Maria and Pedro have a lovely modern casa in Trinidad. It was just what we were looking for, and more! First of all the case is a nice short walk from the historical area through a Cuban neighbourhood. This is just what we wanted, to be away from other tourists, and to see Cuban life as we walked to and from the old area. One night when we were really tired we took a bici taxi, which was fun.
Although Maria and Pedro are a short walk from "town", they have a brand new house. Marble floors, a large and spacious main floor which is shared with the guests, and a lovely outdoor area where you can pick your spot depending on sun or shade.
We really felt like part of the family. Sounds trite, but it was true. One night there was a birthday celebration which we took part in.
Both Maria and Pedro are fluent English speakers. For us this was key as we could have interesting conversations, and also it was easy to sort out plans and arrangements.
While we were there my partner was sick, and Maria outdid herself in her care and concern and help.
There are two guest rooms upstairs, each with their own bathroom. One faces the neighbourhood street so it is interesting to see all the goings on. The other faces the back and is quieter.
Pedro and Maria are great dancers! Ooe evening the furniture was pushed back, the music started, and the dancing began! It is the perfect setting and Pedro is a great instructor so that I felt like a mini star in no time!
For us the fact that both Maria and Pedro are English speakers made a huge difference. Of course it is easier to get to know one another, and to have interesting conversations, but they were also able to help with arrangements and phone calls to our next casa to confirm things.
Trinidad is a fascinating city and as I said in the beginning, we felt it was more interesting to be a short way from the main tourist areas, but still close to Parque Cespedes, where the main internet connection is.
And I mustn't end without telling about the marvellous breakfasts! Our favourite was the lovely plates of a variety of fruits cut up in different patterns every morning! As well there were juices, coffee, eggs, and bread or pastries. Maria also made a sandwich we took with us, as when you are a tourist, lunch is sometimes a problem and the sandwich was just right.
So in short, we loved our stay with Maria and Pedro in Trinidad. Although Trinidad was interesting, the highlight was getting to know the family. Thank you!
Jane and Kjell