The streets of Trinidad.
Basking in the sun on Varadero Beach.
Within Cuba, Trinidad is considered a national icon. David talks about its voodoo-based religion, where to get a good meal and what the locals are drinking.
In the last 1700s farmers began planting sugarcane and the industry boomed. With the boom came an influx of African slaves who brought with them voodoo-based religious beliefs. "Santa-ria", a religion now widely practised in Cuba, combined both African and Spanish philosophies.
Today Trinidad is a town of tourism. Many of the streets are cobbled, and while some of the houses, which were built by the wealthy "sugarocracy", might look the worse for wear from the outside, inside they more than likely contain chandeliers and antiques.
Within Cuba, Trinidad is considered a national monument, and along with Old Havana, UNESCO placed it on its World Heritage List in 1988. The horse and cart is the most popular mode of transport, but the best way to see the town is to stroll along the narrow streets.
Varadero has been a beachside resort on the north coast of Cuba since the turn of the century. Lots of luxury hotels have been built during the ‘90s and the white sand and clean, turquoise water attracts many visitors each year. There are oil wells not far from the resort, and if the wind blows the wrong way the sulfurous smells can be unpleasant. The good thing is, they do not interfere with the view!
Cuban food is not very exciting and offers little variety. The national dish is rice and black beans, roast pork and yuca. The banana-like plantain is very popular, and salads are made of pickled vegetables. One of the best beers is “Hatuey”, named after an Indian chief who was ruling when the Spanish arrived. Don’t be surprised if you are served by a doctor or a lawyer – the tips subsidise their very low wages!
South of Florida in the Caribbean Sea
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