Santa Clara

Santa Clara

We traveled from Cienfuegos through the central area of Cuba to Santa Clara.  The countryside was highly cultivated. The mango orchards were ripe with fruit not yet ready to harvest.  The fruit currently available in Cuba was disappointing except for the bananas which were small but tasty.  Since it was early April, the watermelon, papaya, guava, cantaloupe and pineapple served in the buffet breakfasts were not sweet.  Santa Clara has a population of 700,000 and was founded in the 1600’s.  We visited a senior citizen’s center where we were treated to a dance demonstration and a lecture concerning the activities of the participants.  They dance, play dominoes and other games, go on field trips, do handicrafts, cook and mentor children in need.  Theyt were much more active than the senior citizen centers I have experienced.  I had the opportunity to dance in Cuba with one of the men.  He was quite a dancer.  The buffet lunch at a local restaurant was quite expansive.  Again the pork was well-flavored and there was a nice selection of vegetables.  Most of the desserts that I was served in Cuba were ice cream.  The few times I was served cake were disappointing.  The flour is coarse and the result is not tasty.  The bread is good.