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  • Day12

    Badespaß am Playa Ancón

    February 17, 2020 in Cuba ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Heute war unser zweiter und vermutlich letzter Strandtag in Kuba 🏖🌅 Ein bisschen Ruhe brauchen wir beide nach all diesen aufregenden Tagen, auch weil wir uns beide seit etwa einer Woche mit einer hartnäckigen Erkältung herumärgern die uns nachts, dank der Hustenanfälle, wachhält.. ich sag nur CORONA!
    Frühstück gab es mal wieder in der Casa, es gab sogar Butter und Cornflakes und so eine Art flache Teigfladen - Pancakes? Das ist neu! Aber leider keine Milch.
    Eigentlich wollten wir dann mit dem Rad zum etwa 15 km entfernten Strand fahren, die waren aber aus. Deswegen entschieden wir uns dann für die "Luxusvariante" und fuhren für je 10 CUC mit dem Taxi.
    Der Strand war diesmal deutlich voller und touristischer als der letzte und das Wasser leider recht algig. Trotzdem hatten wir einen super entspannten Tag und konnten die blasengeschundenen Füße mal ausruhen. Pünktlich zum Sonnenuntergang ging es dann zurück nach Trinidad. Heute ist unser letzter Abend, den verbringen wir entspannt auf der Dachterasse unserer Casa und lassen das uns umgebende Stadtgewimmel mit den vielen Gerüchen und Geräuschen auf uns wirken 😌🌌
    Zum Abendbrot gibt es ein echtes Sparhighlight: staubtrockenes, pappiges und nicht sättigendes Baguette mit insgesamt unter uns aufzuteileneden 2 Scheiben Käse und 4 kleinen Hotelbutterpackungen sowie 4 Tomatenscheiben und 1 ungebießbaren Boulette 😂 wir müssen die ganze Zeit über die absurde Situation lachen, sehen es aber auch nicht ein, woanders was essen zu gehen - eindeutig zuviel Sonne hier in Kuba (schickt Essen!!!)
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  • Day581

    Auf den Spuren des Zuckers - Trinidad

    February 20, 2019 in Cuba ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Wir reisen durch die Zeit. 505 Jahre zurück in das süße Städtchen Trinidad. Pferdegetrabe auf holprigem Kopfsteinpflaster bildet die Geräuschkulisse; sonnengelbe Herrenhäuser und grünbewachsene Innenhöfe den Augenschmaus.

    Die für den Zuckerrohranbau und damit auch für die zahlreichen Arbeitssklaven aus Afrika, bekannte Stadt bietet vor allem das, viel Geschichte. Gegessen wird im alten, ehemaligen Gefängnis, besichtigt wird der Sklaventurm und gefeiert wird in einer urigen Höhlendisko.

    Leider muss Papa ein paar Gänge runterschalten. Nierensteine im Urlaub braucht man nun wirklich nicht ausprobieren. Aber so konnten wir uns auchmal davon überzeugen, dass die kubanische Krankenversorgung top ist.

    Quick fact:

    Kubaner und Touristen sollen sich, wenn es nach der kubanischen Polizei geht, besser nicht anfreunden. So baten mich meine neuen kubanischen Bekannten, die Disco mit Abstand zu ihnen zu verlassen, damit sie keinen Ärger bekommen. Danach konnte man sich wieder mischen. "Immer winken und lächeln" das Credo der hiesigen Jugend bei allgegenwärtiger Staatskontrolle.
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  • Day11

    Cienfuegos to Trinidad

    March 12, 2020 in Cuba ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

    After our two nights at the Hotel Jagua, it was time to move on to the next leg of our Cuban Adventure. Since the minibars in the rooms had never been stocked, we had none of the inquisition process that had delayed our departure from the Hotel Nacional de Cuba. Our bags were quickly bundled into the waiting bus and we were on our way.

    The plan was to transfer by bus to the outskirts of Cienfuegos so that we would not have to battle our way through the busy morning traffic. It was a great idea. A short time later we were ready to begin the day’s ride. In normal conditions 60 km might not sound like a challenging day’s ride, but the combination of regular undulations, high temperatures and even higher humidity makes riding rather taxing. In the afternoon the hot tropical sun really seems to burn right into the centre of your body. The very best time for any sort of energetic activity is in the cooler morning. After lunch the riding is much harder.

