teacher wouldn't have to come back)
... a mini flash flood) but it was soon over . Our main casa was Jesus's house and Jesus was waiting our arrival to serve us the local welcome drink Canchachara, a bit like the African Dwaba with an incredibly generous serve of rum. It wasn’t long before I joined the band at dinner to play some percussion and smoke a cigar with Nathan (see photo). Note: I do not endorse smoking and drinking…..
We had two full days in Trinidad. This city is well preserved ...