next stop: Bacardi Land, hurra!!!
Catano Travel Blog› entry 11 of 22 › view all entries
February 6th, 2009 – by: yadilitta
I could work in a place like this. It doesn't have anything to do with the rum - although it might help, mmm - but I say it because of the beautiful gardens, palms and buildings. You really feel you are in the Caribbean. The Bacardi Experience is free - hurra!!! We crossed the gate and parked. We approached to sign in the list, but the next tour in English was already full so we'd have to wait about 1/2 an hour to catch the next one.
Mmm, waiting for a tour, sitting under the shadow, enjoying the breeze, watching the blue sky and sea furthermore zipping tasty Bacardi drinks. That didn't sound bad at all, haha. Mark was the first to order his drinks and asked the barman to give him his 2 favorites and so he did. Francisco and me ordered same drinks: a mojito - a MUST, they even had a big container with mojitos, just to poor them haha - and one of the barman's favorite. It was red and looked nice, wow it tasted very good too! It has coconut Bacardi - I didn't know there was a coconut rum (delicious!!!) - cranberry and a splasch of pineapple. So we got a refreshing mojito and a sweet coconut one.
We sat and waited for the tour; we were chatting and just relaxing while we enjoyed our drinks.
A trolley drove us to the visitor building. The station in front of the building seemed to be an old Cuban train station, how cute! The tour started at the lobby of the building, which recreated an old Cuban patio, with a fountain in the center. The girl explained us the story of Bacardi and who grounded it: Mr. Bacardi, of course, haha.
Then we went to other room, where they told us more about the history of the rum and recreated the old Cuban destillery. Also you could smell the different kind of rums they are producing nowadays. But it was forbidden to take pics here, although I did it, hehe.
Last stop was the bar. An expert barman would teach us how to fix the 3 most famous drinks with rum: Mojito, Daiquiri & Cuba Libre. He told us the story how the 3 drinks were created and gave us some tips. This bar recreated the famous bar at Bacardi's original building, where mr. Bacardi met his friends.
The trolley came for us and drove us around the facility with beautiful gardens. The final stop was: the gift shop, haha. We wouldn't buy anything to take back home. Just had carry-ons, so no liquids allowed :( Better not to stop there and move fast. Jess and Jason's flight just landed. OMG! We had to fly...
Although the traffic was crazy, Francisco managed to arrive to the airport in 15min. Jess and Jason were waiting for un inside a restaurant. No problem, I left the car and went inside.
The plan for tonight was changed. We'd stay in Levittown, near our hotel, so we'd be able to party without worrying about driving, haha. We drove Jess and Jason to their hotel, waited for them 10min and we all drove to Levittown. While we were driving, Francisco got the call from Enrico (another TB) who'd join us later, yay! Enrico, Nancy, local friends, us, OMG! The gang was getting bigger and merrier :)
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