Today was our second day in Cuba. And the first we saw much of it. You see we have this awesome plan of renting a car and going on a road trip to see some of Cuba. Of course to do that we needed to rent a car so we hired a cab to check out the rental places. The taxi that pulled up was a red Chevrolet that could have been driven out of the sixties. (Back to the future anyone?) (Dad’s note; Actually, it was a 1955 Chevrolet, with a Hyundai engine in it. We saw lots of classic cars all day.)
|The Cubans have a thing for old cars. I think that thing is called "necessity."|
|Yoel and the family in front of his 1955 Chev.|
Our first stop was an all-inclusive hotel, where we changed some Canadian dollars into Cuban convertible pesos ($1.11 Canadian bought $1.00 CUC). In the lobby of the hotel was a big white board signed by Fidel Castro, who had visited the hotel in the past.
|The lobby of one of the all-inclusive hotels near Peurto de Vita. Fidel was here at the opening. Unfortunately, they wouldn't let us go in, since we weren't guests.|
There were dogs, (not in cages), hamsters, turtles, guinea pigs, (we got to hold them, awwww) a falcon, some turkeys, pigs that kinda stunk, barn owls, some pigeons, parakeets and a ton of other stuff. They even had a crocodile back there! They also had a big rodent thing in a cage which was cute in itself. We learned that it was native only to Cuba and that was cool. The best part was it had three babies that were climbing freely in the trees. Adorable right? They had a ton of plants too and we saw that they grew their own bananas with which to feed most of the animals. We got to try some and they tasted good.
|A hutia, endemic to Cuba.|
|Pigs. Smelly but cute. In Cuba, usually these guys end up on someone's dinner table.|
|A crocodile, and his pal the turtle.|
|This parrot spoke a little Spanish.|
After lunch we went around and saw a ton of car rental places but none of them had any cars for Tuesday! When we finally finished running around we said goodbye to Yoel and went back to the boat. I asked if we would still go on the trip but Mom and Dad have a plan.