From Havana, we took a shared modern taxi to Trinidad. After a short 4 hours, we arrived just in time for sunset.
The next morning, we went horse back riding through the nature around Trinidad. Such a great decision!
We were back in the early afternoon, and went to discover the city.
The next morning, we left for Varadero. Only the modern, aircon car we were promised to share with only 2 others, never came. Instead, we were shoved into an old car with 6 other passengers already there. With 8 persons plus driver, we were then driving through the Cuban country side. No airco, and no way to move. We certainly felt local…
After a wonderful 4 hour drive, we arrived in our resort. 5 Days of relaxing as best we could followed. We tried not to notice the delapitated buildings and rooms; the lack of towels; the restaurants that ran out of food; the unmotivated staff… It was interesting to experience a planned economy first hand. The local alcohol (which was all they served) flowed freely though. It’s cheaper than serving regular drinks here in Cuba. No wonder most people (ahem Russians) were walking around blissfully unaware of what was happening on the resort.
Regardless, we had a great time on this beautiful beach.
We left Varadero refreshed and ready to reconnect to the internet and real life again!
Unfortunately, we were again stopped at Varadero airport because we looked like Americans. After minutely studying our passports and afterwards our luggage and bodies, we were reluctantly let go. They even read through all paperwork (our diving log books and vaccination passports) in our hand luggage?!
A little less relaxed, we took off.
On to Miami!