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I am thwarted in my desire to spend another month in Cuba by Cubana, who, despite earlier promises, refuse to allow me to change the dates of my return flight and so I make my way back towards Havana from Trinidad.

To avoid returning the same way I came I take a loop through the Escrambay Mountains – a detour which provides me, over the course of an afternoon, with the only serious climbs of my entire Cuba trip.

The only vaguely mountainous day of my Cuba trip. The mountains offer a few expansive vistas...

...and...

...some unfamiliar fruits. These are 'apples,' a pear-shaped, crisp, sour fruit that I've never come across before.

An intriguing piece of roadside art - a shrine to the mushroom gods perhaps? Whatever it means is is surely another shining example of Cuba's inability to embrace social realism.

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  1. Will Kemp | April 19, 2011 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    That fruit looks like rose apple to me. Known, i think, as jambu in Indonesia and Malaysia. Possibly Syzygium samarangense. A relative of the Australian lilly pilly, anyway, with very similar (but bigger) fruit.

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