Saturday, 28 July 2007

Cuba (Part 6)

6 July:

Today was sight-seeing in Havana; Ernest Hemingway's drinking shops (of course). La Bodeguita del Medio, known for best making mojitos and La Floridita, claimed to be the “birthplace of the daiquiri”.

Before we reached these waterholes, we'd walked a fair distance and our proverbial tongues were hanging out. We were all on the lookout for an appropriate bar. I spotted a promising looking sign that was hanging over an establishment at the far end of a cul-de-sac. I confidently persuaded the whole group that it was what we were looking for. I was heavily fined at the next morning's court when it turned out to be a Baptist Church (of all things to find in Cuba!).We were also running a sweep on how many minutes would it be before we were accosted by "Guantanamera" (played live). It seemed to be the sound track of the whole tour. My roomey won when it was played by the band in La Floridita (although we suspect some foul play when he was seen to pass some cash to them after he'd received his winnings).

Then to the Capital; pretty impressive:

In the evening we (and the rest of the hotel guests) were entertained somewhat bizarrely by the "tour virgins" (don't ask!)A full set of my pics of the tour can be found at Flikr

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