On 20th March, huge waves hit the coast line of Baracoa. There was no rain in sight. But the metereologists said it was a phenomenon due to the arrival of a cold front from Canada. very high waves pounded the Malecon which was already fragile and much damage was done. 20 houses were washed out. 200 hourses were damaged. we were always afraid that some natural catastrophe would be dangerous to Baracoa since the structures are mainly of wood and fragile.
1000 people had to move and Carlos Lage visited the town promising a quick return to the normal.
what was interesting that a few days earlier for the first time in recent memory WHALES made an appearance.. which is highly unusual and then PELICANS arrived also unique.. The older people said that it was a bad omen and that something was in store. Yes something was in store..
so if you dont hear from your friends in baracoa, please be patient..
The road to Baracoa, either from Moa in the north, or from Santiago in the south, are both fascinating, however, as with the rest of Cuba, it is always prudent to take food and drinks in the car. There are very few restaurants on these routes, and oftern, if you find a restaurant, they have no food.