Salsa time in Trinidad.
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Trinidad is a beautiful colonial town, if a little touristy on occasion for my liking, with picture perfect pastel coloured buildings, a prevalence of antiquated American cars set to the backdrops of mountains and sea.
We'd originally planned to do a days trekking in the mountains surrounding Trinidad but changed our plans to take in the surrounding sugar plantations via a model train and add a day to our other trekking point, the Sierra Maestra, stomping ground of the guerrilla war instigated by Fidel & Che.
We were heard from a couple we'd met in Havana that the train ride was supposed to be impressive as it passed through the countryside to the plantations, we were thwarted however as the train was out of action for a few days and ended up taking a taxi, ironically we got to see everything we would've seen on the train for half the price.
As both of us are fond of both live and Cuban music we tried to take in as much as we could especially as Trinidad's Casa de Trova is rated as one as one of Cuba's top 10 live music venues. It certainly didn't fall short; we soon discovered that all the Cubans there [any generally for that matter] seem to posses a natural ability to dance. The shear professionalism of the Cubans, and also some of the foreigners [show-offs] meant that Amanda and I were too intimidated to get up there and bust some moves of our own, neither of us can salsa as yet but prefer 'freestyle' as Amanda puts it! My problem with things like dance and as also my poor Tai-Chi instructor discovered, is that I don't like to be lead, as in my head this translates as being told what to do! When it came to dancing later on in the trip one of my Cuban friends let me lead to humour me, bless him.