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Cuba Part V: Santa Clara and Index

Saturday morning we took off to Santa Clara, maybe an hour or so away. Ale called someone to get a car for us. We had already booked a place to stay there for Friday night, but once we decided to stay in Trinidad, we didn't have a way of getting in touch without internet. Oh well, hope they didn't mind that we didn't show! We had already paid.

Santa Clara is a university town, and not a ton of things to do that were on our list, except visit el Museo de Che. His army attacked the city and took over, pushing out Batista at long last. We had our driver drop us off near the complex. There was a place for us to store our bags while we walked around.

Tiny little flame, hanging on there in the rain.
We went inside the mausoleum where Che and other soldiers are buried. It was quiet pretty and quiet. No photos allowed. Worth a stop by.

We walked back out to the taxi area and didn't see a ton of activity. This guy was already waiting on someone, but he called a couple friends …

Cuba Part IV: Trinidad!

We made it to Trinidad. The streets are small and cobbled, and thankfully my Google maps had my blue dot (despite no cell/wifi signal) with our location, and I could zoom into the city map to guide our taxi driver to our airbnb. It was raining a bit when we arrived but it eventually stopped soon after our arrival.

We booked an Airbnb with Alejandro and Maritza, and they've got a nice place. Somehow they've got a wifi access point on their house (they got the tower in Mexico) and their son has a video gaming set up on the roof. You still have to pay for a card to access the internet, and your communications are very likely monitored, so I wasn't even tempted to break my no cell service streak.  They also have a great rooftop - they encouraged us to hang out up there and make ourselves at home. Great views on the city once the rains cleared.

They have a couple dogs - they were great.

Time to get out and about in Trinidad. It's the jewel of Cuba's colonial cities and …