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Beach Day in Guardalavaca

May 12, 2015

What happened…

Andrew writes: After such a long day yesterday we weren’t really in much of a hurry to get going today. In my head, I thought that we would make really good time to Banes, since it was only about 50km away. Boy, was I wrong on that front. Punished by a brutal wind much of the way, which was deceivingly also up-and-down (false flats), we didn’t end up getting to Banes until after 3’o’clock.

Along the way we met Peter Hanzel, a retiree from New Zealand. It was one of those meetings where we pulled off onto the side of the road, and just chatted for what seemed like an hour. We probably could’ve kept on too, but for a lack of shade, and beer. Peter had just started his tour in Holguin, and was keen to cycle some of the same stretches of coastline that we did between Guantanamo and Pilon. After Cuba, he’s off to the UK to motorhome to Portugal where he’ll surf all winter, and then next year, he’ll motorhome adventure again in North America. He sounds like our kinda chap. We wish him well, and hope to cash in on his offer for a place to stay at his beach house on the North Island of New Zealand one day.

Our hosts in Banes were tremendous, as most Casa owners tend to be. Manuel and I spent much time in front of his computer, swapping movies and music. He runs a business out of his home supply media to other families in town. Every week, “El Paquete” is released and distributed throughout Cuba on foot, in trucks, horseback etc. It’s basically a couple of gigabytes of Internet media (TV shows, movies, Youtube viral videos, music, music videos etc.) that then gets shared all around the country. Not happy with what there is to watch on the 5 channels of Cuban television, many Cubans are “cutting the cord” and watching bootlegged copies of “The Voice” in Espanol instead. Just another way that things here are just different, but not necessarily in a bad way.


Today’s Photographs

Will you Mayari me?
Beach Day in Guardalavaca