torek, 19. januar 2016

Od frustracije do inspiracije

[6. december 2015]
Trinidad je vsekakor zanimiv, a mogoče precenjen. Množice turistov in nadležni domačini, ki nekaj ponujajo ali od turistov zahtevajo - šampon, kemični svinčnik, dežnik “za otroka”... - mu vsekakor vzamejo precej čara. Dejansko nekateri prebivalci delujejo prav pohlepni, taksisti recimo zahtevajo trikratno ceno, celo za obisk stranišča je ženska zahtevala denar, čeprav ponavadi prodajajo le toaletni papir ali pobirajo prostovoljne prispevke. Poleg tega je očitno tako oblegan, da tega javni prevoz ne prebavlja. Za jutri so baje vsi avtobusi zasedeni in bo treba improvizirati. Verjetno bom vzel taxi colectivo do Sancti Spiritusa, pa čim prej rezerviral karte za pot nazaj do Havane.

Res je soparno in vsi se na veliko potimo. V takem vremenu mi nekako ni do športanja in bom preskočil obisk bližnjih parkov, čeprav so verjetno zanimivi. Bogu hvala, vsaj z vodo nimajo težav in se lahko brez ovir tuširamo. Kakšno mora biti tukaj šele poleti! Ne razumem ljudi, ki gredo na Kubo julija ali avgusta.

(...) Po popoldanskem počitku sem se ponovno odpravil v staro mestno jedro. Po poti sem se večkrat ustavil in prosil domačine, če jih lahko fotografiram. Praktično vsi so bili zelo prijazni in nihče niti ni pričakoval česa v zameno, tako da sem z velikim veseljem uspel narediti nekaj krasnih fotografij. Kakšno nasprotje dopoldneva!
“Most of all I love Cuba's musicality, robust culture, wonderfully preserved history, and the fact that it can frustrate you one minute and unexpectedly inspire you the next." (Brendan Sainsbury, Lonely Planet: Cuba)
S taksistom sem potrdil dogovor za jutri (upam, da še koga najde) in začel iskati večerjo. Pa po Viñalesu in Cienfuegosu še tretjič srečam Nemko, tokrat v družbi dveh simpatičnih Madžark in družba za večerjo je bila zagotovljena. Ogromno smo se nasmejali, pogovarjali, risali dinozavre, jaguarje, kubanskega glasbenika s pivom in učiteljico. Vzdušje, prostor, družba … skoraj popolno (mogoče je za odtenek zaostala hrana, z izjemo odličnega malanga ocvrtka, s katerim so privabljali goste). Da je bil večer prijetno zaokrožen, smo po krajšem sprehodu pristali ob piña coladah v Casa de la Música, se pogovarjali, poslušali glasbo in se zavrteli v ritmu salse (odkljukano!). Z objemom sem se poslovil od deklet in po poti razmišljal, kako res drži gornji citat.



From frustration to inspiration

[December 6th, 2015]
Trinidad is indeed interesting but perhaps overrated. The crowds of tourists and (sometimes) annoying locals definitively take some charm from it. Moreover, it's so popular public transport can't handle it. All the buses (in all directions) are said to be fully booked for tomorrow. I'll have to improvise - I'm thinking about taking a taxi colectivo to Sancti Spiritus. It's also probably a good idea to book the remaining tickets from there to Havana as soon as possible.

It's very hot and humid these days. Everybody sweat a lot. I don't feel like sporting in such weather that's why I'm going to skip the visit to the nearby national parks even though they are supposed to be interesting. Fortunately, it seems like Cuba doesn't have any major problems with water so we are able take a shower regularly. I cannot imagine what's here like in summer. I don't understand the people travelling to Cuba in July or August.

(...) After an afternoon nap, I headed to the old town once more. I made several stops asking the locals if I might take a photo of them. Everybody was very kind, not expecting anything in return at all. I managed to take some good photos. Such a pleasure! What a contrast to the morning!
“Most of all I love Cuba's musicality, robust culture, wonderfully preserved history, and the fact that it can frustrate you one minute and unexpectedly inspire you the next." (Brendan Sainsbury, Lonely Planet: Cuba)
I reconfirmed the deal for tomorrow with the taxi driver and started looking for dinner. It was a pleasant surprise to encounter the familiar face for the third time (after Viñales and Cienfuegos). This time the pleasant German girl was accompanied with two charming girls from Hungary. They were hungry too, so the company for the dinner was assured. We were laughing a lot, talking, drawing dinosaurs, jaguars, a musician and a teacher ... The atmosphere, the place, the company - perfect! (Perhaps food could be better though - with an exception of delicious malanga fritters they were serving to invite the guests.) To round up the evening we went for a short walk and then ended with piña coladas in Casa de la Música talking, listening to the music and dancing salsa (checked!). At the end of the evening, I warmly hugged the girls, wished them all the best and said goodbye. On my way to the accommodation I was thinking how true the above quote is.

1 komentar:

Anonimni pravi ...

It was indeed a lovely night!! And we are such artists, hehehe. :) Hope to see you again soon!