Lots of Lomas
The Far East

May 6, 2015

What happened…

Andrew writes:
Woke up today and decided that I didn’t want to ride bikes. Spent the day soaking in the sun, sand and surf instead.

Did some more snorkelling, including getting out past the break to the edge of the reef where it just drops off into blue ocean. Amazing! It was like in “Finding Nemo”, the fish got bigger in deeper water, and looking back I saw all of the little fish darting in and out of the coral.

I’m going to go on a little bit of a rant here. I’m getting tired of being treated like an ATM by some of the people we encounter. There was the Casa the other day in Guantanamo, where every little thing cost $CUC. Want a beer? Ok that’ll be $1.50CUC, and pay before. Your bike repair? Oh that was definitely $5CUC. Then last night at dinner, we were presented with a bill from the waitress for 150 pesos ($6CDN). The meal was good, we each had half a chicken basically, so we paid..curious about the cost, I asked how much dinner would be tonight, and the manager told me the chicken was 20 pesos ($0.75CDN). Dinnertime comes and we had the exact same thing as the night before; the waitress brings us a bill for 180 pesos this time. Oh, sorry, my mistake she says when I challenge her on it. She walked away and came back with a bill for 70 pesos which is a lot more like it. Everywhere we go, this is repeated..because of the colour of our skin, we are treated like we have fat wallets. Some might say that I’m quibbling over nickels and dimes here, but at the end of the day, this is my life savings!

I hope that we can find more of these alojamientos, in fact, I wouldn’t mind just crashing in one for a week somewhere, just to enjoy more beach time. I’m turning into a real bum in some ways – homeless, jobless, beaches. Amanda wants to always be riding bikes, and yeah, that part is great, but we’re often reminded that we have nowhere to be, and nowhen to be there, so why not take every good opportunity to relax, and have fun while we can!


Today’s Photographs

Lots of Lomas
The Far East