    To my relief the condition of the road was quite good. The potholes that we had battled a couple of days ago were replaced with long sections of smooth bitumen. It is quite amazing how much quicker progress you can make when the surface is smoother. One thing that has surprised us all is the number of horse drawn vehicles we see, especially when we get into the rural areas. The only vehicles we saw all day were the occasional truck, a few buses, numerous old 1940s cars and dozens of horse drawn carts. One cart even had a “spare engine” following along behind, presumably ready to take over when the first engine ran out of energy.

    After stopping for lunch at a thatched roof roadhouse, we continued to the outskirts of Trinidad. By that time the heat had really started to tax everyone’s stamina. I managed to survive by pouring water down the front of my jersey and relying on evaporative cooling to keep my temperature under control. It did make a difference, but I was very happy to finish the ride and climb inside the bus for the final couple of km to Trinidad.

    For the next three nights we will be staying in the Casas Particulaires that Cuba is famous for. These are private homes that have been converted to bed and breakfast accommodations for travellers. We had been told that the hospitality of the hosts is amazing, and now we were about to find out for ourselves if it was true.

    The process began when we assembled at the central Casa while the bargaining for rooms went on between our guide and the casa owners. After about 30 mins they apparently reached agreement. We were then lined up and allocated one by one to the line of waiting hosts. It was just like those dreadful days in primary school when they picked the school teams. I was sure that I was always picked last, when there were no other genuine sporty types left to pick.

    I was allocated with Janna and Linda to a nearby casa. We followed Jenny (our hostess) trying our best to carefully watch which way we were walking. In these narrow streets every doorway looks the same and it would be so easy to get completely lost. The thought of spending hours knocking on every door in Trinidad trying to find the right one would be very daunting.

    On arrival at our allocated rooms we discovered that they actually were very clean and comfortable. They were even equipped with private bathrooms and air conditioning. I did have some initial hiccups when I discovered that there was no hot water in my shower and the toilet did not flush, however these were quickly sorted out by the owner.

    We all returned to the central casa for a combined dinner, before retiring for the night. It had been a very long day and I was looking forward to our first “rest day” the following day.

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  • Day44

    Trinidad without cricket!

    February 11, 2019 in Cuba ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    A long drive today, 6 hrs but at least our driver spoke excellent English. So he should as he was a graduate teacher of English turned to taxi driving because it pays better! He told us that many things in Cuba are 'upside down' like that.
    We arrived in Trinidad around 4pm having spent an hour in Cienfuegos on the way. C. was a lively town that somehow felt less safe than even Havana. Nothing to really substantiate that just a feeling really and the people on the streets. Anyway after a bit of sightseeing and a drink we were off to Trinidad.
    This 'home stay' is much like the other two but right in the old town centre so easy to do the sights tomorrow.
    After a couple of Mojitos listening to Cuban music we decided to eat cheaply tonight and splash out on our last bought meal tomorrow. I spotted a little bar on the Main Street that did Cuban snacks and pizza so in we went.
    Now I can understand flags of Valencia F. C. and Barcelona F. C. but why Nottingham Forest? The barman had no idea but suggested they were given them so up they went!
    A nice snack later and a fight with the ATM and we hit the sack to be ready for 8am breakfast tomorrow.
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  • Day45

    Foot sore in Trinidad

    February 12, 2019 in Cuba ⋅ 🌙 25 °C

    It's not a big town but quite hilly and the whole of the historic centre is cobbled with uneven stones from the river. This makes walking tricky and in 30 degree heat, tiring as well!
    We set off on our guide book's suggested walk, visiting various historic buildings and craft markets. At 11.30 we stopped for coffee in a nice courtyard restaurant and found a quartet about to set up and play for the lunch crowd. They were so good that we ordered a snack and listened to their whole set, buying the CD at the end rather than giving the expected tip. We'll probably bore you with it sometime!
    We continued wandering after lunch and made it back 'home' for Chris's afternoon tea. After a bit of a siesta we were off to a bar high up in the town for Mojitos and the sunset. A nice bar with live music again but nowhere near the standard of this morning. After a couple of cocktails and two very nice tapas plates we descended back to the main town and decided to order a pizza between us in a lovely restaurant we had spotted in the morning.
    Low and behold another combo started to set up. They were excellent and gave us a full hour of first class music. Didn't have enough money for their CD so just a 3 CUC tip this time!
    Finally back 'home' to write this but had to visit the ATM first so we had funds for tomorrow!
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  • Day8

