Victor & Joanne's Cuban Adventure travel blog

February 11 - Vinales to Trinidad

What a difference a day makes. Leaving the cold & windy climate of Vinales brings us to the warmth of Trinidad, but not until 6 long hours on a cramped mini bus with a passenger that got quite car sick.

The city of Trinidad is lovely. But the big surprise was the wonderful casa particular we were referred to. The first one (written up in Lonely Planet) was booked up and we were quite wary about going to another after the referral in Vinales didn't quite live up to our lowest expectations. However, this one is quite lovely. Everything anyone would want in a casa. Our own private sitting room and dining area, plus a balcony in front and another terrace we can access from the back of our room and up a set of stairs that provides a lovely view of the city, hills and even the distant waters of the Caribbean. We just can't believe our luck! Add to that the charming hosts; a younger woman Maya, in her thirties who speaks English, and her husband Fernando who speaks only Spanish.

We had a chance to arrange a dinner time with them at 7:30 which was rice with pork, hamburger patties, with pickled beets, salad of cabbage, cucumbers, tomatoes and bread. A fruit plate and juice.Then off we went to explore the city for our evening prospects. Plenty of musicians everywhere and the usual pesty hucksters selling cigars, restaurants, necklaces or rides.

The scouting trip gave us some direct routes to a music and dance club that was clearly a favourite with locals and tourists alike. A parade of bands took their turn every half hour or so with a mix of traditional Cuban, jazz and latin fusion. Dancing was primarily salsa, rhumba and cha cha with some locals offering to show the visitors how to cut up the floor with some flair. It was a treat to watch the dancers as much as it was to listen to the incredible Cuban Son with the syncopated rhythms that leave us in awe with their tight timing.

The music is just getting into the full swing around 9:30pm when we decide we need to get some rest after the long day and we head home in the now sinking temperature that has us shivering home.

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