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Cuba - Part 3: Trinidad

Cuba's Museum city

The trip to Trinidad was indeed a lot different from the "camión experience". The main difference wasn't the comfort though, it was the percentage of tourists. Germans, Americans, Spanish, etc. It seams that everywhere you go in the world you'll find them. So I started chatting with an American lady and learning about her trip (and how "complicated" it can be for a US citizen to visit Cuba). The trip took about 11 hours (the Viazul bus is both slower and stops more often than the camión) and we arrived into Trinidad, a small city near the sea, in the southern coast of Cuba.

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For the first time during my visit to Cuba, it rained. And it really rained. First, it was really hot, so I decided that it was a good idea to go to the beach (Playa Ancón). But while I was waiting for the bus to arrive, the rain started. So, waiting there in the pouring rain I was almost reconsidering about going to the beach anymore. But then I thought "if it's raining, it won't hurt to be at beach". So I just went there and I think it was the best idea I had. The cloud still hadn't come there, so it was sunny when I arrived. The beach, simply amazing and the sea water hot. So I spent the afternoon there and almost 90% of the time inside the water (also because it started raining at the beach too, so I preferred to stay warm inside the water).
At the end of the afternoon, I went back to Trinidad (30 mins by bus). I ate dinner at a nice restaurant, where the owner spoke many languages (a rare thing in Cuba) and was entertaining the guests telling the story of how he opened his restaurant.

Next day: beach again. Playa Ancón had impressed me so I was ready to go back.

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The beach was excellent yet again. So were the mini mosquitoes that came to attack all the turists that were waiting for the bus afterwards. The sun was setting beautifully, but the mosquitoes were not nice at all. Finally the bus came and we managed to "escape".

That night was Valentine's night and all the restaurants seemed to be filled with couples enjoying that special evening. I met my American friend from the bus and we decided to go eat dinner together, but it wasn't that easy to find a cheap and good place. Finally, we found a spot were the food was good as was the music. And we didn't pay much.

The owner of the casa particular that I was staying in Trinidad was a taxi driver, so he had arranged a shared taxi for me next day to Havana. It was another good way of traveling as the price was the same as Viazul and it was faster and more comfortable. We arrived in Havana 4 hours later.

I enjoyed returning to Havana. At that time I was already a bit more "cuban" than on my first stay. I new more places and more people. I'd decided to go to the Book Fair, a good call. I took a full public bus there (the public busses in Havana always travel full and cost 0.01€). The Book Fair in Havana takes place once a year inside the two fortresses on the east shore of the bay. The crowd was really big, but I could see one of the main events for Cubans.

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It was may last day in Havana and next day was time to go home. So, after I got back from the fair, I enjoyed a nice dinner on a fancy touristy restaurant and finally tasted "Ropa Vieja" (shredded beef - one of the most typical cuban recipes).
Next day it was time to get back home. I got to the airport early (I took a bus to Santiago de Las Vegas and a taxi from there - a much cheaper option).
The flight was not as comfortable as the inbound one, but at least it was faster.

I wish I had more time to visit this big country where people are so warm. Hope to get back there one day :)

Posted by danics 09:39

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