    Days 8 & 9: breakfast at Trinity's

    December 8, 2019 in Cuba ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    A colectivo takes me the 1 1/2 hour run to Trinidad. This one has additional sideways seating behind the passenger row. The inscription reads "May God multiply everything that you wish". In this spirit, because the roads in the town centre are too bumpy for transport, the driver walks me to the casa particular. And what a casa it is! In this Colonial mansion the ceilings are over twice the height of a person and the rooms are stacked with all kinds of antique appliances (see typewriter). Anita and her husband are charming hosts. Breakfast is served on the balcony with a fine view of the old town and the distant Caribbean. And it's as healthy as it gets with a wealth of tropical fruits---bananas, pineapple, papaya, and guayaba (guava), full of seeds but the pulpy juice served separately is delicious. No missing out on one's daily five here.

    Trinidad was a 16th century backwater until a sugar boom in the 18th century. The cobbled streets of the old centre are a bit chocolate boxey for some tastes but the street life is active. There's a lot of pride in the African heritage from descendants of the plantation workers and the thumping drums from santeria ceremonies is hard to resist. So are the ice creams served by these ladies in green (although their companion on the right seems camera-shy). Oblivious to everything except their game, these domino players (domineros in Spanish?) choose a shady spot.
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  • Day7

    Trinidad am Tag

    August 24, 2019 in Cuba ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Heute morgen war ich überrascht: es gab nicht nur Kaffee sondern auch ein ganzes Frühstücksbüffet! „Abor de Buddor fehld!“ sagte die sächsische Teeniemama.

    Es ging erst um 10.00 los Richtung Trinidad (wir wollten gerne schnell das Hotel aus der Hölle verlassen...). Dort machten wir eine Stadtführung. Trinidad bedeutet die heilige Dreieinigkeit und wurde des Öfteren von Piraten heimgesucht. Die Piraten wussten, wo die Stadt ihre Goldschätze aufbewahrte: in der Kirche. Somit wurde diese 2x in Brand gesteckt von Jack Sparrow. Aufgrund dessen bauten die Einwohner die neue Kirche ohne Kirchturm und insgesamt niedriger, damit sie nicht so schnell entdeckt werden konnte und die Stadt die Heiligtümer verstecken konnte.

    Trinidad besitzt viel Flair! Wir waren uns einig, dass Trinidad das Kuba ist, so wie wir uns Kuba vorgestellt hatten.

    Spannend auch die Mischung zwischen Kutschen, Oldtimern und Spanferkel grillenden Cowboys.
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  • Day10

    Valle de los Ingenios

    December 7, 2019 in Cuba ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Heute ging es mit Simon und Pamela ins Tal der Zuckermühlen, dort wo im 19. Jahrhundert Sklaven das Zuckerrohr anbauten und verarbeiteten und nach ihrer Befreiung fast die gesamten Mühlen und sonstige Gebäude niederbrannten. Für das Zuckerrohr wurde in Kuba fast der ganze Wald gerodet, um mehr Anbaufläche zu erhalten.Read more

  • Day10

    Days 10 & 11: Trainspotting in Trinidad

    December 10, 2019 in Cuba ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    What better innocent pleasures are there than trainspotting? For 15 CUC/US$ there's a day rumbling along the line that connects the old sugar haciendas (estates) with Trinidad. The original early 20th century locomotives lie rusting in the goods yard. Today's engine runs on diesel but the way it rattles along the line at a contented 20 k.p.h. suggests more leisurely times. Not that it was like this for the cane cutters, who were mostly slaves. There's a steep climb up the 18th century observation tower which casts its shadow cast over the estate.

    Back in Trinidad, a discarded carton on the cobblestones reveals one of the chief end results of the sugar. The town has several tourist-friendly bars; I perch at a place with a lively 6-piece son band---increased to 7 when business is slow and the waiter joins the rhythm section. I decide to do some research on cocktails, starting with a mojito and going on with a cubata, a daiquiri and finally a Cuba libre. And the measures are not the thimblefuls you might get in a London bar; the barman sloshes it in regardless until the glass overflows. Fortunately it's only a couple of hundred yards to Anita's.

    The final photos show a traditional weaving style, a calm Caribbean beach a few miles out of Trinidad, and another rooftop scene at sunset. The four days in Trinidad have passed effortlessly.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Provincia de Sancti Spíritus, Provincia de Sancti Spiritus