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Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » Viñales November 20th 2007

So… after lots of false starts the Viñales adventure eventually takes place! Other adventurers joining the tenacious little English blonde: an equally tenacious German, (housemate of aforementioned blondie), suffering from a sore throat but determined not to let that stop the fun; another German who should be nicknamed “que lindo!!” for frequency of usage of said phrase, and completing the pack - the Denmarkian, único hombre who packed in such a rush he forgot toothbrush and anything warmer than a t-shirt. Viñales could be another country from Habana. Its is a small countryside town which benefits from the tourism which the natural beauty of the area attracts. Its in the Valle de Vinales, a UNESCO wolrd heritage site and a national park. Almost every house on the main street is a casa particular, yet it ... read more
making cigars

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana November 18th 2007

Heisann! (An entry in english will follow later.... Hopefully within a couple of days) Naa er jeg i gang for alvor! Reisen over gikk forholdsvis greit bortsett fra at bagasjen min ikke kom!! (selvfoelgelig) Men naa er i alle fall den ogsaa trygt paa plass! De to foerste dagene har vaert temmelig rare. Det aa forlate alle der hjemme og naa sitte her helt (i alle fall foles det saann) alene, er jo en opplevelse i seg selv. aa vite at jeg ikke ser dere foer om 8 mnd!! Det er vel ikke saa mye aa rapportere herfra ennaa.... Har egentlig bare surret rundt i byen for aa faa litt oversikt. LItt praktisk info til slutt - Internett er ikke noen selvfoelge her paa Cuba.... - Internett er VELDIG tregt her paa Cuba.... - Internett er ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana November 18th 2007

I marts 2007 rejste vi rundt på Cuba i 14 dage. Billedet viser Martin og Christina på restaurant i Havana.... read more

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste November 14th 2007

Well logically the next trip to follow Canada was.....Cuba....naturally! I was thinking the same thing but Lonely Planet got there before me with a great description of Cuba... "Controversial and just a bit conflicted, Cuba is a nation like no other rhythmic, colorful, sophisticated and whimsical all in one sumptuous breath." A quick History...... In 1933 a group of army officers, including army sergeant Fulgencio Batista (nasty facist man), overthrew President Gerardo Machado. Batista became president in 1940, running a corrupt police state with the help of the US Mafia. In 1956, Fidel Castro Ruz launched a revolution from his camp in the Sierra Maestra mountains. Castro's brother Raul and Ernesto (Ché) Guevara (Irish roots in Galway), an Argentine physician, were his top lieutenants. Many anti-Batista landowners supported the rebels. The U.S. ended military aid to ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana October 22nd 2007

The European colonizers of South America wiped out entire indigenous populations with what we know in the UK as the “common cold”… well now it seems those ghosts of the Americas past are eventually getting their revenge on an innocent group of European students in La Habana. Almost everyone has had some kind of flu-stomach-fever virus… I wont go into too much detail but several of my friends have tested out the highly acclaimed Cuban health system… Corina was “lucky” in that she got to go to a private clinic (basically for tourists, in Miramar, the district where all the embassies are) although this was in the middle of the night with a fever and after being rejected from a Cuban hospital. Tomas on the other hand got to stay a couple of nights in a ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Centro » Trinidad October 9th 2007

Trinidad Road Trip Wow, what a weekend… its gonna be a mission to try to fit in all the stories but I’ll give it a shot. After much indecisiveness and guilt, I abandoned 2 sick friends, missed another friend’s (possible) afternoon birthday dancing outing, hopefully made it up 2 her by going out 4 peso pizza and getting her a cute prez, missing my 2nd yoga class in a row… I finally decided to go to TRINIDAD on another “excursión” which seemed ridiculously cheap with a group of other European students. (Not my usual lot, they were all very ill, hospitalised or chasing a Cuban girl). The ridiculously cheap bit of course had its reasons as we found out… actually seemed ridiculously expensive at times as some of the following stories will reveal. The craziness all ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana October 3rd 2007

La Habana Journals 4 It seems the manaña attitude is seeping into my blog writing…sorry! Will try to fill in a little without writing a boring list of what I’ve done. Briefly ive been mostly… partying, drinking rum, going to the beach (in maquina - 50’s old American banger), queuing, eating ridiculously cheap ice-cream (and getting sick 1 time from it), hanging out with too many Germans and trying hard to socialize more with the Cubans! Of course, studying and doing cultural stuff 2… Monday was a shit day… I was so looking forward to taking advantage of not having classes… and then so pissed off with dead ends! It started with a pretty hilarious run down the Malecon… it had rained the nite b4 and the waves were mini-tsunamis… crashing over the wall and soaking ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana September 11th 2007

First experiences in La Universidad de Habana 05.09.07 Everything. Here. Happens. Very. Slowly. If it happens at all. It seems one of the favourite pastimes of the Cuban population is queuing… waiting… waiting… queuing.. and … waiting some more… and then actually… mañana. That’s what happened on Monday at uni - we went to enrol but we couldn’t do so until the next day because Magaly, in charge of foreign students, felt ill. Tuesday then, we went in again… I went to the first class that I was interested in - Estudios Afro-Caribeños - turns out the profe is away for two weeks so another is covering, but he teaches Arte del Caribe, which I was also interested in but I think I will only do one of the two. Four of us “extrangeros” (me, Rob ... read more

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

Cuba no es facil (Cuba is not easy....) that’s what the locals will tell you. And they are right. We left Lima, sad to finally say goodbye to South America after traveling there for 6 months, but we excited to be going to Cuba, home of Salsa, Cigars and all things Castro…. We spent all afternoon flying from Lima to Havana (locals call it La Habana) with a stopover in Costa Rica Airport. Costa Rica seems to be full of Americans, all lining up for their hit of Burger King…. Anyways we arrived in Habana at midnight. Felt a little strange getting there, immigration was full on, worse than what you get in the US. Eventually they opened the door for me, stamped my tourist card (for some reason they didn’t stamp my passport) and I ... read more
Stuck In Time
Plaza In Habana Vieja
Varadero Beach

Central America Caribbean » Cuba » Oeste » La Habana September 2nd 2007

I’ve moved into a new casa particular, owned by a lovely couple, Anita and Jorge - they live below Yamelis and Federico and but also have this house… some kind of loophole so they don’t really live here but can rent it. It’s a much better deal for a permanent stay than Casa Federico, which is really set up for tourists. Here I pay $CUC 450 a month which includes breakfast and dinner (huge tasty portions, there’s lots of fresh juice and she even manages to get hold of tomatoes which I haven’t seen in any of the markets!). There’s a German girl living here too, Corina, here for a semester to study psychology. The apartment is on a main road, Infanta, opposite a Catholic Church, near the uni and the Malecón. It’s on the ... read more

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