Trip Start Jun 25, 2009
10Trip End Jul 15, 2009
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As stated I was able to see glimpses of real life here: people queueing perpetually for bread and fruit, peering in the windows to see what was left, the shelves later in the day barren. The first night I went past and in fact into the hamburger restaurant, where people ordered ten burgers each, ate one and took the rest home. The next night, the place had run out of rolls, sin pan, as it said
On food though, I was able to test run the famous ice cream parlours, or outlets, which are an experience in themselves. First, you join the queue to enter of course, and then you must order before you get seated at a booth, and pay. This didn't seem to be a problem - perhaps my pigeon Spanish had improved slightly. Then, chitty in hand, you are seated randomly with anyone anywhere, and your ice cream is brought to you. I had my ice cream with the best cake called marquesita, which I can't find any information about, but seemed to be a sweet but plain sponge called with a meringue icing.
Otherwise Bayamo is sleepy, and a very day-trippish sort of place. The Casa Carlos Manuel de Cespedes is good. The hotel I stayed in, the Telegrafo, was excellent value, clean, tidy, comfortable, well situated - run by students.