Friday, 3 February 2017
Friday saw us on a field trip to the King Ranch outside Camaguey, and yes, you read that right. The King Ranch ultimately ran cattle not just in the US, but in Venezuela and, yup, Cuba.
Today the ranch is operated, of course, by the Cuban government and, as far as I can tell, it is purely a tourist destination, but a good one.
Our Road Scholar group was greeted by an honor guard, treated to an opening concert, a tour of the ranch, a rodeo, and then a visit to the nearby village. That was, perhaps, the most interesting part of the day, as we got to see rural life in Cuba in one of the poorer areas of the country. We were invited into a home, heard about local services (the village has its own school and a primary care physician).
|Pig roasting in the hut|
|Rodeo. Unfortunately the grandstands had just been painted so we viewed from within wagons. Not such good images as there might have been.|
After that we were treated to a pig roast. Lots of good food for us carnivores. They did take care of the vegetarians among us, but not as well. Throughout the trip, the vegetarians did have some food issues. They always ate, but not always as well as the rest of us.
|Noontime concert. We bought the CD.|
|Noontime on the ranch|
|Roping practice for some|
|You see these water jugs throughout Camaguey province, part of the traditional system to capture and purify rainwater|