Gran Hotel Escuela
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- It’s the most African and the most musical town
- It’s called the cradle of Revolution
- It’s the 2nd largest city of Cuba with over 400.000 people living here
- It was the first Capital of Cuba
Our Casa in El Tivoli
We knew turning at the clock tower and we should come to a road which is on the ...
... and not try to sell them!
The temperature was rising, the climb to the main square was also up a steep hill, the pavements were full of deep holes and the consistent pestering of offers for taxi tours was becoming a bit tiresome. We didn't feel at risk at any time just wished they would accept a polite NO THANKYOU.
We sat for a while at a roadside bar listening to the rhythms of a Cuban group. I gave the remaining pens and pencils to some children and we made out ...
... at each Yellow Man to pick up and drop off individuals. Hector explained that when Cubans travel, they “leave home with a bottle or two of water and a big bag of patience.”
Next up we took a ferry out to Granma Island, a small island near Santiago with a population of about 800 people. There we had lunch with Pedro, a young fisherman, and his colleagues, who explained the technical aspects of their work. It was very interesting to learn ...
... the last towns before we have the Autopista for the very last part of the journey. Couple of wrong turns in this town with locals shouting at the car left us a bit frazzled.
Eventually we find the Autopista - please let this part be easy. No lights, very random signposts, m**************s, construction works that sent us to the other side of the road with no cones or barriers. Piece of cake!
Never have we ever been so happy to see the sign welcoming us ...
... It was very interesting and a lot of fun. Then we went to a private performance of the Ballet Folklorico de Oriente, a professional dance troupe. It was excellent. While we were in the theatre, we had a rainstorm. The we went to the Conga Los Hoyas, a children's dance troupe organized 21 years ago by a former dancer to involve the local children in dance. They were wonderful and had excellent choreography and costumes. The youngest was 2 and ...