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Day 26 - Santiago de Cuba

CUBA | Sunday, 22 June 2014 | Views [299]

Following breakfast on the rooftop of our casa with our new Korean housemate - a really sweet young journalist from Seoul our friend Ilona came to collect us for the days adventure.

We spent the morning wandering around the city & ended up at the national museum which was the first front in Castro's revolution.

After that we walked out of town to the cemetery to see the changing of the guards & visit the tomb of Jose Marti who is credited as the intellectual forefather of Castro's revolution. By this stage it was so hot we hopper in a cab back to the centre of town for some food & shade.

After a horrendous lunch where they fed us overpriced, unidentifiable meat with a few pieces of cucumber & tomato & locked us in the restaurant we were hoping things would improve! Unfortunately we were then stuck with Albert, the try hard Esperanto singing Cuban who insisted in trying to translate his songs to us as he went & totally butchered The Beatles 'yesterday' while he was at it. A noble effort though- will give him that much.

late afternoon we hopped in another cab but this time it was to find the house of Orlando - the bici-taxi driver to whom Claire had promised her laptop when she was here a few weeks ago. I brought it with us from Mexico & we found Orlando's house & his wife. He was out but his wife was pretty thrilled we had delivered the computer as promised! Since Orlando had no phone & only Claire's word that she would get the computer to him it's no wonder it was such a truly pleasant surprise to have it personally delivered!

A good deed done!

We rewarded ourselves with a tasty churro as an afternoon snack & quickly got on our way to meet up with our new friend Ilona to watch the USA play Portugal at a nearby bar.

After the game we scouted more carefully for a winning dinner venue & found a little place called el colonial which had excellent cocktails & arguably the best food we had in Cuba so far.

Super satisfied with dinner we ventured in to Santiago's Casa de Musica - the Trove for salsa, music & more mojito's. It was a really fun night! 

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