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Feb 12, 2010 - Trinidad

February 12 - On Hold In Trinidad Whatever bug hit Joanne Thursday night has basically put her out of commission.Today, other than getting up to go for a walk and admire our host's beautiful 1956 Chevy, and another venture out to the Parque Cespedes, Joanne has stayed in with no energy, but improving. Those of us who have had this condition know it takes at least a day or two to begin feeling normal. Since Joanne has been out of commission, Victor has had a great deal of opportunity to speak to the locals and walk around to learn things...

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Feb 11, 2010 - Vinales to Trinidad

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...

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Jun 24, 2009 - Sea, horses, and the square

Woken by Abel telling us we were late – but we were never told a time! Group all there waiting. Jesus made us sandwiches to take and we to the bus and off to the beach at an old hotel. We had planned to do some snorkeling but the surf was too high. A beautiful beach but very hot. Ella did some stretching and I took a walk down the beach. Ella gives a massage to Elaine and I buy a bunch of pizzas and fresh pineapple – haggle a bit. Eat mine and give Ella some but she said I didn’t understand what she was doing and threw it away. Not the best...

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Cuba and rum

Jun 23, 2009 - Hike and jump

Up and breakfast. Ella wasn’t feeling well so she stayed at the house. I head out with the group for a bus ride and a 3.6 km walk to a waterfall past a reconstructed peasant’s house. Hot but not too bad. Waterfall actually a cascade. I jumped in at the base from two meters up – then from five meters into a deep pool at the base. Quite the leap! A small cave near the waterfall had a muddy beach and bats on the ceiling. Back up to the jump and jump with Timika who would not do it alone (she couldn’t swim). Helped her back to shore where we...

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Cuba and rum

Jun 22, 2009 - Music and lost

Up at 7:30 and some packing then breakfast – fruit, coffee (tea for me) made from hot milk and a shot of very strong coffee – omelet as well. Goodbye to our hosts was hard – had a great time with Roberto. We met with the group and got on the bus to go to the armored train display. Very nice. Original site. There was a school graduation going on and people were making speeches. The original tractor that was used to block the tracks was still on display as were many of the original train cars that were in the wreck. Then off to a cigar...

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May 13, 2009 - Thoughts on Cuba

Poco has given Elaine permission to write this entry – thoughts on Cuba A couple of things had happened earlier in the trip that really weren’t worth mentioning. First, Cory broke the arm off of his glasses in Guatemala. Fortunately we had brought along his old pair, which functioned as an acceptable substitute. Secondly one of his Keen sandals was coming apart at the seams. As we are traveling with just our Keens - sandals and hikers, plus flip flops for Elaine and water shoes for Cory, this was a bit of a concern although not really a...

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Mar 24, 2009 - Cuba - the land that time (almost) forgot

After spending a few days acclimatizing to Habana, we travelled west by bus to the Valley of Vinales. Vinales is a village of about 12000 people, most of whom make their living from Tobacco farming. Much of the area was severely damaged by the recent hurricane season, and everyone is in the process of rebuilding. We stayed in a Casa run by a lovely extended family - Janet and Alexander, their toddler (the vivacious and slightly wilful Sabrina!) and Janet's´parents. There is not a lot of English spoken outside Habana, so our Spanish improved...

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Aug 12, 2008 - Trinidad

A four day stay in this picturesque (and consequently touristy) town. Trinidad is a UNESCO world heritage site and boasts many beautiful colonial buildings on it´s cobbled streets, associated with the wealth generated by slave labour on the sugar cane plantations which once littered the area in the nearby Vallee de los Ingenios. During our stay we took a trip to the Sierra del Escambray mountains which has great limestone scenery including an impressive waterfall with natural swimming pool - wonderfully refreshing after a hike in scorching...

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Jan 13, 2008 - Cuba - Trinidad

What a colourful, friendly, lively little town! I was lucky to be in Trinidad when it was the annual Semana de la Cultura (Week of Culture). Every night the entire town would gather in the old town square to watch concerts of Afro-Cuban and Spanish Cuban musicians, singers and dancers, young and old, as well as comedians. Then afterwards the locals and tourists would dance salsa and reggaeton at street parties until dawn. I made lots of friends in Trinidad, both locals and tourists, whom I hope I can visit and see again one day. I had such...

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Aug 13, 2007 - Trinidad

Monday 13th August 2007 So it was an early taxi to the bus station where I saw the best sunrise I have ever seen...maybe that's because I have only seen about four but it was still really good. Slept most of the way to Trinidad so we were both a little underprepared and overwhelmed by the welcoming committee of Casa Particular touts when we arrived. They were all held back behind a rope but that didn't help once you went through yourself. Going with a barge on through approach didn't seem to work as they were clearly very experienced at...

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Jul 2, 2007 - Trinidad

We travelled from SdC via our own mini bus and arrived safely after four hours of negotiating pot holes in the road. On the way we stopped at a historic sugar mill. There was not much remaining of the mill apart from the main house and the slave quarters but it was still an interesting stop over. Trinidad is quite close to the shore so it is well known for its vast beaches. I took a ride in a coco taxi to the beach which is about 12ks from where I am staying in town. The coco taxi was an experience I will always remember. Photos will tell...

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Pammy in Cuba

Apr 5, 2007 - trinidad

next stop trinidad... or more specifically where we stayed.. Playa Boca.. now I was back!! beach beach and more beach... we stayed at a great casa, although my limited spanish had thought I had negotiated a dinner for $4, however, that was for the breakfast and dinner was $9... oh well it was still wicked and worth all of it.. we did some more snorkelling at playa boca and checked out trinidad... it was really nice and I for the first time felt like I was really on holidays... swimming during the day, reading, eating, swimming, drinking,...

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