Our 2nd day in Cuba
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There were some suprises at night ... the pigs! We woke up because of their noises and the smell! It felt like we were sleeping in a pig farm! They were so loud! We realized that behind our window, there were pigs and looking out of that window, there was obviously a yard for them, but we could not see them, cause our window was blocked with the boards. We tried to sleep for some more, but it was not easy and we finally gave up.
After shower we packed our things, because we thought that the girl from our casa, will come to pick us up. We ate the breakfast and saw only the parents, the girl was not at home. We left our bags packed into the room and went to see the village.
Vinales is really cute little village. We walked around, took some pictures of the wonderful view to the valley and looked around in the plaza. We took our first mojitos (a 2 CUC) of the day and sat on tha plaza to drink it. Canadian tourists took a picture of us drinking mojitos on the plazaJ.
We went to the bus stop and sat there waiting for our bus stop and Katrin started to take the photos of the cars and people passing time. We stayed there for a long timeJ. Then a taxi driver came and asked if we need a taxi, we didn´t want a taxi tour in the valley, so we said no. He of course spoke only spanish, but i understood that he said that the bus is not coming, but i didn´t believe him. Finally, after we had enough photos of the cars and people, we decided to go to the tourist office to ask about the possibilities of seeing the valley.
Firstly we booked a collective taxi for the next day to go to
In Havanatur the guy offered us a 3 hour walking tour in the valley, we paid each 8 CUC and he said we have to wait a little for our guide. We went to buy some water to take with us and when we came back the guy from the Havanatur introduced to us 2 guides. They started immediately to flirt with us, but they were nice. Then the guy who had sold us the tour, started to flirt as wellJ.
Vinales is a small place, so our guide knew everybody and they all said hallo to us, which was nice. Also, he was really popular guy because he was walking with 2 beautiful blondesJ. He asked us if the guys in
Firstly, we went to the tobacco farm. It was very nice and interesting. Alexis told us about the growing of the tobacco, that everything is done by hand, showed us the drying of the leaves and then a woman rolled us a sigar. We bought 12 sigars for 10 CUC from her. They must sell the tobacco to the state and state fixes the prize, but a very small amount over the quota the farmer can keep and from these leaves they make sigars to sell to the tourists. I told Alexis that my father was also a farmer in Estonia (of course not tobacco farmerJ), he said that his father was as well and that he grew up in that valley, but now lives in the village of Vinales.
The valley was very very pretty, it is not possible to describe it. The photos speak for themselves. The mogotes are special mountains, I read before the trip that only
The weather was really nice and sunny. We went through the cave (it was totally dark, but for a very short time. I had to hold Alexis hand to get throughJ, Katrin was holding mine) and saw some Swedish people climbing the mogote.
Alexis showed us a place where to go in the evening, but didn`t talk about going there with us anymoreJ. We were a little bit disappointed because we would have loved to go with him and his friend, cause going just the 2 of us meant too much attention from the guys. We forgot to offer him tip, but we hope he was not upset with that. We are really not used to offering tip! And we did improve on our trip!J
We went to the tourism office to ask about the taxi.
We went back to our pink casa and the lady of the casa gave us our passports! It was obvious that the girl from „our“ casa had showed no interest in us and that it was assumed that we will stay in this casa. The English speaking girl was still not home, so there was nobody to ask about it. But we did manage to make the lady of the casa understand that we need her to call about the taxi (my little spanish and hands and legs languageJ), the boy of the house also helped a little. Also they arranged for us a casa in
We did not order dinner, but ate our sausages and cheese we had brought with us to
This night we slept a little bit better. I don´t know if the pigs were quieter or we were starting to get used to itJ.