Dancing in Trinidad
Trip Start Aug 23, 1996
561Trip End Ongoing
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Normally, on a Euro visit, we would drive in, see all the sites and shoot, but as we are on holiday, we have to relax. Driving around the town, trying to find our casa, was hard. A lot of the road signs were non-existant, so we made do with best as we could. After a couple of laps, we found it, parked up and hit the streets.
Now Trinidad is small, in fact, it looks like some of the old Spanish villages that we have visited over the years. There is a Plaza Mayor, but it took some time to find it !!! Once we did, there was a church at the top, but we did not visit it at first as there was another church that had been converted into the Museo Nacional de la Lucha Contra Bandidos. It showed photos of the revolution and such, but you were allowed up the tower, which gave us a good view of the town. Trust me, it was small.
Once back down, we found that the church was closed, even though it was only 13:30 !!! So we had a small lunch, before we jumped back into the car and hit the beach. As an Aussie, beaches aren't my favourite place to visit, but I always compare them to home, and even though it was ok, it was mega salty and it felt like I was swimming in brine !!!
After we finished, we showered, had a quick beer as the local bar did not make Mojitos !!! My addiction was hitting me, I could see bugs crawling, so after a dinner that was to die for in our casa, we walkd the streets until we found the Casa de la Musica. The barman at the local had said it was a great place, so we went looking. It took a while to find, but there was a band playing salsa music, and there were people dancing. Mojitos were being thrown down, so we joined in the fun. Mojitos that is, not the dancing, as my body can't do what these locals can do. I always thought that horizontal waltzing was more my style !!!
I find that these Mojitos do not leave me hungover, so in the morning we hit the streets. Above Trinidad is a hill with a view, so we climbed it. The local guard let us in and explained to us all the sites around. Thankfully he spoke slowly so we got the gist of it. The Spanish here is weird. They tend to drop their S's !!!
Back down we visited the church in Plaza Mayor. It was a little boring inside, oh well, they all can't be like the Vatican !!! After we left, we hit the Museo Historica Municipal. It was quite interesting inside. It use to be a mansion owned by a German, but had been turned into the Museo. Like all good sites, it spoke of the revolution and days before. It went right back to the slave trade days. As an added bonus, this place also had a tower so we took the views in again.
Once done, we wondered the streets some more, but as it's so hot here, we jumped in the car, whacked the air-con to full and hit the beach. It was nice to cool off before dinner.fter food, we went back to the Casa de la Musica, the music and the dancing were good, but realistically, the mojitos are shit. You don't really get the right taste when they are served in plastic !!!
Well, it's another story about going off to Sancti Spiritus, and as this blog is about Trinidad, we shall continue.
After arriving back, we took a drive up to Topes de Collantes which was in the mountains above Trinidad. There was a massive edifice which had been built by the former president Batista in two stages. He started it in 1937 and finished it in 1952. It kind of looked like a Soviet hotel, but built before Castro arrived. It was if he had seen into the future !!! It was nice up there in the mountains, refreshing, no humidity, unlike everywhere else in Cuba !!!
After dinner, we did our usual jaunt back up to Casa de la Musica where we did our usual mojito and watching people dance. Actually, there really are some good Cuban salsa dancers.
And then it was over, time to leave and move on to another place.