|8 and 9 February
The hotel would have been a very interesting building to visit – old colonial style with verandas on the first floor overlooking the ground and our rooms were off the landing – a bit like cells. Inside they were quite small and the foam mattress and lots of noise coming up from the ground floor where the bar and restaurant were did not make it an easy overnight.
Apparently this is the best on offer with 10 + bedrooms.
The town is quite pretty and being painted rapidly in order to be ready for its 500 year anniversary. Gracious colonial buildings have been renovated and coloured in an assortment of pastels. We then returned to our bus to travel to Trinidad and a lunch stop in Sancti Spiritus where I opted to look around the town instead. I found a market with rather meagre produce and the national anthem written up on the wall with some political slogans. I think I was the only person to notice them!
We made several stops near to Trinidad; one to see a tower which had its little story associated – but more meaningfully had been used to oversee that the slaves were working and not sleeping.
Outside was a little market of beautiful handmade tablecloths and suchlike – I think nobody bothered to climb the tower in the heat.
Our next stop was a pottery – this area makes a lot of tiles and bricks for the construction industry as it has a lot of clay. The pottery was interesting with some nice things to buy but too big or fragile. Some things, even art here, is too brightly coloured for our tastes, but the workmanship was to be admired.
Then we got into Trinidad proper – a lovely little colonial town with cobbled streets that reminds me of Parati in Brazil. We had a quick orientation and planned for tomorrow before gathering at the local ‘fixer’ for Exodus – he has a huge casa (B&B) and runs a very good restaurant. Here we had a fresh lemonade before being given the names of the family B&B’s where we would be staying. I am in a house with another couple from Leeds whom I get along with well. The family lives next door so I have the ground floor bedroom and bathroom, next to the kitchen and Janet and Peter are more apart being upstairs. It is not as nice as the B&B I had in Vinales but there is a roof garden with loungers and a hammock.
Dinner was back at Alberto the fixer’s – excellent food and a real effort was made to give me a delicious vegetarian dish, beautifully laid out on the plate. So, with two caipirinhas (forgot to tell you that my favourite Brazilian tipple is readily available in Cuba) inside me I hope to sleep on the lumpy mattress which is my bed for two nights.