Maybe it was the heat, maybe it was our friend Daragh saying "You have to have some beach time!", but two people who are not normally big beach fans (except in winter) headed out to the beach resort town of Varadero for the day. We were both a little apprehensive about the all-inclusive deal with these places, but what the hey.......we thought we could always try and drink our body weight in pina coladas to try and get our money's worth. Here's the first round:
It turned out to be a very relaxing day - we rotated between three workstations: lying by the pool, lying on the beach, and lying on hammocks between the palm trees. I can think of much worse days than a soft breeze gently swinging your hammock while you look out to an empty golden beach and the jewel blue ocean beyond.
On heading back to Havana, our last highlights included:
Drinking mojitos at La Bodeguita Del Medio, a tiny bar where Ernest Hemingway used to enjoy his - and yes, they were very good.
Visiting the Plaza de Revolucion.
Visiting the Capitolio building - the architectural details were amazing.
Walking around Habana Vieja again and again, my favourite time being early on a Sunday morning - every time I walked around the Old Town, I saw something new.
It was then time to say adios to Cuba and fly back to Toronto. We were lucky enough to fly quite low across the city, which made me feel like we were in an air version of Bladerunner.