Day 12, Cry me a river...

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My shortcut was blocked :)

Again, as so often the case in paradise, it is yet another glorious day. Unfortunately, our departure day is getting closer and I get to a point where I don't want to spend more days just hanging by the pool doing nothing or lazing on the beach which, to be honest, is quite the same. Besides, one of the things we'll be doing tomorrow is catamaran sailing along the coastline, so plenty opportunity to see more beaches. Also, if I don't see some more of the island, I feel as though I haven't been to Cuba at all. So, I got myself up and walking.

Well, first I had a light breakfast with Jacomien. She's not much of a hiker so after some deliberation she decided to catch up on some reading by the pool whereas I gathered my stuff and headed out of the hotel, taking the first strides towards a new adventure.

Maybe I should follow this shortcut then, and hope it's a cow instead of an angry bull :)
This is how I like it best; no plan, just a general direction and then start walking. I'll find out soon enough where the road and fate take me.

Well, today they took me on a journey through the countryside and farmlands. The contrast between inside and outside the 'compound' is immense. As close as a few hundred yards from the entrance of the hotel, Cuban life is shown in all its bareness and bleakness. Although..., I clearly recall the words spoken by our Holguin tour guide saying the farmers and families close to the hotels were much better-off than average. As I watched the ramshackle huts (el bohio's) made of corrugated iron, plastic sheets, some palm tree parts and a whole lot of debris undoubtedly blown this way in hurricane season, I found it hard to imagine what the living conditions must be like for those who are less fortunate.

Close to the resort the bohios look nice.

After I followed a path cutting a corner to the main road and then following the main road for about a mile, I took a right turn on to a dirt road. It lead between undulating farm fields, the tops of the hills providing spectacular panoramas, or as the say here in Cuba; Buena Vistas :) Only question is: where along this road is their social club? :D

Along my hike I met some locals. I was always greeted with a smile, an open face and a sentence in Spanish that I didn't understand. The English of the locals outside the resort is as good as my Spanish; practically non existent. You'll understand it made for some interesting conversation. Because, despite my "no comprendre" and "no hablo Español" they kept on chattering like I was an intimate friend of the family.

But the further away you get, the bleaker they get.
What I did understand was that some of them were asking for stuff. "No: don't want money, but you have T-shirt?" I was disappointed in myself for not having brought some goods to share on my walk.

I walked a horseshoe shape route, for about four or five hours, only to find myself at the wrong end of a river. I had thought the horse shape would eventually turn into a full circle if I kept my bearing right, and I would end up on the beach of our resort. Alas, it was not to be. I stood on the shore of a river. I could see our resort on the opposite side, but this river was too deep for me to cross on foot. Besides that, I also didn't have a dry pack with me, otherwise I could have stuffed my cloth (and more importantly, my camera) in the bag and then just swam across.

A farmer doing his thing
Hmm. how was I gong to deal with this? Retracing my steps would be too much of a hassle and would consume a vast amount of time. It would be well late in the evening before I would be back.

Suddenly, round the bend in the river, came people peddling and kayaking towards the mouth of the river. I started shouting in hope of help. Surely one of them would be so kind to help me across? Well, several people passed, while waving back at me, but none stopped. After about ten minutes, finally a couple on a peddle boat came towards me. To get on board, I had to do some acrobatics on the slippery and pointy rocks I was on, but I managed to get on board safely. Within a few minutes I was on the other side, glad to feel land under my feet again. The last leg of the journey 'home' was uneventful. Just a stroll on the beach, literally.

Sweetski says:
I stand corrected, as so does my blog; fixed :)
Posted on: Aug 15, 2010
Sweetski says:
Oops... LOL That should indeed have said "No hablo Español". Shall I edit my entry (after which your comment doesn't make sense), or shall I leave it like this?
Posted on: Aug 14, 2010
vances says:
If you were saying "no hablo Ingles" it is no wonder they continued to chatter... "no hablo español" would have been better, lol...

Sounded like a splendid day, especially the final leg (which was more of a peg leg...)

:^)
Posted on: Aug 14, 2010
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My shortcut was blocked :)
My shortcut was blocked :)
Maybe I should follow this shortcu…
Maybe I should follow this shortc…
Close to the resort the bohios loo…
Close to the resort the bohios lo…
But the further away you get, the …
But the further away you get, the…
A farmer doing his thing
A farmer doing his thing
Follow the leader
"Follow the leader"
Made me think of Argentina somehow…
Made me think of Argentina someho…
One of the locals I met :)
One of the locals I met :)
Isnt the view lovely?
Isn't the view lovely?
In the distance you can see Raphae…
In the distance you can see Rapha…
what am I looking at? What are YO…
"what am I looking at? What are Y…
I bet that hill provides a marvell…
I bet that hill provides a marvel…
Didnt want to argue with him, bec…
Didn't want to argue with him, be…
Further inland, shabbier bohios
Further inland, shabbier bohios
One undulating field..
One undulating field..
...after another..
...after another..
Who are you calling a Pig???
"Who are you calling a Pig???"
Two pigs sniffling a third :D
Two pigs sniffling a third :D
Already on my way back to the coas…
Already on my way back to the coa…
Doesnt look like much perhaps,...
Doesn't look like much perhaps,...
...but look at its view!!!
...but look at its view!!!
Hola señor :)
Hola señor :)
The river. I need to be on the oth…
The river. I need to be on the ot…
I can see our resort in the distan…
I can see our resort in the dista…
The lovely couple who were willing…
The lovely couple who were willin…
Where we came from
Where we came from
Thanks for the lift guys! :)
Thanks for the lift guys! :)
Only a mile or so along the coastl…
Only a mile or so along the coast…
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photo by: Sweetski