Santa Clara y Trinidad

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July 10th 2007
Published: August 25th 2007
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Today we left Habana for Trinidad stopping at Santa Clara along the way. There is a monument here housing Che Guevara's remains. It's a really beautiful place. Under a huge statue of Che is a kind of tomb with death masks of each of the Cubans whose remains were found in Bolivia with Che.

Then we drove through the Sierra del Escambray (Topes de Collantes). A beautiful drive if I wasn't suffering from heat stroke. I tried to sleep it off in the van.

We finised up in Trinidad in the afternoon. This place looks just like a postcard. During our road trip Erik and I exchanged MP3 players -- he listened to Australian music (Grinspoon was his favourite) and I listened to Van Van.

Erik explained the reason for the coloured license plates in Cuba:

Blue - state run cars (obligated to pick up passengers at designated traffic stops)
Yellow - private car
Black - diplomatic
Red - rental or for tourist
Green - military
White - ministers
Orange - (HK) cars belonging to joint ventures with foreigners

I'm seeing lots of Chinese made cars on the streets. It looks strange compared to the models I'm used to seeing in Sydney.


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