|Typical rural home (photo by Diana Kim)|
I don't know about you but when I visit a place previously know to me only through historical news footage I expect to find it in a similar state. I remember being surprised by what a large, modern, fully developed city Hiroshima was when I visited. The same went for Darwin, previously known to me through footage of the terrible Cyclone Tracy of 1974. Somehow I was expecting a dusty, scruffy, mangled town, not the lovely, fresh, tropical city it is today. Silly of me, I know!
|The Bay of Pigs, peaceful and beautiful|
I'm not sure what I expected to find at The Bay of Pigs (Bahia de Cochinos) the location of the USA's ill considered and ill fated attack on Cuba in 1961. What we did find was a large, sleepy bay its turquoise waters filled with bright tropical fish. On a hot day it was just calling out for us to dive in. The coastline is rocky and steep so a dip requires climbing down a ladder into the sea. Despite the glorious weather the sea was turbulent, five minutes in swimming and we had had enough so spent the next half hour lounging in the warm tropical sun.
|A relaxing day in the tropics at the Bay of Pigs|
|Giron Museum (photo: Diana Kim)|
|A British Hawker Sea Fury, used by the Cuban Air Force|