There are a lot of galleries and stores with handmade items in Trinidad. It’s easy to see why many Cuban artists decide to reside in Trinidad – its beauty is definitely inspiring. At one gallery, Pat and I both immediately noticed a brightly colored abstract painting propped against a wall. The artist was sitting next to it, having just completed it. I just knew I had to have it and was amazed that the price was so affordable. The artists, Ramses, told us we would have to wait a few days for it to dry and that we could pick it up right before we left town. I’m on the plane home as I write this and the painting is rolled up next to me. It’s so exciting to have purchased my first piece of art and I can’t wait to get it home to hang it up. It’s a great memory of our time in Trinidad, plus it’s so cool to be able to say I met the artist who painted it!
One night we enjoyed mojitos and music at the Casa de Musica, an outdoor bar with life music that was packed with tourists. It was fun to people watch, especially the local guys who tried to pick up the female tourists by showing off their dance moves!
Most of our dinners were traditional Cuban food home-cooked in the casa – heaping piles of rice covered with a bean “soup”, sides of fried plantains, tropical fruits, fresh vegetables and fresh juice. Our last night, we splurged on dinner out on the town at Sol y Son, recommended by both the Rough Guide and some Brits we met on the bus ride to Trinidad. The fresh-caught fish was delicious but a bloody mary made Cuban-style by using rum and our cold chewy baked apple desserts were definitely misses.
One afternoon, we stumbled upon a local band playing covers of Buena Vista Social Club in a courtyard:
As you can see, they were amazing!