31st December 2015
Off to Camaguay this morning with a stop at the church of El Cobre dedicated to the Virgin of Charity. We were in the foothills of the Sierra Maestra which brings to mind the revolution again, this is where Che Guevara and fellow revolutionaries were based for some time.
Had a great stop on Bayamo where we were treated to more music and dancing at the Casa de la Trova. I particularly loved an old guy who gatecrashed the party and was dancing on his own just near the entrance, he was a classic!
Lunch at a nice old hotel, the Royalton, state owned so not very appetising but the building was cute. Settled myself in the park and started a sketch of a church after lunch before we hit the road again. We got to within 7kms of our next stop of Las Tunas when a cow ran across the road in front of the bus!!! Sadly our driver had no chance to stop and the poor cow bounced up and off the windscreen. Well, that started a bit of trouble, with the man looking after the cow along with half the farmers in the district, the driver and our guide getting rather uptight with each other. Police were called and another bus but it all took a couple of hours and meanwhile the cow was still suffering and trying to get up but just couldn’t manage to move anything but her head.
Was a very quite trip from there to Camaguay, I didn’t even stay up for New Year celebrations!