Panama Canal (Day 5)

December 19

Last Day in Cuba

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[We were tendering in for a return trip to the Bay of Pigs.  Had we realized we were going to spend as much time there as we did the previous day, we may have opted for a tour of Cienfuegos.  Nevertheless . . . ]

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[Back to the docks, lining up our bus and tour guide . . . ]

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[And this is why this was still a good option.  When we returned from Playa Giron the previous night, traversing this road in the dark was quite exciting – creatures of all sizes and shapes would meander out on to the road, usually cows or cattle, and there were spots of extreme potholes – we may have averaged 25 mph in the night.  In the daylight, we now had a better look at what we were up against . . . ]

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[Our tour guide was Luis, as knowledgeable and affable as he looks . . . ]

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[Potholes, carriages, farm equipment, autos . . . it ran the gamut . . . ]

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[Henry Reeve (April 4, 1850 — August 4, 1876) was a brigidier general in Cuba’s ‘Ejército Libertador’ (Army of Liberation) – more commonly known as the ‘Ejercito Mambi’ – during the First Cuban War of Independence (Ten Years’ War) (1868-1878). In his early years, he was a drummer in the Union Army during the American Civil War.  (Wikipedia)]

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[I can’t remember?]

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[I’m glad I had a front row seat for this trip . . . ]

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[Fidel . . . ]

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[And we had heard about this the previous day.  Now we got to watch the live performance – local farmers bring their rice to the highway where they spread it out for drying . . . ]

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[Uh-huh, for miles and miles . . . ]

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[And chickens apparently have a taste for rice . . . ]

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[Coming into Playa Giron . . . ]

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[And more rice . . . ]

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[Back at the Playa Giron Hotel and the Bay of Pigs . . . ]

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[A breakwater . . . ]

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[Luis explains the set-up . . . ]

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[And a wave does break on the breakwater . . . ]

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[Another beautiful day in paradise (well, if you like hot and sticky) . . . ]

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[Almost La(ke) Victoria . . . ]

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[Back to the museum . . . ]

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[Luis explains what happened . . . ]

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[And this is this the history from the Cuban perspective . . . ]

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[Heading back to Cienfuegos, the rice is now being spread over half the road.  Yes, cars drive on it, animals walk over it, apparently all just adding to the flavor . . . ]

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[Back through town, where stuff is happening . . . ]

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[Back in Cienfuegos, the big city . . . ]

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[The charisma of Che is such that I think you see more of him than of Fidel?  He was an Argentine doctor who apparently was the only true Communist among the revolutionaries.]

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[Tendering away from Cienfuegos back to the Viking Sun . . . ]

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[Adios, Cuba!]

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[A night as a table for two.  We always wanted to be part of a group, but I think they misunderstood us this night.  Cheers!]

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[As I recall, the Super ordered sea bass . . . ]

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[And though I’m not a fan, I ordered coucous because it sounded like it had lots of good things with it . . . ]

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[I was wrong – it still had the taste and texture of cardboard!  The Super wasn’t really happy with her bass, so we switched plates.  It turned out to be a double winner!]

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[After dinner with the Viking Classicial Trio . . . ]

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[And the gingerbread Christmas village, then it was off to bed.]

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Old and young, we are all on our last cruise.  ~  Robert Louis Stevenson

Up Next:  Jamaica?

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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2 Responses to Panama Canal (Day 5)

  1. G. says:

    Interesting story about the rice. You see, you learn something new every day about Cuba — thank you!

  2. Rita Simon says:

    I read just the other day, that one should be careful about giving too much rice to youngsters, in that it all contains various levels of arsenic? I guess we bigger persons are safe enough. Reetz

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