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Travel Blogs from Havana
... speaks no spanish. Between mimmicks and demonstrations trying to explain what they need this kit for, craig grabs a climbing mag that features him new routing in puerto rico, unbelievable the guards calm down and let them board the plane with the new routing kit! So...I know attempt to translate this into spanish... First obsticle none of them have ever flown, so I explain the two bags for flying, I just about manage to get the key points across to mikael in my ...
... if they can get visas, but the professional class has to get permission before they can travel and this process may take a minimum of 3 years - as they do not want a brain drain situation.
Every where the socialist lack of thoroughness is evident as is the over staffing of jobs, everybody does their job to the letter but never beyond, even if it is obvious what is needed. It therefore takes an inordinate number of staff to do any task, and then it is done to the lowest ...
An unplanned stop in Sancti Spiritus
Back in Ciego de Avila in the early afternoon, we wanted to immediately continue our travel westwards to the city of Santa Clara. Unfortunately independent and spontaneously planned travelling has its advantages and sometimes, as it was now the case, its difficulties. Despite Ciego de Avila being praised in the Lonely Planet as the regions efficient transport hub, the little town was a logistical disaster. When ...
Back in Havana, another great Casa Particular (owned by friends of the owners of our first Casa) and Havana is still a great place.
Travelling between destinations is an excellent means to get some inside information on the country as most taxi drivers speak a bit of English which, combined with our meagre Spanish, allows for ok conversations. So, some random facts:
- Prostitutes are sent to special prossie prisons for 3 to 5 years, they'll ...
... will not be available to the average Cuban.
-Tabasco sauce is imported from Europe, despite being made in the USA.
- although some larger farms use mechanised harvesters, most farmers use a pair of oxen for general farm work
- Sugar cane is the largest crop grown in Cuba.
- The rum and cigar industries are synonymous with Cuba, and both employ large numbers of people.
- The Bacardi rum distillery was originally in Cuba, but the Bacardi family fled to ...