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Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » Pinar del Rio March 17th 2008

After several days in Havana, we went to the western province of Pinar del Rio, where we were just in time for the biggest festival of the year in Vinales.... read more
Pets watching us eat
Non-motorized transportation
Beautiful mountains around Vinales

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana March 13th 2008

Since Lana had to return to work in the Great White North and wasn't too excited about backpacking around Cuba anyway, just the three of us flew to Havana from Guadalajara the day after Lana flew from Puerto Vallarta to Calgary.... read more
Malecon in Havana
Buildings that need a little work
Plenty of revolutionary slogans everywhere

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Cienfuegos March 12th 2008

We’d enjoyed five fantastic days in Habana and our aim now was to get out and see more of the island. This, however, didn’t prove as easy as we’d assumed and numerous obstacles limited how much travelling we could actually do. Arranging transfers and accommodation turned out to be a real eye opener in terms of how this country operates - or, in many cases, doesn’t operate. Where to start? Initially, we were going to hire a car to get around but quickly dropped this as an option for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is expensive and costs around £50 a day for a reasonably poor vehicle; bearing in mind it would sit unused on the days we based ourselves in a location for a while this didn’t make financial sense. Secondly, although you can ... read more
On The Road
Casa Particulars
The Cuban Trinidad

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana March 8th 2008

So, via this circuitous route, we landed in Cuba and it would take a far more eloquent scribe than yours truly to even begin to paint an accurate picture of it. I should say at the outset that we haven’t had enough time here to do any more than scratch the surface of this intensely complex country whose political and cultural values are cause for heated and bitter debate. The aim is to give a flavour of the place, not justify or condemn the Castro regime that is patently flawed - so was the one it replaced almost fifty years ago. I’ll explain how we’ve interpreted the situation by the places and events we’ve seen, what we’ve established by talking to all kinds of people here, what we’ve read etc; one thing is for certain ... read more
A Beautiful City
Yank Tanks
National Heroes

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana March 8th 2008

This was the most relaxing spring break.... read more
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Central America Caribbean » Cuba March 7th 2008

Cuba was fantastic. We arrived without our luggage :-( When we checked in there was luggage every where. Understandably, Cubans go on a shopping spree in Mexico. That is if they are fortunate enough to be let out of the country. There must have been about 30 bags that where going as unaccompanied luggage. Our one backpack must have got lost amongst it. After it dawned on us that our bag had not arrived, we grabbed a cab and headed for Centro Havana. It was all a bit scary. It was now dark and the streets looked like a war zone. There where no cars and people hanging out of door ways. We found Luis´s Casa (house) that we were recommended by someone in Mexico. We walked in and it was like going back to the ... read more
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Cuba 3
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Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana February 29th 2008

CUBA Cuba is een verwarrend land. Nog steeds duizeld het enigzins als ik terug denk aan mijn belevenissen. Overigens heb ik met een positieve indruk het land verlaten. Het begon direct goed. Met de neus in de boter. Tijdens de tocht met de vliegveldbus naar het toestel groeide mijn angst. Voor ons doemde de Yakovlev YAK-42 op. Zo´n Russisch toestel waar iedereen je voor waarschuwt. Het zag er afschuwwekkend uit! Antiek ook. Zelfs de verf was al aan het afbladeren. Het interieur was niet veel beter. Vreemd was ook het feit dat de rugleuningen vd stoelen allen naar beneden waren geklapt bij binnenkomst. De temperatuur in het vliegtuig bereikte al snel de 40 graden, waardoor iedereen klaagde en zweette. Toen de motor begon te draaien en het toestel snelheid maakte om op te stijgen, wijsten de ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana February 29th 2008

Its been a week of departures. It seems the press in the outside world were fixated with Castro’s retirement and the consequent “elections”. “Elections” in a loose sense of the word, in that we are not living in democracy. It is not the people really who chose their new president. They had to vote for the new representatives in parliament but they are all from the same party. It was no big surprise to anyone here that Raul got chosen as the new leader. And whereas the outside press seems to think that this signals a big change, the ppl here don’t see it that way. They think that yes, things will start to change now but only very slowly. A good friend of mine pointed out that when things do change, there will be problems, ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana February 25th 2008

A quick stop at a internet cafe in Havanna to publish some pictures from my sailing trip. Enjoy!... read more
At the top
Look-out
The fore mast

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana February 20th 2008

January in Oxford Street can only mean one thing - sale shopping. As I joined the stampedes and elbow my way to that elusive size 10, 70% off jacket - to join the other six jackets in my wardrobe - I felt a small sense of guilt about my excessive consumerism. Fast forward two weeks and I've just landed in Havana, which couldn't really be farther from our cookie monster consumer driven society. In a country where everyone earns the same wage - disposable income and "I wonder which brand of toothpaste I should buy" just doesn't exist. People are resourceful, nothing is wasted and it seems that through the forced hand of trade embargoes Cuba has achieved the current biggest western buzz word - sustainability. Driving into town and the road from the airport was ... read more
Havana
Vinales
Maria La Gorda




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