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Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana July 12th 2007

In February 2008, after 49 years at the helm of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro stood down as president in favour of younger blood - in this case, his 76 year-old brother, Raúl. Optimistically, George Bush welcomed the news by saying that Fidel’s departure “should be the beginning of a democratic transition in Cuba that should lead to free elections”. Equally fancifully, many less ideologically driven commentators have been expecting dramatic changes to take place ever since Raúl took over as acting president in mid-2006. Both the ideologues and the pragmatists are still waiting. The fact is that Cuba is the only truly communist economy... read more
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Calle Obisbo, Havana Vieja
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Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Centro » Trinidad July 11th 2007

Today was spent walking the cobblestoned streets of Trinidad. It's so picturesque. We visited the Romantico Museum where they showed lots of fine art, pottery and furniture. We checked out a rations store and had drinks in a bar listening to a group called Septeto Rafael Saroza. The average age of the band members had to be 80yo. The bassist looked like a meerkat. You can see him in my Travel Photo Album under Trinidad photos. ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Centro » Trinidad July 10th 2007

Today we left Habana for Trinidad stopping at Santa Clara along the way. There is a monument here housing Che Guevara's remains. It's a really beautiful place. Under a huge statue of Che is a kind of tomb with death masks of each of the Cubans whose remains were found in Bolivia with Che. Then we drove through the Sierra del Escambray (Topes de Collantes). A beautiful drive if I wasn't suffering from heat stroke. I tried to sleep it off in the van. We finised up in Trinidad in the afternoon. This place looks just like a postcard. During our road trip Erik and I exchanged MP3 players -- he listened to Australian music (Grinspoon was his favourite) and I listened to Van Van. Erik explained the reason for the coloured license plates in Cuba: ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana July 9th 2007

Today was the first day of my Havana Tour! I'm in a group with just myself and an English couple in their late 40s. Geri is a nurse and her partner, Alan, is a builder. Our tour guide's name is Erik and our driver is Jose. Today we visited: - Museo de la Revolucion where students tried to overthrow the dictator, Batista. They really could cull half of the museum artefacts. - Partagas Tobacco Factory - La Bodeguita del Medio (Hemingway claims it makes Havana's finest mojito and they charge accordingly) - Havana Club Rum Factory - Castillo de la Real Fuerza - Palacio de Revolucion (huge metal image of Che Guevara on the side of a building) - Casa de Museo Ernest Hemingway (I haven't read any of his works but he sounds like a ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana July 8th 2007

And it's like a movie! The first things that struck me: green vegetation, music, the number of black vs lighter skinned Cubans and the heat (it's 30C and so humid that I had to shower once I checked in). Flying in to Havana you can see nothing but lush green vegetation and then driving from the airport you see sign after sign of Fidel and/or Che. My hotel isn't what I thought it would be, it's like something out of a 1940s film. It's called the Hotel Sevilla. I took a walk down to the Malecon (boardwalk) and there were hundreds of kids swimming. A few of the olders ones asked me to join them, they're a friendly bunch. A little too friendly at times, one particular man followed me back to the hotel the whole ... read more

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Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Este » Baracoa July 6th 2007

After a 16 hours long overnight bus ride we arrived in Santiago de Cuba today. Of course it looks a lot different than Varadero and I am very glad about it. We are staying at a 'casa particular' which is just renting a room at a private home or apartment. It is a very common and cheap way here to find a good accomodation. Often they also offer breakfast and other food if you pay a little more. So we just have a small room and a bathroom and that's about it, but we don't need more anyway. We haven't seen much of the city yet because we just got here and we don't know either how long we will be staying here. Who knows... :-) This week they have a Caribbean Festival here with ... read more


After a 16 hours long overnight bus ride we arrived in Santiago de Cuba today. Of course it looks a lot different than Varadero and I am very glad about it. We are staying at a 'casa particular' which is just renting a room at a private home or apartment. It is a very common and cheap way here to find a good accomodation. Often they also offer breakfast and other food if you pay a little more. So we just have a small room and a bathroom and that's about it, but we don't need more anyway. We haven't seen much of the city yet because we just got here and we don't know either how long we will be staying here. Who knows... :-) This week they have a Caribbean Festival here with ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » Varadero July 3rd 2007

So, I made it to Cuba, it was a long and uncertain trip since the German railway announced strikes for early Monday morning - which was excactly when I had to take the train to Frankfurt airport... So I decided to just take the very first train (at 5 in the morning, after about 2 hours sleep), hoping that it might not be affected yet. I was wrong... Already after half an hour the train stopped in Freiburg. Luckily after an hour they decided to go on and I got to the airport on time. The flight was long and boring but I slept most of the time anyway. Here in Varadero, I met Gabi who's travelling with me until September. She was in Costa Rica before so we just met up at a hotel ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Cuba June 30th 2007

Hallo Ihr Lieben! Ja, ja! Es ist wirklich eine Weile her, dass wir uns gemeldet haben. Aber wie wir ja gesagt und mittlerweile auch erlebt haben, war und ist es auf Kuba nicht ganz so einfach eine funktionierende (schnelle) Internetverbindung zu finden!!! Jetzt sind wir aber in Argentinien (nachdem wir ein paar Tage in Mexiko verbracht haben) und es ist uns moeglich Euch von unserer wirklich tollen Zeit - hauptsaechlich zusammen mit Steffi - auf Kuba zu berichten!!! Also, schon einmal vorne weg: Kuba ist fantastisch! Die Landschaften sind unglaublich; die Leute sind super klasse; das Essen ist toll (solange man in "Casa Particulares" - Privatunterkuenften bleibt) und das Wetter ist unschlagbar!! Ihr seht, wir hatten eine wirklich tolle Zeit! Dann lasst uns doch mal anfangen!! Havanna Wir sind schon ein paar Tage vor Steffi auf ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana June 25th 2007

last stop Cuba Paul Michael James Drea Well my flight with Cubana got cancelled but i didnt find out til clo had already checked in for her earlier Mexicana flight, god knows what i would have done if i had turned up the normal 2 hours before departure. Since the flight cubana had put me on was hers leaving 3 hours earlier. anyway it was kinda a stroke of luck and meant we both got to havana at the same time. Strange place, it has the cars, some great buildings, pretty decent people.not a lot in the way of shops,obviously. it had some really run down bits and some very very skinny cats and dogs. the sight of one black cat in particular and a kitten that seemed to be abandoned will haunt me forever. ... read more
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