Hotel Los Caneyes
Travel Blogs from Santa Clara
The Cuban Revolution led by Fidel Castro is a compelling story which is made that much moreso by the ongoing, almost childish, animosity between Cuba and the U.S. It's a part of day-to-day life here and the propaganda is pervasive. We wanted to do our own walk through history and Santa Clara seemed to be as good a spot as any- it's often referred to as the spot of the battle that marked the beginning of the end for the despised Batista regime. Calling it ...
... was left to wait for close to half an hour only to say goodbye at the gate.
This was the first of the female pilots on the trip.
The plane was a little late getting into Toronto but that was no problem as the flight for Montreal didn't leave until 9:15.
Uneventful flight to Montreal (and short).
The Montreal - Santa Clara flight was a different matter. The flight was almost 35 minutes late leaving and it was full, so ...
... At least it had no traffic and we rattled along it at a heady 30, sometimes 40 kms/hr, through mainly flat semi forest. It took us a couple of hours therefore to cover the 60 or so kms and get back onto the tar on the Western Highway that runs from Belmopan, the capital, to Belize City on the coast and then on up to the northern border with Mexico. One can stay on the tar and rather drive via Belmopan but this totals about 100 kms and would probably take as long.
... which was quite good. It consisted mostly of photos from Ernesto Guevara Lynch's childhood and through his years as a medical student, then later as a guerrilla. It was interesting to find out from one of our tour group that Che Guevara's mother was originally from Galway, Ireland. Although short on information about Che's childhood in Argentina, it was nice to see some early photographs of the person who was to become a hero in Cuba.
We then ...
... admittedly Fidel was off somewhere else on another attack).
Back in the city centre, we took in a local band and were awed by the Cubans dancing as everyone we saw seemed unable to resist getting up to shake their stuff, as well as the clash between cultures as the bar next door refused to turn down its thumping pop music, much to the consternation of our band.
Santa Clara was a gorgeous little city, seemingly full of non-stop events. ...
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