After the Marlin Marina, we decided to head in to Trinidad. We had already been slightly biased by those Italians the previous night who said that it was too touristic and not authentic. We tried to clear that from our heads and go in with an open mind, but on our drive in, and through our first experience with parking and trying to find a currency exchange, we started to think they were on to something. People stopped us as we drove in every minute or so to try to sell us on something, tell us some bit of useless and obvious information (for a fee), or try to guide us somewhere. For example, we were driving up a cobblestone street that had a barrier at the end. People stopped us to let us know that the road was closed and that we needed to turn around. At first we were like, “Cool, these people are friendly and helpful” but then they wouldn’t leave us alone. Even when we SAW the roadblock and it was beyond obvious that the only option was to turn around, people kept pointing at the roadblock and shouting at us to turn around. We were….
We woke up and had a big desayuno (breakfast) before heading to La Boca, Playa Ancon, and the Marlin Marina. Again it was a delicious 2 course meal starting with fresh fruit – pineapple, passionfruit, mango, and watermelon, with passionfruit juice and coffee. The second course was eggs – I did an omelet with just the eggs, and then put that on fresh bread. David did an omelet with cheese and peppers. Hostal Cuba set a nice table for outside on the villa’s porch, where we could kind of see the water at Playa La Boca….
Our road trip adventure to Trinidad, Cuba began by getting horribly lost trying to get out of Havana. Despite the directions we got from Kenia, and the map, we kept making wrong turns trying to find the A-1 (La Autopista Nacional), and stopped to ask directions at nearly every turn. Finally, we got on the highway, and started the 200 km drive until we had to pull off onto smaller side roads to weave our way South to Cienfuegos and then to Trinidad, Cuba. We stopped at a roadside café for a quick meal – rice and beans, pork asada, vegetables, and potatoes. I turned up my nose at first, but it turned out to be delicious and cheap ($4)….
In the morning, we showered and got ready to go to breakfast, and then onward to meet our friends and see more of Havana. We went upstairs to Casa Maura (the Castellòn family apparently owned a few Casa Particulares in the building) and took breakfast out on the balcony. Our friends were already waiting for us outside (they were early), but we were going to be a little late anyways so we shouted down and told them so….
We were looking forward to our first of many Havana nights, having just flown in to HAV airport from Panama City (PTY) – but first had to get to our lodging in Havana. We had booked a Casa Particular for our first night’s stay (September 12, 2015), and was leaving the rest of it to fate….