1st January 2016
Arrived in Trinidad in the afternoon with time for a wander around and a sketch, it’s full of character and characters. Staying at a casa particular, Casa Lola, which is a really nice change and something I’ve been looking forward to the whole trip.
Vlad offered to take anyone who wanted to go to the casa de la trova, only Jenny, Tanya and I went along. We chatted to a few random people there and I trotted of to buy somce cigars – Montecristos – apparently they’re the ones Che Guveura used to smoke! We also met a girl from NZ who was over staying with a Cuban guy she had met on a previous trip, boy they could dance, they took us to the plaza mayor where there was more music and dancing. Manuel & Gina bought a bottle of white rum and a couple of small cans of lemon squash – that was drinks sorted for the rest of the night!!! We tried to give them money but they said as a local the price for Manuel was cheap as chips.We had an absolute ball but no idea how to get back to our casa. With much laughter, pantomime and sketchy Spanglish we eventually found someone who pointed us in the right direction and we arrived safe and sound. It’s just so laid back and friendly here, everyone is happy to talk to us and include us in their lives.
After our late night the three of us opted out of the activities the next day. Slept late, had lunch with Jenny & Tanya then did a bit of shopping and a sketch. Met up with Manuel & Gina who invited us back for more dancing and music in the plaza.