Trip Start Dec 12, 2007
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Where I stayed
In the night we bought a 1L bottle of scotch for only 4.50 CUC ($3.80 AUD) and came back to our casa for drinks and play some more chess. Theres a guy living here in one of the Casa´s that looks like Cuba Gooding Jnr (which is funny as we are in Cuba). He said he wasnt good at chess, but when he played he kicked our ass
The 4.45am alarm of a hundred Roosters marking their territory sounds once again and I awake. As usual, we waltzed in to eat our huge breakfast and then retired to our rooms in an attempt to digest the food. After digesting enough to walk, we headed off once more and commenced our 6km walk up a mountain to another resort called Hotel los Jazmines to admire its stunning view of the surrounding area. Once more, the locals making use of the busloads of fat tourists that appear on a regular basis here, by selling them fake and overpriced merchandise. We sat by and laughed, as the tourists wouldnt know the wiser, haha. From here the sun shinned irregulary through the blue patches in the sky amoungst the scattered clouds. The valley constantly being lit up by the suns rays extended far to the horizon, bringing to life the huge pillars that tower the tobaco leaf fields. I had to take 3 photos of the scenery to fit it all in, as ill stitch the photos together later
The long walk back through the winding road over the mountain was a little tedius due to sunburn, but i developed a way to wear my shirt on my head to let the breeze pass over my body, but still keep me in shade. Fatigued through we rested once more in the town square where we watched life go by once more for a few hours in which seemed to go by just as slow. Dinner was fish and the usual 5kg of fruit and other food, that we consumed like starving children. Its now become apparent joke with me and the Grandma of the family that I have to wear a bib, due to my incompitance with pooring things, haha! She happy and always singing this lady - its great!
On the 12th, I woke up in my usual manner with the Roosters making their prescents known in the world. The usual procedure for the morning kicked on and passed without hitch. We have now put on all the weight that we lost starving in Havana. The morning sun slowly moves across our porch until I have no more shade to retreat back into, signifying its time to head out exploring again. Today we were advised to visit Dos Hermanas, which is ´two sisters´in Inglis. The walk was long and hot, but thanks to me wearing my shirt on my head it made it easier
This is our last night with our familie(s), we bought a bottle of rum and vodka for them that 3 of us devoured ovr a few games of billiards, in which the rum was uncannilly helping me this time, as I nearly remained flawless. After we went to the town square that got transformed into la fiesta at night, before retiring to bed.
the 13th came, and I awake to the roosters without failure
At the bus station, we were again plugged back into the travel stream, meeting a few Aussies, that was a nice change as we havn´t meat many on this trip. A girl from Adelaide, Blackwood actually!! haha, so close to home! We immediately all discussed and agreed on how good Farmers Union Iced Coffee is back home and complained how much we miss it... (You´ll only know the feeling if your South Australian).
For me Cuba has been alot of things. At first I was emotionally distracted as I did not like the thought of being stuck in Cuba with no food, and no exit ticket. The experience soon changed very dramatically, especially once living life in the Cuban Mountains. To me Cuba has so much to offer and the ability to change ones perspective if you have the guts to let go of the rails and let it take you. For me the people have been nothing but supportive, friendly and open. Life here is void of any capatalist influence, which is a refreshing change. The environment in the majority of the country is unspoiled and can light up your eyes when viewing its beauty.