Adventures in Cuba
I've recently returned from the most wonderful vacation in the south seas. Darwin and I (along with 84 other people) went down for our friends' wedding in Cuba - what a place to get married, it was absolutely beautiful!
Unfortunately, the country was hit a few months ago with a rough hurricane that wiped out a lot of fruit/veggie crops, meaning a limited supply for the resorts (who get first priority for these things). Consequently, papaya (my favourite!) was only served for the first 2 days of my trip, and lettuce, which is my daily staple, was NOT served every day. I was super bummed, however, I did get plenty of fresh organic (apparently they don't spray down there)ripe fruit every day - watermelon, baby bananas, oranges, grapefruit, pineapple, cucumber, and tomatoes .
The groomsmen looking dapper in their shorts and ties. My hunny is second from the right 🙂
Finally, the happy married couple, yay!!!
Me and Laney, waiting for the wedding to start!
The highlight of this trip (besides the wedding, of course), was the day we visited a local Cuban's home. When Darwin and I went biking with our friends Elana and Rob, I had to stop when we passed a custard apple tree. Oh how excited I was!!! As I snapped some photos, the owner came out and asked, in broken English, if I liked this fruit. Yes yes, I exclaimed - and he picked one for us to eat. Upon seeing how much I enjoyed it, he picked 2 more and explained that one was ripe for eating today, and the other would be ready in a few days. How sweet of him! Despite the language barrier, Mario and Darwin got chatting up a storm when we discovered that he's a carpenter. He showed us his little workshop (very primitive), and while I stayed outside to eat the fruit, he took Darwin into the house to see a bit of his handy work. The whole thing really touched my heart. Sure, you can travel to these countries and stay in the "bubble" (resort), but I find it so enriching to experience some of the culture.
Ah what a trip - great memories! Can't wait for another adventure south...wonder where that will be?!