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... 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 ...
... tender by the end of the lesson.
The cough continued to get worse. Rosa, the co-owner of the casa, offered me some herbal tea with dinner for my cough.
Dinner was a really nice black bean soup, some kind of shredded pork, rice and potatoes. The tea arrived and did a better job than the expensive cough syrup on my cough.
Before bed, Rosa gave me a purple onion to put near my head to clear my ...
... to check out the local handicraft market. Everywhere in the world you haggle for a better price, but when the starting prices is well below what you are prepared to pay you just hand over the money. I got some wooden statues and painting. Karen bought a beautiful painting which captures the feel of Cuba very well (see photo).
We had street pizza for lunch which are sold out of people’s houses. I had to line up with the locals and not having any national ...