This is post from my archives. I published it shortly after my first trip to Cuba and it featured the people met during a walk around Chivirico.
Chivirico is a small village located 90 minutes outside of Santiago de Cuba and about 840 km east of Havana. It is a small rural community set between the mountains of Sierra Maestra and the Caribbean Sea. It’s a sleepy little town with a main street that fronted a rum shop, a pharmacy and a small town square. There was also a school, a church, two markets, and a bus terminal.
It also had a lot of goats. Maybe that was the inspiration for the village’s name, as chivo translates to goat. But then chivirico also describes a cheerful and lively person. So maybe the town was named after a cheerful and lively goat!
Our hotel was at a the top of hill where I had an unobstructed view of the Caribbean Sea. Looking out across the clear blue water I often imagined seeing the island of Jamaica, the country of my birth. Many things about Cuba reminded me of Jamaica. The landscape and climate were identical and the rugged little village could easily have been in the Jamaica of sixty years ago.
Here are some scenes clicked during my walk around town.
Cuba’s favorite sport is baseball and on this particular afternoon, I was treated to local game. Everyone participated. Even the goats. For those kids not old enough to play, they had loads of fun in the surrounding trees.
Photos were taken in Chivirico, Cuba. 2018
This is my second contribution to the Friendly Friday Challenge: MEET … where Sarah asks us to post about the people we meet during our travels at home or abroad. You have up until Thursday to respond, after which it’s my turn to post a new topic.
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