Beautiful fish.. and Deutschlaaaand!!

Trip Start May 19, 2010
Trip End Jul 27, 2010

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Friday, July 2, 2010

2nd July - Departure day to
Cienfuegos. It is so hot!! And humit! Just like DC. I had one last walk around
town before I took my first legit salsa lesson. 'You need to relax. Your feet
are yours, your hands are mine. You need to feel the music, it is just like
sex. Just count. Move your hips more. Count 1-2-3. Hips!' Woah! It is actually
pretty difficult but I loved every minute of it and am now a strong believer
that I am a much better dancer than before.

The trip was not very long so when I
arrived in the beautiful casa particular in Cienfuegos I started to walk around
the city and listened to a band that was playing in the street. I sat down on a
thing that looked like a normal clock to me but when someone next to me told me
in Spanish that the police would not like seeing me sit on it I got up quickly.
The person that told me this actually thought that I was from Cuba (there are
lots of people with different skin colours in Cuba so not too far fetched) but
when I told him I was a tourist and this was my first day in Cienfuegos he
asked me if I would like him to show me the city. A new friend already! J As he cannot speak English or German we had to communicate in
Spanish but it was actually not that bad especially when I found out that he is
a baker and makes bread and wedding cakes haha He was impressed when I told him
that I made one wedding cake too once.

Anyways, Cienfuegos is much smaller than
Trinidad but it is pretty cute and the largest building there would have to be
the baseball stadium, which is falling apart a little. Apart from that this
city is strongly influenced by French settlers and therefore has a very
structured build-up as well as its own arc de triumph and many European looking
buildings in the city center. It is also famous for many different kinds of
music and so you could listen to another band in the street (and watch all the
Cubans dance plus do some dry humping - seriously just like in the States only
with more rhythm). They have rumba, salsa meringue, techno, English music, etc.
You can hear all different kinds of music when you walk by the houses which all
have their doors open because it is so hot here! Also what is very common in
Cuba and also in Cienfuegos is that people are out on the streets all day or
sitting close to their window to look out. In every city I have seen babies in
their diapers standing at the doors looking outside or somehow dancing to the
music that is played in the background.

3rd July - Germany wins 4-0 vs
Argentina!!! I watched the game with my new friend from yesterday in a beach
bar with about 5 Germans and Brazilians cheering for Germany just because they
want Argentina to loose too. And then you have the other 100 Argentine fans
screaming through pretty much the whole first half and beginning of the second
half because Argentina had so many choices. As we probably all know what
happened in the game I do not have to go into detail but whenever we scored it
was such an amazing atmosphere because all the Brazilians were screaming ole
ole Argentina se fue... and at the end of it was the best picture of all!! One of
the Brazilians picked flours and placed them one after the other on a Argentine
fan's head slowly hahaha I took a picture and will upload it as soon as I can!
So funny!

Afterwards we went to the beach called
Rancho Luna close by, by a bus that is only used by Cubans. And it is normal
here that it is boiling hot in the bus and that the bus driver just randomly
stops the bus, gets out, stands in the shade to cool off, smokes a cigarette
and then gets back in to continue the drive. Mind you this is a normal city bus
that I think is supposed to run on a schedule lol

At the beach we went snorkeling! And there
was also a small private beach too which was quite painful to get in because
there were so many rocks but anyways - I finally saw fish and a coral reef!! It
was so awesome because first of all we sat down at the huge rock formation
about 100 meters away from the beach just to get ready to go look for fish. So
sweet! And the first ones we saw was really scary because it was not just one
it was a swarm of many which at first sight looked like a huge fish/shark. Not
a pleasant sight but then we saw blue, yellow, and green ones and a few Seeigel
(prickly round things at the bottom of the ocean, which move on your hand) We
were only able to go out for an hour and that must have been the fastest hour
ever because we basically had to swim back right away. Also this was the first
time that I got sunburned because I truly underestimated the strength of the
sun when you swim in the water with your back up. But I wanted to go back so
bad because it was so pretty and peaceful and not scary at all as I had always

We went back and this time the bus driver
took even more time so that more people got out of the bus before we could
depart. The sight on the other hand made up for it again because we drove by a
lot of mango trees, which I find absolutely fascinating. Lastly I had good
timing with going to Cienfuegos because they were celebrating the end of the
summer or the beginning or something and so there were concerts at the bars and
stages at the Malecon (the street along the beach) where we stayed until 4am!
People here do not sleep. Nor do they stop dancing. And once again this town is
not touristy and at that point I started to believe that suddenly there was
actually nobody anymore that resembled me a little because everywhere you look
people move absolutely naturally to the music and in an intimidating fashion.
But once again - when the English music came on I felt totally in my element
again, as well as salsa of course lol
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