Friday, 7 June 2013


I hadn't been home from university four days when Dad drove Erica and I to the airport. We were on our way to conquer Holguín, Cuba! It was Erica's first time traveling without her parents and my first trip down south. We stayed at Brisas Guardalavaca which was absolutely beautiful; I would definitely recommend it. Number four on my Summer Bucket List is "Do something I wouldn't normally do. A good portion of the things I did in Cuba count towards that.


The trip itself was something I wouldn't normally do. While I live for traveling, my parents don't seem to be as gung ho on the traveling as me and so I never really had the means to go far. Hence why going to the city is a big deal.

However, it was more of what I did that was out of the ordinary.

Starting from the top left going clockwise: I held an alligator! Or maybe it was a crocodile. I can never remember which is which (do you know? Let me know in the comments!). It has got to be one of the coolest things I have ever felt. I figured it would be rough and tough feeling. Nope. They are really soft. Their skin is loose too. It was like holding a leather handbag.

I swam with dolphins!  These dolphins were hamming it up too; they knew just how to make us laugh.  Erica and I really lucked out with the dolphins too.  Normally, you would only have twenty minutes with the dolphins, and there would be a bunch of people in with the dolphins at the same time.  She and I arrived at the park with two young couples from Yorkshire and the guide said if we got ready really quick, he would let the six of us in with the dolphins before the next boat came.  You can imagine we had our life jackets on in o time.  Not only did we have the dolphins to ourselves, we had them for the better part of an hour!  Dolphins feel really cool too.  They feel like the material that tents are made out of.

In spite of their size, ostriches are pretty chill.  These ones were anyway.  It was cool to feed them, much cooler than feeding ducks at the duck pond.  This big bird couldn't care less that we were in there, and was only interested in me when I had food in my hand.  I love how he looks like he's yelling at me in the picture.

I shot a gun!  It was just a pellet gun, but still, I had never shot any sort of gun before.  I'm not good at it.  I only hit one of the targets and I think it was a fluke.

I had never ridden a horse before.  I loved it, it was so fun!  Erica was nervous, and the guide kept teasing her about it too.  It was funny (sorry Ery).  It was a nice day to be riding too, it wasn't too hot out.  My horse took me through the thorns though, and I still have the mark from where one got me pretty deep.  Oh well, now I've got something to show from my trip!

This here pretty drink is a Zombie.  We saw it on the menu in the cappuccino bar, and asked the bar tender (who was awesome by the way) what it was.  He told us it was orange juice, grenadine, and three kinds of rum.  It's called a zombie because that's supposedly what you feel like after drinking it.  I beg to differ.  I thought it was absolutely delicious and I felt fine afterwards, but maybe I'm weird.  10/10 would drink again.

I drank out of a coconut!  Self explanatory really.  I didn't really like the coconut water, but it was so hot that day I was just happy to have something to drink.  I wish I could have taken it home with me.

Just me and a bottle of Havana club!  I didn't think it would be right to go to Cuba and not get me some Cuban rum, and when I saw the price I knew I'd be stupid not to.  I haven't opened it yet.  I'm saving it for a special occasion.

Not pictured: I sang karaoke! I like singing and while I'm no super star, I can carry a tune.  Singing in front of people makes me nervous, but I thought, "hey, I'm in Cuba, nobody knows me here, so it doesn't matter if I end up making a fool of myself!"  So, Erica and I went up and sang Hey Jude like it was nobody's business.  While we didn't win, we got a lot of positive feedback.  I know that karaoke is on the schedule for this year's upcoming frosh week, and maybe my experience in Cuba will have given me enough confidence to sing in front of people again.

So there you have it folks, nine things I did that I wouldn't normally do, and I loved every second of it!

1 comment:

  1. In response to your question whether it was a crocodile or alligator, it was not a crocodile. The Cuban Crocodile is near extinction and therefore off limits. What you were holding was either an alligator or a caiman. Not really sure which you were holding.

    Justin, The Forklift Driver