November 23rd, 2009 – by: Sweetski
Yaaaay.., WE HAVE ARRIVED!
Nevertheless, after our soul soothing yet spine breaking trip, another hour later we arrived on the quay where we were told to take our shoes off. The boat was an immaculate white and our captain would most certainly like to keep it that way. So, at about 09:00 we embarked, barefoot, with high expectations.
Now, the catamaran is designed for eighty people and today only fourteen of us have signed up for the Bay Adventure tour. An open bar (all beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) is part of the deal. So I guess there are plenty of bottles to be emptied :) Immediately after setting course for the open sea..., well, the secluded bay anyway..., I headed for the open bar to have myself... a pineapple juice.
Meanwhile Mario introduced the crew to us.
Lewis the deck hand
There was Victor the captain, Lewis the sailor and Lewis the deckhand. So, Victor stood proudly at the rudder and Lewis & Lewis were manning both the trim of the catamaran and the bar. Perhaps the deckhand and sailor were both named Luis, which would make more sense in this Spanish speaking country, but the way their names were pronounced by Mario certainly was 'Lewis'. Soon after we left the harbour Mario started pointing at buildings on the shore, explaining what they were, or used to be. We saw a sugar mill and an oil fueled energy plant, the latter leading to an interesting discussion. I asked Mario about Cuba's energy resources. In my opinion, with so much sun and wind and Cuba's precarious finances, it would make sense to use those as 'free' and renewable resources. Mario told us indeed Cuba was experimenting with wind turbines but he wasn't sure about the solar energy.