Salsa Under the Stars

Trip Start Apr 13, 2011
Trip End Apr 20, 2011

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Most memorable moments in Trinidad:

- Taking salsa dancing lessons in the living room of a teacher's typical Cuban home while Grandma watched from her rocking chair in the next room.No iPods or even CDs here - the Afro-Cuban beats were queued up on an old-fashioned record player and crackled out through one worn wooden speaker.

- Trying out those newly learned steps to the beat of a live band on cobblestones under the stars at the Casa de la Musica, wishing I could move like the locals young and old showing off their sultry stuff on the rough outdoor dance "floor"

- Sharing a moment with an old veteran of the Revolucion, who proudly showed me his military medal and some tattered black and white photos of himself and his comrades in uniform. His eyes shone as he pointed to the photo and back to himself, to be sure I knew the young man was him.
- Wandering the hilly streets in the evening and seeing the water truck make its deliveries while noticing that the TV in every single home was playing the same soap opera with various family members gathered around. It explained why the streets were so quiet for that hour, much like they would be during the final period of a Stanley Cup hockey game at home. And the water truck? This nightly delivery system was established to make up for the lack of a reliable city water supply. One of the many infrastructure problems Cubans face daily.

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