After our first night in Cuba I headed up to the Marina office to chat with Janet, the resident liaison, for marina guests and Cuba. She would arrange cars, rooms and laundry for us while we were here. The boys came with, and being little boys started to tear the office apart… after the drawer face of a filing cabinet got ripped off I kicked them out of the office to play. Janet and I continued to chat as they came and went playing chase etc. – burning energy off.
Janet arranged a taxi for the afternoon and this is his car. It is a sweet 1979 Lada 2107 which he has completely redone and customized including speakers, subwoofer, new engine and tranny, digital deck with video, rims, paint and decals. Awesome. He even has two horns, one for traffic and one for the ladies which if you hit it just right sounds like a catcall. We took the car to Guardalavaca and the best beach in Cuba. We went and changed money and hung out in a cigar shop at one of the hotels for drinks. The high season here is December to April, after which there is little going on and most people don’t really have that much to do – more time for us to talk to them!
Victor took us to the restaurant after Guardalavaca which was awesome. The food was great and it is run by three bothers and a sister all of whom live within 100 feet of the restaurant. When you go to the bathroom you can see the backyards of the brothers houses which have pigs, chickens and goats running around. The boys got us a tour and we even saw a pair of new born goats.
Victor has 4 children, two 19 year old boys (one was free), a 16 year old daughter and a 3 year son. The boys took to him immediately and he obviously knew what he was doing when it came to playing with kids.
We headed back to the marina and said goodbye to Victor. It was time for bed so the kids ran up and down the dock until we corralled them onto the boat for bedtime.