Trinidad – Jennifer Leisure

Known for their embroidery and soliciting, Trinidad sits between palm tree covered mountains and the teal Atlantic Ocean. High in a bell tower, my classmates and I looked over rows of red clay rooftops under pastel painted homes. “Museo del Romántico”, a preserved home of a Spaniard in the heart of the city, is a unique two-story home with a courtyard, brick oven, and balconies. Unlike Havana, where balconies are attached to almost every home and apartment, many buildings in this city serve to connect the public with barred doors and windows. In the town’s center, we glanced inside a few homes and were amazed by their elegant decorations and furniture. Away from the museums and souvenir shops, on narrow cobblestone roads, buildings with chipped paint, crumbled steps, and cracked doors became more common. All in all, Trinidad and the drive through beautiful rural Cuba were worth the long daytrip.