One of the many old cars that graced the “roads” of Cuba!
Santiago is surrounded by hills – hence most things are an uphill walk and needless to say we struggled!
Random guy sitting in his doorway – looks much better in B&W!
We were in SdC for 4 days (a day too long if you ask me) and we managed to fit in a baseball game, a tour around the place, visit the Bacardi home, stargaze and get stopped by the local police who had confused us with the locals! The only thing that was disappointing was the lack of basic food like potatoes and vegetables. The main dish here was rice with beans and pork. It really wasn’t that appetising so if you visit here – take some packet food with you! Luckily, on the last day we found a 4 star hotel that served pizza and garlic bread and had cheese…. absolutely lush!
Following SdC, we were transferred to Varadero. An all inclusive resort set on the white sandy beach. Arriving at 2:00 in the morning didn’t do anything for our tired moods as we tried to find our hotel rooms for 45 minutes! As morning approached, how grateful were we to find that we could have burgers for breakfast?! And that it was all topped off with a nice swim in the pool and then a walk to the beach… Varadero was awesome! We arranged a few excursions. The first afternoon was a sky dive. I honestly don’t know why I agreed to this but I am so glad that I did. To jump out of a plane at 10000ft with a random guy (RG) strapped to your back whilst looking over a clear blue ocean and knowing that you’re going to land on find white sand – there is absolutely nothing like it! And inevitable I was the first one out. There was no prepping – just a quick convo between me and the RG about how he would throw me out of the plane when he had finished counting to 3. Honestly – an amazing adrenaline rush. I remember once the parachute had opened, the calmness of being in the air. That floating down as I had a conversation with my RG about where he was from despite the language barrier.
We also managed to arranged a discovery jeep tour which allowed us to do 4×4 driving and the driving of a speedboat. Listening to Return of the Mack (you gotta love Mark Morrison!) and watching the scenery go past. I would post the video but it’s too embarrassing for words! We rode horses, held baby alligators and snakes, rode a bull and were scared by dogs. Us with nature at it’s very best!
Our last excursion was a catamaran cruise to a small island off of the mainland. This allowed us to go snorkeling in the ocean as well as a swim with dolphins. Again, I can’t tell you how awesome this was.
I think I’ve probably bored you all to death but I’m going to leave our last point of call for my next post!