Cuba 2003 VI... Trinidad - Sancti Spíritus (50 p.)

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ronik24

Proud Earthling
Hi,

To the previous trip report part:
Cuba 2003 V... Odyssey Bay of Pigs - Trinidad (50 p.)



February 22 2003

Next morning in front of our private accomodation in Trinidad we could only hope for more luck on the road that day.
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Our destination was Camagüey, first we drove towards Sancti Spíritus. Next place to visit was UNESCO world heritage site Valle de los Ingenios (Valley of the Sugar Mills, more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valle_de_los_Ingenios ) near Trinidad. On the main road 3 miles east of town the viewpoint Mirador de La Loma del Puerto enables a lovely vista across the amazing landscape.
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View towards the sea.
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Escambray Mountains in the background.
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What it's all about: sugar cane, here it was squeezed as juice for tourists.
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Always ingenious, Cuban ways of transport!
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But mostly travelling means for Cubans: waiting...
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One of the most prominent sights in the area is Manaca Iznaga plantation, from Torre de Iznaga slaves in the fields had been guarded.
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You can see how the Cuban landscape is honeycombed with railway lines - finding a moving train is another matter, however.
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Revolutionary slogans have even been laid out with stones.
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Wait a second, what was that in the background?
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Look closely! ;-)
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Oh, through pure coincidence I had run into the tourist steam special! :)
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Introducing #1517, a 2-6-0 engine (Baldwin #32083, built 1907).
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Right away the aged iron horse steamed past me.
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Towards a larger bridge structure.
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We looked around Finca Guachinango, frescos still could be found inside the building.
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Turkeys had also made it to Cuba.
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The type of bananas growing and being sold on the island is significantly smaller and greener than those known internationally in supermarkets.
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No question where we were.
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Still no reason for circling vultures...
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I took a closer look at the bridge.
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Back at Manaca Iznaga we passed the steam train one more time, but I was not allowed to get out of the car.
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We continued to search for some more obscure plantation buildings.
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The purpose of the zones can be read about here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Committees_for_the_Defense_of_the_Revolution
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Found! Inside the already very decayed colonial building remains of frescos had also survived the centuries.
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Children in front of the plantation.
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It was time to leave for Sancti Spíritus, we came past kolkhozes.
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Through the mountains.
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After entering Sancti Spíritus I immediately spotted a sugar cane train waiting to approach the main station, hauled by diesel #38137.
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My first panoramic picture made of photos from the old digicam.
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Nothing much happened at the station.
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An ambulance car of the "Yayabero", the train from Havanna to Sancti Spíritus.
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And the rest of the rake consisting of old East German coaches.
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We went on a sightseeing tour through the old town.
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The place stayed true to its name.
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Cuban towns are not lifeless!
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Probably a more elegant zone.
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Very tasteful furniture store - only what was the purpose of those inflatable pink animals?
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Bicycle rickshaws could be found everywhere.
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If siesta was not held, cakes were being transported around - they would follow us into evening.
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You don't suspect the scene being set in Cuba - yet it was the old bridge across Río Yayabo - (see "Yayabero" ;-) ).
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Collection of the propaganda signs of the day.
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Once more we arrived quite late at Camagüey. In the evening we set out into the crowds and prepared a little surprise for my aunt's birthday. Via a security guard we organized one of the omnipresent cakes, of course the man also received a share for his efforts. The cakes themselves were purely there for show, however, just consisting of fat and sugar.
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We continue at Camagüey next time! :)
 




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