Bay of Pigs (and crocodile)

Trip Start Apr 13, 2011
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Trip End Apr 20, 2011


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Flag of Cuba  , Matanzas,
Saturday, April 16, 2011

As fate would have it, it was the 50th Anniversary of the Bay of Pigs US Invasion on the day we stopped at this famous point on the coast to contemplate that bit of history. It was easy to see why ships would have had trouble navigating the rough waters and rocky shoreline - it would have been a difficult landing spot indeed. I was surprised that nothing official was going on and there were very few locals about, considering the importance of this event in Cuba's past.

I jumped into the sea for a brief swim, but the rough water crashing against the rocks made it exhausting work. Across the road was a cenote swimming hole with cool crystal clear fresh water. I joined a few of the others for a much more relaxing swim. Or rather a relaxing float - there was not a lot of physical exertion required this time.  

At lunch I tried a small piece of another traveller's order of fried crocodile. I suppose you could say it tasted like chicken, but more so the rubber kind. Thankfully there was a tasty Cristal beer within easy reach.

Later we stopped at the Bay of Pigs museum, and it was here, in the town square, that we could see preparations for a rally or celebration to be held later that evening. Probably smart to save such festivities for the cooler weather after the sun goes down.The museum was small with only a few photos and artifacts, but plenty of harsh words for the "Yankee Imperialist" invaders. It's places like this that make one wonder if the deep hatred and resentment between the two nations can ever be smoothed over.
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