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Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana June 21st 2011

I arrived to Cuba once again with little or no idea of where I was staying or even where in Cuba I was gonna go and how long I would stay in each place. In fact, all I knew of Cuba was the information I’d managed to retain from reading another backpacker’s Lonely Planet Cuba guide for a couple of hours on the eve of the flight. I never meant to go so ill-prepared and I’d always planned to read up a bit more, but what with all the beaches to lie on and the jacuzzis to soak in I just hadn’t found the time. One thing I had found out was that it’s a hefty $25 USD taxi ride from the airport to downtown Habana. I made big efforts to save some money and come ... read more
El Capitolio - Downtown Habana
Jorge Making Mojitos
Mojitos on the Terrace

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » Matanzas June 9th 2011

LEIGH WROTE A WONDERFUL STORY ABOUT OUR TRIP TO THE CAVE WITH A MAGICAL SWIMMING HOLE (SEE PICTURE OF RACHEL FLOATING). SADLY, THE STORY COULD NOT BE FOUND AT PRESS TIME. IF IT TURNS UP, WE WILL POST IT LATER. KNOW THAT LEIGH IS BACK TO HER OLD SELF AFTER A FEW WEEKS OF AN ENERGY-DRAINING AND BELLY-ACHING SICKNESS. Joy Cucita Ever since I stopped going to Cuban school, I have had a Spanish teacher named Cucita. I go to her house for class every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2-3 p.m. I have noticed a great change in my Spanish since I started classes with her. She has helped me a lot and I am grateful. Cucita’s house is on the main street called 2 de Mayo. It is about 2 ½ blocks from the ... read more
Joy and Cucita
Leigh and Her Cuban Teachers
Pressure Point Treatment

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana April 23rd 2011

Long time no see aye :) Kay so I didn't know internet was hard to come by in Cuba, like I didn't know a lot of things when I arrived in Havana(amongst which the address of the hostel -.-' ) but that wasn't really a problem. It just meant that the blog wouldn't be updated as frequent as some people might want it to be ;) For those of you that didn't notice yet, I am writing this entry from the Hostel(which I did manage to find :) in Havana, Cuba. And as far as my first impressions go, it(Havana) is really cool but a bit scary at the same time as there is police, army and cameras all over the place. So when I arrived at the hostel I was immediately warmly greeted by the ... read more
Frontside
Sugar-rush here i come :)
Alma mater at el universidad

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana April 18th 2011

Ok, this is just a little heads-up ;) I am ok and having a ball in Cuba, but internet is scares and so is time. I will be travelling to Mexico the 21th, so thats probably when i will be making the next entry. Untill then, happy greetings out of la Habana, Cuba. Peter.... read more

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » Matanzas April 8th 2011

From Las Ninas Have you ever wondered about a Cuban baptism? Would you imagine that it would include collecting firewood, pasture sledding on palm leaves and swimming in a lake afterwards? I bet ya’ll think that is crazy, but for us - normal. Well, usually we don’t pasture sled but sometimes we swim and the firewood was collected for a bonfire we made to cook a stew to eat after the baptism. Before the Baptism the kids, grownups and teenagers separated into groups for a retreat for Lent. The kids walked around the lake, skipped rocks and played. The teenagers talked under a tree and the grown-ups did a bible study. After some songs, some of the teenagers climbed up the palm trees and got some of the dead branches and cut them with machetes. We ... read more
Homemade coconut pie
Leigh's Class Learning About Healthy Eating
The Bici Taxi

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Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » Viñales April 8th 2011

Vinales Soroa The final destination on the tour around Cuba is Vinales on the west side of the island. We stop off on the way from Santa Clara to Vinales at Soroa. Soroa probably has quite a lot to offer but as this is a stop-off on the way to Vinales and we just have time to visit the Orchid Garden here. The gardens have more than 25,000 species of orchids from around the world with the microclimate of the region being particularly suitable and it’s not long until I’m filling up another memory card in my camera. Vinales Vinales itself is a small town set in a beautiful limestone valley. The limestone has been eroded leaving a lot of interesting rock formations called magotes. The area is now a UNESCO World Heritage site with a ... read more
Vinales
Didn't I Have Something Important To Do Today?
Vinales

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana March 28th 2011

After the cold and rain of the Andes, I decided to finish my trip with a month of sun, salsa and partying in Cuba. The flights worked out the same price to fly to the UK via Cuba or from La Paz directly. When I arrived in Havana airport the difference to South America was very noticeable. At midnight the air was humid and the temperature was still in the high 20s. We took a taxi in a 1950s Buick to a soundtrack of salsa with an extroverted afro-cuban taxi driver who flirted outrageously with the two Danish girls I had met in the impossibly slow immigration queue. Despite that it took me several days to organise the paperwork and a morning to obtain the visa, the officials didn't ask me to produce any of the ... read more
Casa de La Musica, Centro Habana
Plaza Vieja
Plaza Vieja

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana March 23rd 2011

Nights Out In Havana Despite having five weeks in Havana there is no shortage of things to do in the evenings. Apart from the more obvious attractions in the centre of the city there are many small theatres, cinemas and cultural centres in the surrounding areas. Many of the bars, even away from the tourist areas, will have some sort of live music even if it is only a couple of guys with out of tune guitars trying to earn a few extra pesos. Drinking Beer Drinking beer is a really good way of improving your Spanish. I find that after drinking a couple of beers I start to become really fluent in Spanish and that beer drinking is an important part of the learning process. During my first few days in Havana I am under ... read more
The Big Beer Challenge
Solo De Gato
At Teatro Bertolt Brecht

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana March 20th 2011

My latest life update is certainly a marked change from the previous ones (except those, of course, which have to do with illnesses I’ve had while traveling). Last Thursday, I was admitted to the Cira Garcia hospital for an emergency surgery to quell internal bleeding (and monstrous pain) that was a result of a rupture in my lower abdomen. In this way, I was able to explore the Cuban medical system from a very intimate point of view. The first thing I would like to mention is the extremely thorough nature of their pre-op diagnoses. They asked questions, performed tests, and took x-rays and other images without question, and when they’d settled on a cause and plan of action, I was immediately put into pre-operative care. From the time I arrived at the hospital until the ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana March 20th 2011

Habana Vieja Habana Vieja is the criss-cross network of narrow streets and squares which formed the original town. One of the guidebooks suggests there are more than 900 buildings of historical significance in this small area and I find that easy to believe. Like in other areas of Havana, every building seems to be an architectural treasure and I have no idea how many museums there are here – almost every building seems to hold some sort of collection. I’m told by my Cuban friends that the whole area was seriously dilapidated a few years ago. A lot of work has been done alongside UNESCO in restoring four of the main squares and some of the surrounding streets. Eusebio Leal Spengler, the city historian who has initiated a lot of the work and attracted much of ... read more
Hotel Ambos Mundos Pulls The Crowds In
Old Havana
The Iglesia De San Francisco




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