Cuba #2: On to Cayo Cruz

The week in Jardines went quickly, and before we knew it our boat was steaming in to port. The rest of the fishing group was headed back to Havana, but I had a taxi waiting to take me north to Cayo Cruz, the newest in Avalon's Cuba destinations.

My taxi driver was a wonderful guy named Lazaro, who spoke very good english and was eager to share Cuba with me. We had two hours in the car together, and it was really one of the best parts to my trip. I had much more opportunity to really view the way of life in Cuba, which is sobering to say the least. Average wage in the country is $10-$20 per month. People are friendly and happy, even though they are eager for change. 

My taxi driver Lazaro.

My taxi driver Lazaro.

Lazaro kept apologizing during our trip, and having to pull over to let his radiator cool down. He said that next time I come to Cuba he may be driving for Yellow Cab, and would have a better car!

The Cuban people are excited and hopeful about a changing relationship with the US. Everyone I spoke with said that they loved their country. One man put it simply by saying that Cuba's only problem is economic, and that the money available to the average Cuban is insufficient.   

The Cuban people are excited and hopeful about a changing relationship with the US. Everyone I spoke with said that they loved their country. One man put it simply by saying that Cuba's only problem is economic, and that the money available to the average Cuban is insufficient. 

 

People make do in Cuba, with what they have. I saw this time and again with people scraping together old bits and pieces to make carts, wheelbarrows and wagons.

People make do in Cuba, with what they have. I saw this time and again with people scraping together old bits and pieces to make carts, wheelbarrows and wagons.

True to what you have heard, old American cars are all over Cuba. Some are like this, well-cared for and restored, but many are rust buckets belching smoke with an old Russian engine under the hood.  

True to what you have heard, old American cars are all over Cuba. Some are like this, well-cared for and restored, but many are rust buckets belching smoke with an old Russian engine under the hood.

 

Typical Cuban house in the countryside, with a very common mode of transportation parked out front.

Typical Cuban house in the countryside, with a very common mode of transportation parked out front.

Rice is an important crop in Cuba, second only to sugar cane. How do they dry the rice after they harvest it you ask? Well, they dry it on one lane of a country road of course!  

Rice is an important crop in Cuba, second only to sugar cane. How do they dry the rice after they harvest it you ask? Well, they dry it on one lane of a country road of course!

 

Workers bag up the rice once it has dried.

Workers bag up the rice once it has dried.

After the long drive through the country, I finally arrive at Casa Romano in the town of Brasil. This is the land based accommodation for anglers fishing Cayo Cruz.

After the long drive through the country, I finally arrive at Casa Romano in the town of Brasil. This is the land based accommodation for anglers fishing Cayo Cruz.