I’ve been looking forward to this year, and think a blog might be the way to communicate with loved ones.
I had a drink and cigar with Ernest Hemingway today. I wished you were here, Mum, during my other brush with celebrity.
In a back street bar, Amarando Fernandez, the ninety year old pianist from the Beuna Vista Social Club played for tips from the local drinkers.
I bade farewell to Viv, then flew to Havana, where I am renting a room in a family’s unit.
I spent my day sightseeing.
We visited this pyramid
after swimming at Ik Kil Cenote.
We took a flamingo tour today from Valladolid to Rio Lagartos, which is a fishing village.
Our boat took us through mangroves with crocs, birds and this strange crab
to the flamingos.
We also stopped to see the red lake.
On the way back to Valladolid we visited the Mayan pyramid, Ek Balam.
Back in Valladolid, we had a tasting at a tequila distillery,
where I bought the original chewing gum.
We looked up at trees and the sky through a hole in the cave roof at Samula Cenote near Valladolid. The sun’s rays revealed how clear, colourful and deep the water was.
We strolled to nearby Xkeken Cenote, passing on the uncomfortable looking sofa.
Xkeken had tree roots suspended from the trees above and stalactites to swim around.
We caught a bus to the small town of Valladolid and settled in at our hostel.
We wandered the pastel coloured colonial streets,
which boast a few Mayan touches.
Seeking respite from the blazing heat in cafes, we drank lemonade with basil,
and ate egg tortillas in pumpkins seed sauce.
We explored a 500 year old Franciscan convent.
On our way home, we stopped to look at the art in a restored mansion.
The skies opened,
so we waded home.
We’re stuck inside this rainy evening, hence the long post!