Day two, first lessons learned
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Good lord, will you look at the time:
04:23h. I don't think I have ever been up this early :) However, I do feel
quite refreshed after a good night sleep and getting up early sure provides me
with a fabulous sunrise photo opportunity. So, off to the beach it was only to
find out I was in for a learning opportunity as well. Today I was taught a
valuable lesson on the local wildlife; mosquitoes. Coincidence had it we were
the first people on the beach today to see the sunrise and we were also the
last on the beach because we went back later that evening to catch the sunset.
Now.., what was it about dusk and dawn and mosquitoes..? Apparently those are
the times of day they are at their most active. To my dismay I can solemnly
testify that what they say about the mosquitoes is true.
Okay, so back to the sunrise. Well…, I
never actually saw the sun rise. Apparently I still had to get my bearings,
because the sun was not rising over the ocean as I expected. Instead it rose
over land. Still, it was nice to be on the deserted beach. To get to the beach
we had to cross a bridge over a lagoon that is a bird and fish sanctuary and
part of the hotel's eco-friendly strategy. Still water and mosquito larvae…,
hmmm what was it about that combination??? Anyway, once on the beach we noticed
it was nice and clean. We met a little bird there that was the cutest little
thing. It scurried along the shore with its friends, all rummaging the sand for
something to eat. Research back home learned we saw the Ruddy Turnstone.
After the morning beach / sunrise photos we went to the pool area and lay there for a few hours to recover from our extreme long day and tiresome flight. Soon came lunch and afterwards a wonderful siesta. At 16:30 we had to be at the conference room where our local tour operator's representative would hold his infomercial. Eider (who met us earlier at the airport) held his sales pitch in the nightclub (conference room was not available). He handed out a booklet with lots of info. And told us our tour operator stopped filling the info maps in the lobby because of all the Dutch Canadians (who immigrated in the late forties and 1950's) who always nicked the leaflets from the book for nostalgic reasons. Or as Eider would say: they'll steal anything with Dutch writing on it.
Eider also told us there were no dangerous
animals on Cuba. No poisonous snakes, or spiders or anything. He did warn us
about the mosquitoes but that proved to be too late. Eider mentioned there was
only on thing dangerous on Cuba and that is the sun.
At around 19:30 dinner followed. It was one of the best, if not most spectacular buffets I have ever seen. The dinner buffet was only surpassed by the fabulous starry night that was well worth taking a photo of. To do so, after dinner I lay down on the path that led to our room. It was completely dark and the path was only scarcely lit by a distant light. A lady walking on the path got the scare of her life when she came across me. In order not to scare her I said "good evening" as a means of letting her know I was on the path. It was only at that moment that she jumped from the shock. She said that from a distance my legs had looked like tree logs so, she hadn't given me any further notice. After this little incident I also spotted a crab in the grass, and then went to bed relatively early, still a bit shaken from our flight.