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Travel Blogs from Xcalak
... the alley, with rhumba and rapping and people going to town. We then ended up at his mother’s place as it was Mother’s Day (which is a big deal there, they call it “Happy Birthday of Mama!” and lots of people could be seen on the streets carrying their Mother’s Day cakes) – and his sister and niece broke out into the best mother-daughter karaoke duet ever, full-on Spanish Celine Dion at work here. Then it was off to a promenade with beautiful ...
... br> - these country houses did not have glass windows, instead simple shutters that are opened and closed as needed.
- when the TV was switched on, there appeared to be about 20 people watching it. If there was no seat for them, they watched standing up or by leaning through the windows. Perhaps some villages only had one or two TVs and the whole community was watching!
Many houses did not appear to have electricity, as you could see the candles flickering.
... through. With a set menu for the equivalent of $12, we had a wonderful meal, then an elderly gentleman sat down with his guitar and played many popular tunes (that we old-timers recognised) , as well as the local 'son' style Cuban music. The gentleman also sang some of his own compositions, which were translated by our tour guide. It was a lovely evening, and of course, the highlight was the music, as usual.
... a mile off!!!! We set off down Calle 23, which is one of the main streets in this part of the city, arriving back at the Melecon. We then walked along the promenade towards the lighthouse and to Prado, where our hotel is situated. Tis area is now under reconstruction in an attempt to recreate the original buildings. for many of them, it will be a challenge, as they are so neglected and decayed that it would take a lot of money to ...
... in the morning sky. There is something about meandering through mangroves in the early morning light, at a speed too fast to get feasted on by mosquitoes, that stamps an everlasting image in my mental rolodex.
Turns out, our captain loves Xcalak and has a few friends there. One who served as our "taxi driver", think adorable old man who was eating his breakfast in a beat up old plastic chair in front of his house. He was ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking