Havana to Soroa
this morning was the first day of the second leg of our trip, travelling the western side of Cuba. After a 9:00am departure, we headed to the Callahun de Hamel, in the suburbs of Havana. This is a laneway and homes that have been decorated with murals and bric a brac by a local artist using the Afro-Cuban style.
From there we continued to another Havana suburb, Jaimanitas, to see Funsterlandia. This started off 20 years ago as local artist Jose Fuster decorating his home with tiles, and has now spread to neighbouring houses and streets.
After a lunch stop at a local roadside café, we reached Soroa at approx. 2:00pm. Unfortunately, rain developed this afternoon, and shows no sign of clearing. After checking into our guesthouses, we then did a tour of a local orchid garden.
Soroa is not a major town, in fact, other than a small resort, there is nothing there. Our guesthouse was isolated, and we had dinner cooked by the family who ran the guesthouse. After dinner, the rest of the group joined us and we had drinks whilst a couple of old locals played and sang. Despite there ages, they showed no signs of stopping until we were ready for bed.
it was an enjoyable evening a great way to meet our new travelling companions.