Friday, May 08, 2015

Cuba 2015 Part Five

One night two of us wandered down to the beach to try and get some sunset pictures.  They turned out okay.  I like the first one here of the silhouetted fishing dude.




There were some lizards around the resort, but not a huge amount, at least not that I saw.  I did see this guy a few times, or maybe it wasn't the same one each time.  It was around the same area, and he looked about the same size, so it could have been the same one.



According to my oldest kid, the lizard was feeling threatened, he curled his tail up and started bobbing his head up and down, he said they try to make themselves look bigger.  I wasn't really very close to him, the pictures are all zoomed in.  He only did it for a few seconds then stopped.

 Fresh coconut!



Didn't drink too much of it, didn't want to upset the innards, but it was good.


I am a Diet Coke fan, they call it Coca Cola Light.  Had to buy this stuff, but it was cheaper than buying it here at home.  


My favorite tree on the whole resort, it was the only one I saw that looked like that.  And yes, that IS me and Hubs standing under it.  Had my picture taken a few times, but I don't like it.  Needed proof I was actually there!


Last day at the resort we took a horse and wagon ride back up to the little market.  Hubs wasn't there and already had his two hats.  He's a Flames fan, notice how they spelled Calgary, lol.


We didn't see many cats around the resort, just a few.  This little guy showed up around the pool, but he wouldn't get very close to anyone.  



More lounger views the last day...




The board said our plane was on time, but it wasn't, it was about an hour late.


Our plane.


First stamps in our passports!!!


The girls when we got home.  It was the first time I'd ever been away from them for more than two nights since I got them.  Jewel was so worked up when I got in the house she was hyperventilating.

Happy knitting!

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Cuba 2015 Part Four

There are tons of old beautiful cars in Cuba.  We were in Holguin, but our next trip may be to Varadero as my parents want to go.  It's close to Havana, and my Dad wants to see the old cars, that's his thing.  These two were taxis.



Five of our group decided to do the double decker open top bus trip to Guardalavaca one day, it's only 5 pesos each round trip.  One of the coolest things we did, albeit windy up top.  I got wind burn on my camera arm, lol.  I had my arm hanging off the top of the bus the whole time there and back, constantly snapping pictures.  They go in to other resorts, too, so you get a glimpse of what some of the other ones are like.  


More old cars used for taxis at the market.  Loved this old one.



There are some pretty neat things at the market.  Warning, though, you have to be careful with anything wood, Canadian customs can take it from you.  If it's well varathaned you should be okay, but definitely check things over, look for bug holes.



Beautiful leatherwork.  Next trip we would like to get a couple of these for the rec room.





Some of the houses in Cuba are quite cute, but some are really ramshackle and look like something you'd keep livestock in.  One thing I found very sad is there's no garbage collection, so there are spots on the sides of the roads in the ditches that are just strewn with garbage, it's a shame.









After the bus tour we grabbed a quick bite to each and headed to the beach for some more snorkeling.  That's pretty cool, too.  The fish come right up to you, people take bread down and feed them.  I didn't have an underwater camera, but the next trip down I will.  Very pretty fish, bright yellow and blue, white and black tiger stripes, orange.... I found a couple of starfish, and one day we saw what we thought was a rock, but it was some sort of flat fish crawling along the bottom of the ocean floor.




Since it's windy there all the time the ocean is kind of rough.  Had to be careful along the edges of the shore, it's all sharp, sharp coral.  But there were lots of cool fish along there.  They also had lots of needle sharp urchins.







Happy knitting!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Cuba 2015 Part Three

So one morning before it got too hot A and I decided to go for a little walk.  Hubs had read that Cuba had no poisonous snakes or bugs.  On our walk we came across this freshly killed snake.  He might not have been poisonous, but he wasn't small, either!


There were a bunch of goats along the side of the road.  I do love goats!



Egrets.


About a 10 minute walk up the road from our resort is a new market they built within the last year.  It was the third year in a row coming to this resort for two of our group members, and they said they were building this place last year when they were there.






The bag on the top right came home with me.


See the light purple dress/cover up hanging on the left?  That came home with me as well.




On the way back the buzzards had started clean up on our snake friend.



The face only a mother could love, lol.  I know they are like crows back here, excellent for cleaning stuff up, but they aren't very cute in the face, that's for sure.


Baby goat!


April 8th was M's birthday.  This waiter was my favorite waiter, he was a sweetie.  


Something had gotten lost in translation the day before when we made the reservation, and M ended up with a pink cake.  I think they thought it was for one of the ladies in our group.


It matched the pink bag I gave him his gift in, lol.


Oh, look, socks! lol

Happy knitting!