Trinidad: A beautiful city

Trinidad surely is a beautiful old city. During a walking tour, we had the opportunity to view some of the old mansions that had been preserved as museums at the end of the 20th century, as well as a large church and lovely central square. The steps to the square were mobbed on Friday evening before Easter Sunday to view a religious procession.

A sign of the continuing poverty in Cuba can be discerned in the number of activities still performed with horses, mules, and donkeys. Ranchers ride horses in overseeing their fields, rickety small carts pulled by emaciated ponies dot even the major highways, careworn donkeys appear in the cities.

Part of the tour involved stopping into an art exhibit in which coffee pots were employed to symbolize the status of women in Cuba. Coffee pots bent forward are symbols of submission: Let me get your coffee. Upright coffee pots are symbols of equality: I’ll get the coffee; you do the dishes. Coffee pots bent backwards symbolize independence: Get your own coffee.

With our tour finished, it only remained to hold a farewell dinner at the Paladar San José, overlooking the plaza and the Good Friday religious parade.


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