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ut the outskirts of Trinidad are filled with goodies too. I chose to take a horse ride to a waterfall nestled in the neighbouring Escambray Mountains. On the way, along a rocky path, we were offered sugar cane juice and other refreshments. When we got to the waterfall we were able to swim, all while surrounded by tropical jungle - a far cry from the colourful buildings we had left behind only a few miles away. Back in Trinidad we also discovered more about the way of life for Cubans all over the country. Every other evening or so I would make my way to a local park, which was always full of people and life. Although from the outside this may seem idyllic, the parks are so busy as for many they are the only source of internet. A wifi card can be purchased from a shop on the edge of the park and with this you will get an hour of internet on one device. The parks were lined with tourists and locals alike, all trying to update their friends and social media with what they had been up to in recent days. With only an hour of internet, accessible only in a park, you may be wondering how Cubans manage to watch movies, TV shows and access other media. The Cubans are nothing but resourceful and use their community spirit to make sure everyone has access to what they want or need. Although shops are available to buy basic clothing, Cubans often opt to shop out of their neighbours’ spare bedrooms, trading clothes or selling items purchased on recent trips to Mexico. Life may seem constricted and oppressed from an outsider’s perspective but after spending some time on this mysterious island what was apparent to me was how community spirit and camaraderie can make anything possible. Cubans are proud of their country, its industry, politics and people. They are well educated and are not ignorant of their place in the world. However, whilst they listen to our stories of fast-paced lifestyles they remain content with their lot in life. Cuba was more than I expected, a breath of fresh air and full of surprises. The country has attractions aplenty and makes for a fantastic trip with a fabulous mix of adventure and relaxation. With the country only set to become more modernised in the future, there is no better time to see Cuba than now or in the near future. To plan and book your holiday to Cuba call or WhatsApp RB Collection on 01543 258631 or email vip@rbcollection.com. Book before February 28, 2021 and mention J’aime Magazine to receive a free Cuba guide book with personal hints and tips added in www.rbcollection.com/cuba 30 www.jaimemagazine.com

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