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Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana July 11th 2011

Some places attract our imagination more than others, and La Havana is one of these great mystical place. I don't know really where to start this entry, as there are tenth of ways to write about the Capital of Cuba. May I start by a wish, that the leaders of the country will stop keeping their own people trap like in a jail, unable to provide a lot of the basic necessities and choices that the 21st century should bring to such nice people. It's a wish, but I'm sure it's just a question of time... Why come to La Habana, multiple reasons, for the people, the cigars, the rum, the jump straight back in the past, or even for the architecture. We did all this, plus some diving and even a round of golf. After ... read more
At the Nacional
playing with the fishes...
Daiquiri at Floridita with Hemingway...

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » Matanzas June 27th 2011

FIRST CLASS OF CUBAN PRISON CHAPLAINS GRADUATE On Thursday, 16 June 2011, a total of 87 pastors and lay leaders made up the first graduating class of prison chaplains in Cuba. Co-sponsored by the Ecumenical Council of Churches in Cuba and the Ecumenical Seminary in Matanzas, the graduation took place at the Quaker Center in Gibara, on Cuba’s northeast coast. Most of these graduates, from 26 different denominational backgrounds, have done prison visitation for years. With the Cuban government’s easing of restrictions on church contact with inmates, Dr. Francisco Rodés, retired pastor of First Baptist Church, Matanzas, saw a significant opportunity to increase the Cuban churches’ ministry among inmates. “Few of these chaplains receive economic support for this work,” said Rodés, who now serves as the Cuban Council of Churches’ national coordinator for prison ministry... read more
Prison Chaplain Training Team

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

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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

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




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