Trip Start May 01, 2008
Trip End May 11, 2008

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El Bolo Y Tahiri

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Sunday, May 4, 2008

We started our day off a bit later after our night out with Kara and Leigh.  We had breakfast at the casa which consisted of fresh mango juice, papaya and eggs.  We took a leisurely stroll through the plaza and ran into lots of touts who were significantly less intimidating in the daylight.  At first we kindof got the impression that they were trying to scam us, but I think they´re just trying to avoid the government more than anything - it comes off a little dodgy. 

We had some good espresso at the internet cafe and then took a meander through the museums.  The Museo de la Lucha Contra Bandidos was particularly worthwhile as it focused on the revolution and the consolidation of the revolution and counter-revolutionary activity.  We had lunch at El Jique - it was NOT delicious and was over-priced.  The afternoon was extremely warm so we had to go back to the casa and siesta.  After a short repose we walked up the hill to the church Ermita de Nuestra Senora.  It´s ruins of a church and was a lovely walk and provided a nice view of the city. 

We met up with Leigh and Kara for dinner in the main square.  We thought we´d try one of the state-run restaurants, but it didn´t seem very good so we followed one of the touts to an illegal casa particular.  (Close to Pablo Pichs Giron / Frank Pais).  It was in a beautiful courtyard in the back of someone´s house, and setting the whole scene was one of the biggest Ceiba trees I´ve ever seen - it must have been at least three hundred years old.  The food was delicious and we had a good time.  The only problem was at the end our waiter insisted that he´d quoted us a price of 7CUC for the fish when we were quite sure he´d said 6CUC.  Unfortunately, that meant that he didn´t get a tip.  After dinner we went for drinks at the Plaza de la Musica.  It´s a big open square set up on steps beside the church with live music.  It was a great day!
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