Sunday, 5 February 2012

Cuba - Holguin

Our day trip into Holguin was one of the highlights of our Cuban trip.  We went on the tour with a minibusful of twenty somethings - what luck!  The energy among the group was palpable and the conversation invigorating.  What a difference from our day trip into Santiago with people our age!   

Our first stop was at a cigar factory, no pictures allowed but it provided a very interesting glimpse of how cigars were made.  I loved the pervading aroma of tobacco leaves - and I don't even smoke!

Outside the cigar factory

 Did I mention energy?  Awesome youthful energy...!

The 450 steps up to the Loma de la Cruz - these two guys made it to the top before the bus did.

Panoramic view of Holguin city from the top
The Cross at the top to receive pilgrims

The surrounding countryside in full view from the terrace at the top

The bus took us all the way across town for lunch at this restaurant from where we can see the hill with Loma de la Cruz and the surrounding hills from a different angle

The Provincial Library downtown with teens hanging out outside and inside, like all libraries - except this one had no computers, or many books...

Shooting the breeze in the square across from the library

The Casa de la Trova in the Centre of town

Cuban group performing inside the Casa de la Trova

Looking out on the square from inside the Casa de la Trova

Last post on Cuba coming up!

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