Day two, first lessons learned

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On our way to the beach. Maybe there's a hint in the sunlight coming from behind.

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.

The walk way over the laguna
The little buggers got to me several times and then told all their relatives and distant cousins there was the sweetest fresh blood in from The Netherlands. I will not show you any photographs, but by the end of this vacation I look like I have been shot several times with a hunting rifle, the mosquito leaving a dense pattern of hail pellets like bites on my sunburned body.

 

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.

More of the good life @ the pool that afternoon.

 

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.

I had seen a chocolate fountain before, but never a shrimp fountain :)
Near the equator the sun is much more intense than back home. This of course is a known fact to us because we often travel to the tropics. Lots of lotion with a sensible high shield factor is applied in generous amounts. I do like to get a tan, don't mind a (s)light burn, but definitely don't want to look or feel like a lobster :)

 

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.

Sweetski says:
Coming right up Kelly! Thanks for contributing so many reviews :)
Posted on: Feb 19, 2010
TravellingAuntie says:
More! where's day 3, 4, 5?
Posted on: Feb 19, 2010
Sweetski says:
Sylvia, indeed it was the time difference that woke me this early. However, in the tropics there is a different time table all together. The sun rises early, roughly the same time year round, and sets just as early in the same manner. My wife adores the tropical rhythm. I like the siestas :)
Posted on: Feb 18, 2010
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On our way to the beach. Maybe the…
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The club house. Jacomien later fou…
The club house. Jacomien later fo…
The walk way over the laguna
The walk way over the laguna
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More of the good life @ the pool …
I had seen a chocolate fountain be…
I had seen a chocolate fountain b…
part of the eco Laguna
part of the eco Laguna
Beach bar from afar :)
Beach bar from afar :)
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So early, beach bar is still clos…
First glance at the sea
First glance at the sea
Look to the left
Look to the left
Look the right
Look the right
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You know it is going to be a roma…
Wife at the shore and you may gues…
Wife at the shore and you may gue…
One of the cute little Ruddy Turns…
One of the cute little Ruddy Turn…
Loved the view
Loved the view
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I feel treasured moments of the g…
Heron in the laguna
Heron in the laguna
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The tennis courts just behind our…
Jacomien picking something nice fr…
Jacomien picking something nice f…
The buffets were magnificent.
The buffets were magnificent.
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Fresh meat prepared as you like i…
evening sets in early in the tropi…
evening sets in early in the trop…
...so we rushed to the beach to ca…
...so we rushed to the beach to c…
Had to cross the laguna first of c…
Had to cross the laguna first of …
Darn... too late. Well, perhaps no…
Darn... too late. Well, perhaps n…
See how fast it gets dark in the t…
See how fast it gets dark in the …
Dinner buffets are excellent too.
Dinner buffets are excellent too.
The chef changed the theme of the …
The chef changed the theme of the…
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The building we have our room in.…
the fabulous starry night sky
the fabulous starry night sky
The crab, no doubt scared sh*tless…
The crab, no doubt scared sh*tles…
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