Snorkelling in Cuba

We went on a catamaran boat tour in Varadero, Cuba, this past Xmas. We were first taken out to a concrete pen in the middle of the ocean to swim with some dolphins. I’m not a bleeding heart animal activist, but that whole experience felt wrong. It was also a case of false advertising. A dolphin did some tricks for us and we got to touch it, but we never got in the water and swam with it. After that we stopped at a coral reef for some snorkelling.

Everyone put on a small floatation belt, masks and snorkels were handed out, and we jumped off the end of the boat after receiving not a word instruction. We just jumped into the water, the warmest ocean water I’ve ever been in.

This is the part where I nearly died.
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The Mangy Dogs of Cuba

Jenny and I stayed at the Sirenis la Salina all-inclusive resort in Varadero, Cuba, from Xmas to New Year’s day. It’s like being on a cruise ship but with a beach and palm trees — and mangy dogs. Friendly, but mangy. It was the same during our trip to Havana. Friendly mangy dogs all over the place. What follows is only a sample. (All my Cuban animal photos are also posted on my Picasa page.)

Mangy dog #1:

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A Cuban Bird of Prey, Other Birds, a Hermit Crab and a Goat

Sticking with the animal theme, I noticed a few more photos of birds from my trip to Cuba. I don’t know what any of them are, so feel free to identify them for me. I saw this bird, for instance, on the way to Havana.

(The next and last animal-themed set of photos from our trip to Cuba: Mangy Dogs. After that: Cuban Cars. Stay tuned!)
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