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May 5, 2017 - Trinidad

About 7:30, Pete decided we should go out for a quick walk before getting into things for the day. We walked to the tourist office as it opens at 8, got our map and some information about buses to Cienfuegos for tomorrow. I also asked about tours and was told for a tour today, we needed to organise it yesterday. So much for that idea. We went to the bus station as directed and then went looking for the alternate bus operator to see what times and how much for them. On the walk there, we decided to take the bus from the bus station as it's...

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May 4, 2017 - Havana to Trinidad

Up early and made sure I allowed enough time to get to the bank to change some money and the hotel a few doors down to buy some internet cards. One ticked off...internet cards bought. Was at the door of the bank about 8:25 ready for 8:30 opening expecting to be one of the first there and found 8 people were there before me. Damn! Thought this would be a quick exercise. Two ladies went up first and both appeared to be doing commercial banking so we were waiting, waiting, waiting. I then realised I hadn't taken my passport so quick run back...

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Apr 23, 2017 - Trinidad to Havana

Trinidad to Havana An early start this morning due to a long 370 km trip. We left Trinidad with a light rain falling. This was the first rainy morning since arriving in Cuba - usually it started raining at about 2pm. After an hour or so we drove to a restored Hacienda belonging to a sugar plantation owner. This was located in the 'sugar valley' as it was known when Trinidad was a major export port for the product. Apparently up to 11,000 slaves were used to sow, harvest and process the sugar. In the grounds there stood an impressive tower...

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Mar 1, 2017 - Trinidad

We woke up at 6am to the sound of a band rehearsing in the plaza outside our hotel. There's some sort of holiday next week they were preparing for. This sound was no more welcome than the early morning church bells and calls to prayer that we've endured at other locations around the world. What time you wake up should be your business. We've also heard what sounded to our American minds like gunshots in the evening. Turns out they were fireworks shot off because Cubans love shooting off fireworks whenever they're in the mood. On the...

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Jul 23, 2016 - Trinidad

On Day 6 we headed to Trinidad. It is also a World Heritage City and was founded in 1514. Trinidad is cobble stoned and quaint. It really has an old world charm about it. We did a city walking tour and peeked into a Catholic Church service in the center of town. I don't equate a strong religious presence with communism but religion is alive and well in Cuba. We continued on to an all inclusive beach resort to spend the night. Americans are not supposed to go the beach when in Cuba, we are only supposed to visit Cuba using one of the twelve...

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Cuba Adventure 2016

Feb 8, 2014 - camaguey overnight and Trinidad via S. Spiritus

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....

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Feb 19, 2013 - La Boca Snorkleing

I am sitting out on our porch a little after 7 in the morning. Our wonderful hostess, Mallan just brought me cup of strong coffee. Living in a village we have adapted to the rhythms of the people here. By 7 am or so we hear the sounds of the town waking up - roosters, dogs, music, little children getting ready for school, people calling out to each other. At night it is pretty quiet. None of us are party people so after dinner we read, write & choose pictures for this blog and play cribbage. Peggy Well, it is now 12 hours later and I am...

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21 Degrees North

Feb 14, 2013 - Ancon (The beach)

La Playa Ancon – white sandy beach, thatched beach umbrellas, water just cool enough to be refreshing, a tropical breeze fluttering – it all came together today for a wonderfully lazy relaxing time. We even arrived at the beach in style in a 1950 Chevrolet Torpedo in a lovely mint green color. The car was green, not the passengers. Later we stopped at a wonderfully local bar on the beach for 50 cent beers an wonderfully fresh fish and chicken plates, accompanied by crispy fried banana slices which were I kid you not better than french...

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Feb 12, 2013 - La Boca

February 11, 2013 Made it to La Boca, outside of Trinadad, where we plan to spend time lazing on the beach, snorkeling, and drinking rum (only because the water is not to be trusted). The bus from Habana to Trinidad took 5 ½ hours, which is difficult to fathom when one looks at a map of Cuba. My pedometer, which will hereafter be referred to as “The Precious”, is misbehaving – on the bus ride over, it somehow decided that I took over 2000 stairsteps and 18,000 steps. Granted, the bus ride was a bit rocky, perhaps it was thinking I was...

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Feb 15, 2010 - Trinidad

February 15 – Trinidad Joanne's fever broke during the night and she woke up with an appetite! What a way to lose a few pounsd! The antibiotics and other medications have worked wonders. We will take it easy today with a relaxing stroll through town and a taxi to the beach. After three days of fever and zero appetite or energy, it will be good to be out and about together. We may update again tomorrow before leaving for Santa Clara. The taxi to the beach (8CUC one way) takes us the 11 or so kilometers along a totally unmarked two lane road....

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Feb 14, 2010 - Trinidad

February 14 - Trinidad This morning finds Joanne imagining she has some energy and we ask our hostess for some french toast, mango and orange juice. Victor adds coffee to the menu and watches as Joanne valiantly attempts to eat all. The energy is still not there and she finishes a portion of it and retires to rest in bed yet again. Our hopes to visit the nearby beach (11km away) of Trinidad is in jeopardy. Our hosts have touted it as rivaling that of Varadero with less tourists and we are anxious to visit, but for now we will just have to...

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Feb 13, 2010 - Trinidad

February 13 - Trinidad Joanne's improvement is taking longer than expected and the rice and beans she had hoped to enjoy last night turns out to be a piece of bread and an early bed. Victor ventured out solo again to chat with our hosts and wander into town for a bite to eat and a chance to listen to some music. The prospect of spaghetti brought Victor to a Pizza Restaurant that promised some spaghetti con salsicha (sausage). Turns out they are out of sausage and they substituted ham. Not exactly what was hoped for, but it will have to do....

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