We spent 4 days in Trinidad, Cuba, founded 500 years before in 1513, with our gracious and helpful hosts, Jesus and Inelda, at their pension at #34 Vicente Suyama. Each morning we were presented with hearty breakfasts of fresh fruit, fresh-squeezed pina or mango juice, omelets, breads and strong coffee.
With this fortification, we were ready to have the large cobble-stones massage our feet as we moved through streets, visiting stalls operated by local entrepreneurs, engaging with street musicians, dropping in on a local Santeria sanctuary where a presentation was being made by the priest on his religion. The streets echoed with the sounds of horses hooves clopping on the cobble stones, drawing their carts of goods, produce, dirt and whatever else needed to be transported.
Evenings we were regaled with cha cha and salsa dancers performing their moves in a 200 square feet space only 2 meters from our table at Casa de la Trova. As we left there, we could hear music spilling out from the Casa de Musica, with masses of people dancing outdoors or sitting on the 20 or so steps leading to the dance area. On our first night we were treated to a group of 6 young musicians dining on the rooftop terrace of Terraza Colonial, swaying in our chairs as their music was absorbed into our bodies as we ate.
Before leaving Trinidad, one must try a Canchachara, the "grandfather" to the mojito, a sort of moonshine. We drove through the mountains to Santa Clara and Che Guevara's memorial.