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Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana January 23rd 2014

Saavuttiin sitten vuorokauden myöhässä Varaderon kentälle. Meitä suomalaisia omatoimimatkaajia oli menossa Havannaan kahdeksan. Otettiin kaksi taksia. Taksi maksoi 90 pesoa eli noin 68 euroa.... read more
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Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana November 13th 2013

The final stop on the Latin American leg of my travels was Cuba, and to help me finish this chapter and start the next my sister was able to fly out and meet me for a 2 and a half week holiday! How fantastic! A personal recommendation had allowed me to book a “Casa Particular” in advance. This huge network of Cuban families who rent out extra rooms in their houses is certainly the cheapest and most atmospheric way to travel through the country, and looking back on the trip I can certainly say that the casas were fantastic – each one being of a very high standard and always having their own quirks – both positive and negative!! Our introduction to Cuba was the capital Havana, resplendent in a kind of faded glory, where some ... read more
Havana Bay looking out towards the lighthouse on the headland
Che Guevara - his image is on the side of the Ministry of the Interior
A Coco Taxi

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana September 2nd 2013

Walking around the streets of Old Havana, it feels like the city has not changed in a long time. The majority of the wonderfully architectured buildings have not seen a coat of paint, let alone any maintenance in decades, whilst the potholed streets have piles of rubble and debris that has fallen from above, and the sound of salsa bands and old men playing domino's echoes from within the hollow buildings. If the street is large enough, then an American Yank Tank from the 50's will roar past full of big Cuban men with their arms firmly planted on the open windows, trying to let in any cool air from the oppressive heat. If it is a small street then expect to see a motorbike with sidecar splutter past, or a bicycle tuk tuk painted in ... read more
Street Art - Havana Centro
Lane way in Old Havana
View over Havana

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana July 27th 2013

While planning my trip to Cuba, I was concerned about spending too many days in La Habana. I don't care much for big cities, particularly in Latin America, but my friend was pushing to spend three nights in Habana to start, and then one more before leaving the country. In the end, we ended up leaving the Cienfuegos / Trinidad area a day early to get more time in Habana, which in the end might be the most interesting and entertaining city I've ever visited. We still didn't end up making it to some of the places we wanted to see in and around the city, so I'd say it could be necessary to spend about a week there overall to do it properly. What makes it completely different than other big cities in the world ... read more
La Bodeguita del Medio
Museo de Hemingway
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Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana June 29th 2013

So after an eventful journey, my tip never fly on a long flight with Air France totally rubbish. We arrived in a very hot and humid Cuba. We jumped in a taxi and headed for the Casa in La Habana. The place we were staying was a lovely little flat looked after by a friendly lady. We ventured out the first night to have a look around and of course find some Rum! We visited a lovely bar and listened to some good music and drank some cocktails. Havana is an Interesting place to visit, spent the days walking around looking at the amazing old buildings that are being restored and watching the classic cars pass you. Drinking rum, smoking cigars and talking to friendly locals (even if they are all trying to sell you somthing) ... read more
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Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana April 14th 2013

From cancun we flew to Havana with Cubana airlines, I had heard about their bad reputation as being literally the most unsafe airline in the world, but as it was saving us over $600 to fly with them we really had no choice. After taking some mexican pesos out to change to cuc when we arrived, we realised the airport ATM wouldn't let us take out as much as we wanted for the whole trip. Combined with the exit fee and Cuban visa costing more than we expected we left for Cuba with less money than we would have liked. For those who don't know, due to the American embargo, no American affiliated credit cards would be accepted in Cuba. Including our master card, even though from Australia! An hour later we were boarding our plane. ... read more
Another abandoned building
Down by the sea, locals swimming
One of the many old cars in cuba

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana February 21st 2013

After a long few months struggling to find a real job while working possibly the worst job in London as a charity fundraiser in a call centre, I finally struck gold when I was accepted for a job as a travel consultant. When I heard the words "congratulations you got the job" I was jumping for joy. I found out on my break during what would be my last shift at the call centre. At that moment I wanted to pull a Jerry Maguire and throw papers in the air, yank out my headset announcing "I quit". Wisely, I decided to finish my shift and leave gracefully. Although I was ready to begin work immediately, I was told that I would have to wait six weeks until my training would begin. I had already decided I ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana February 14th 2013

I went to Museo de Bellas Artes, Cuba's premier art gallery. In terms of museum content, it could be my favourite art gallery I've ever been to. I loved 90% of the paintings and sculptures which were mostly from the art deco period. My favourite painter is an art-deco artist called Tamara De Lempika, and all of the pictures displayed contained elements of her work with a Latin twist. The paintings were a mix of Cubism, art-deco, neoclassical mixed in with African abstract forms. I had never known Cuba has such a large art culture and anyone thinking art and culture are suppressed in authoritarian states would be surprised to see such a collection. In Cuba, each town has a Casa de Cultura, art centre and most of the galleries are totally free. However, although there ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana February 11th 2013

Day 469 Tuesday 22nd January Today we started our journey back across this island to the town of Varadero and then eventually Havana for our onward flight to Panama. The bus wasn’t leaving Baracoa till 2 in the afternoon so this gave us time to walk the town once more and to check our email. After wasting an hour on a slow internet line in the Etecsa office we had one final look over Baracoa and felt glad we are moving on. We sat on the front porch of our casa reading till our cycle rickshaw guys turned up around 12.45 to take us down to the bus terminal. The guys were really nice blokes and I asked about how they fared with hurricane Sandy last year and he told us that ... read more
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Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana February 7th 2013

Getting up at 7am was pretty difficult again but the class went by reasonably fast. I was starving by the break and tried to find the school canteen. Something I was doubtful even existed. When it comes to food, I've learnt to have low expectations. However, there was a canteen that sold some form of corn snacks which tided me over! The canteen and common room wasn't pretty but better than nothing! And on the wall as you entered was a condom machine so everyone could see you buying condoms while having their lunch! After class, the Hungarian girl, Esther and the other girls and I went for lunch in a little place called Colina. Esther is nearly 40 but looks half her age thanks to her raw food diet. She literally only eats salad and ... read more




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