Fish barms and Fish stings
Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
371Trip End Feb 26, 2011
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With a Cuban family
We pretty much staggered into the street outside and headed off towards town in an attempt to spend some ordinary Cuban Peso, get some very cheap food to soak up the wretched alcohol still in our systems, well I did at least, I feed a hangover Erica starves one. The local food shops are ridiculously cheap, I started with a fish barm cake, which to my mind is a delicacy only really served in the Northwest of England however in Cuba they do them for 5 ordinary peso or 10 pence, they are prepared on big trays and left on windowsills or handed to you from behind metal bars like a prison
We then spent about 45 minutes looking for internet which took us into some of the posh hotels which to be frank were amazing, so colonial and well kept but then again so expensive, our contact had told us a lot of the ordinary Cuban people have got big issues with tourism as the government is making so much money from this yet they get to see so little of the money, hence why locals are loitering outside trying to flog cigars and whatever else. Anyway we found Cuba to be internet free although we did see signs of computers in some places and we have met people who are so proud of the fact they have there own computer (and they must have internet of some sort for us to have been able to contact them from Colombia).
After another walk around which was eye opening yet again, the cars here are totally amazing, that they are still running and how iconic they are, a lot of cabs are old American cadillacs that will take you around town for about 10 peso. Also we had a closer look at the shops which are unmistakably Communist, they are extremely sparse and everything is behind a counter, like decades ago at home it is a bit eerie really, we headed again for the beach and trying to top up the tan before we head back to cold and sunless Salford. We found a quiet spot on the beach and just chilled for a few hours, oh yes forgot to say we couldnt go in the sea because there were so many amazing jellyfish, they were being washed up on the shore however it remained our favourite game to watch the tourists go past the red flags into the sea and start swimming before getting stung all over and screaming running back to shore. Of course it isnt all fun watching them geting stung, you have to go through the process of approaching them and offering to urinate on them..... well that is the factual cure for jellfish stings is it not!
We got back from the beach and to our amazement our host had cooked us tea, it was very simple just pasta and cheese, we were a bit ashamed to accept as the fridge and cupboards are almost bare everyday, but she wasnt taking no for an answer it was simple but good and we are here to experience life from a Cuban perspective as well
Finally an early night and we are not drunk, I'll tell you something though we are thoroughly enjoying our time here and the Cubans continue to climb northwards on our scale of our favourite national people of the trip. They are so genuinely friendly that it is amazing, Im not talking about the ones who want to sell something either, we have so many presents that we have tried to not accept but it feels so rude to say no - even the head totches that we have given the little boy who lives here have become the favorite toy for the moment - the fact that it flashes amazes him. We have really been searching out bags for anything that would constitute a good gift for them even Sindy that we bought in Chile and has travelled thousands of kilometres with us has found a new home! From the Salt Flats to Havana - what a well travelled doll.