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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 ...
... 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 ...
... pasta, meat, poultry, bread, rice and grain, juice, and dessert stations – to name a few. Typically, I am not a huge fan of buffets, but I can honestly say the food was INCREDIBLE!
After spending 3 full days in Cuba, spanning 500+ km, and experiencing Holguín, Baracoa, Santiago de Cuba, and the surrounding communities, Cuba has far exceeded my expectations. I cannot wait to see what the remainder of my journey entails.
... in the hills and in the village of Cobre. Copper is mined here and according to legend, in 1606, three slaves who worked in the copper mines were saved whilst in a boat fishing in the nearby bay by a statue of a black Virgin Mary. The cathedral is beautiful, and the statue is placed above the sanctuary of the church.
Our last stop before returning to the hotel was a visit to Revolution Square, which is a monument to ...