VLOG Driving in Trinidad. Travel has an uncanny ability to broaden our horizons, challenge our perspectives, and create lasting memories. One such memorable journey took place when I embarked on an adventure with a group of 20 enthusiastic Australian students of mine to explore the enchanting streets of Trinidad, Cuba. The experience was captured in a captivating video as we navigated the cobblestone streets in bus, immersing ourselves in the rich culture and vibrant atmosphere of this historic Cuban town. We also went to see some amazing Cuban Son and rumba dancers, where we took some dance lessons. That will be video number 2!
Driving in Trinidad
Trinidad, located in the Sancti Spíritus province of Cuba, is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed town that transports visitors back in time. With its well-preserved colonial architecture, colorful buildings, and a palpable sense of history, Trinidad offers a unique glimpse into Cuba’s past.
Our journey began with the group of eager Australian dance students, each brimming with curiosity and a sense of adventure. As we landed in Cuba and made our way to Trinidad, we knew we were in for a remarkable experience. The anticipation was high as we geared up for our ride through the town’s iconic streets.
As we ventured deeper into the heart of Trinidad, the sensory experience was overwhelming. The rhythmic clatter of hooves against cobblestones, the colorful facades of colonial buildings, and the vibrant street life filled our senses. Trinidad seemed frozen in time, a place where the past and present coexisted harmoniously.
Beneath the Trinidad Sun: A Cultural Sojourn
Our Bus ride took us past bustling markets, where locals bartered for fresh produce, and artisan shops showcasing handmade crafts and souvenirs. The students couldn’t resist the temptation to engage with the warm and welcoming Trinidadian people, striking up conversations and practicing their Spanish skills.
The aroma of traditional Cuban cuisine wafted through the air, luring us to explore local eateries. We sampled mouthwatering dishes like ropa vieja, a savory shredded beef stew, and yucca con mojo, a popular Cuban side dish. Dining in Trinidad was not just a culinary delight but also an immersion into the heart of Cuban culture.
Music and Dance: The Soul of Trinidad
Trinidad is renowned for its vibrant music scene, and we were fortunate to witness impromptu performances by local musicians on the streets. The infectious rhythms of salsa, son cubano, and rumba filled the air, beckoning us to join in the festivities.
It didn’t take long for some of our adventurous students to jump into the dance circles that formed spontaneously. The passionate Cuban dancers welcomed them with open arms, teaching them the intricate steps of salsa and rumba. The fusion of Australian and Cuban dance styles created moments of pure joy and connection.
We also brought our students to cuban son dance classes. We asked them to put on their dance shoes and get into cultural cuban dance such as son cubano, rumba cubana, Salsa casino and more. Here are some videos bellow.
Discovering the Local Arts Scene
Trinidad is not just a place for music and dance; it’s also a hub for the arts. Our tour led us to art galleries showcasing the works of talented local artists. The students were captivated by the vivid colors and unique styles on display, and many couldn’t resist purchasing artwork as mementos of their journey.
As we explored Trinidad’s arts scene, we were struck by the creativity and resilience of the Cuban people. Despite economic challenges, they continued to nurture and celebrate their artistic heritage, reminding us of the power of human expression.
Nightlife in Trinidad
We couldn’t resist to bring our students at night to La Cueva Club. La Cueva Club, also known as Disco Ayala, is an underground dance club situated far below ground in a natural cave. It is set by colorful lighting among ancient stalactites and rugged cave walls.
Entering La Cueva Club felt like stepping into another world altogether. The combination of colorful lighting, ancient stalactites, and rugged cave walls created an ambiance that was nothing short of magical. Our students were not just witnessing history; they were dancing and celebrating in the midst of it.
The pulsating rhythms of Cuban music from salsa to reggaeton echoed through the cave, beckoning everyone to the dance floor. It was here, amidst the cool underground air and the warm camaraderie of fellow dancers, that our students truly appreciated the essence of Cuban nightlife. La Cueva Club offered an experience like no other, and it was a testament to the richness of Trinidad’s cultural tapestry. It was a night to remember, one that left our students with memories to cherish and stories to share for years to come.