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Cienfuegos Cupolas and Sea Breezes, Cienfuegos, Cuba travel blog

Cienfuegos Cupolas and Sea Breezes

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Cienfuegos sits on Cuba's southern shores within a sheltered inlet. With increasing frequency, reverence towards Fidel's Revolution is presented on large billboards as one approaches the city. These proclamations, which appear to have been in place ...

Roses are red, violets are blue..., Santa Clara - Remedios, Cuba travel blog

Roses are red, violets are blue...

A travel blog entry by marktjhung

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... I know exactly. it's something like this - a few years ago, mel's cute pharmacist's wife's cousin's mother's television repairman visited Cuba and met this random old Cuban poet dude in some random cuban town. They became mates and mel's cute pharmacist's ...

Viņales: Guajiro and Karst Country, Viņales, Cuba travel blog

Viņales: Guajiro and Karst Country

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... their respective signs to advertise that accommodation is on offer. The town has become the third most visited destination in Cuba, after Varadero and Havana. Although tourists transform the main street on a daily basis, we were impressed that the locals ...

Homage to Comandante Che, Santa Clara, Cuba travel blog

Homage to Comandante Che

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... with Che's team of nineteen rebels is recognized as a pivotal event that spurred on Fidel's continued conquest of Fulgencio Batista, Cuba's then-contentious leader, who fled to the Dominican Republic on January 1st, 1959.   The Monumento a la Toma ...

The third cuban instalment..., Trinidad, Cuba travel blog

The third cuban instalment...

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... impression on me. My parting message - Cuba is wicked. Go there... So - to the Top 5.  Propaganda is everywhere in Cuba.  As expected really.  In the press; on the sides of buses; on the buildings scattered all over the cities.  ...

Las Terrazas: White and Orange Solidarity, Las Terrazas, Cuba travel blog

Las Terrazas: White and Orange Solidarity

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Las Terrazas was conceived in 1968 as part of a reforestation project to replace former coffee plantations. The town itself consists of long-house style, free-standing white concrete houses all consistently framed with either orange or blue shutters and ...

Microcosm Amidst Dilapidated Beauty, Centro Habana, Cuba travel blog

Microcosm Amidst Dilapidated Beauty

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... couples or the lone trombone player contemplating his next ballad, while Chinatown is strangely absent of any Chinese people. Key Cuba Learning Points - ATMs only accept Visa credit cards with a 3% fee charged, no debit cards accepted - Bring Canadian ...

Slipping into the tempo, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Slipping into the tempo

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I start out Sunday in what I hope will be the routine of the day: up at 6:00, swing open the small door above our metal patio doors, and let the cool approaching day flow away the stale, air-conned atmosphere of our dim room. Itīs still dark out. The ...

Cuba in Mind, Vinales, Cuba travel blog

Cuba in Mind

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... , in spite of its problems, that what this country is doing is right. I'm sure we're on the right track.'" -- Cuba cooking personality Nitza Villapol, author of what has been reproduced in English (without permission or payment) as the best-selling The ...

Parental Leaving, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Parental Leaving

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... is willing to pay me to take Parental Leave, I ask "When are we leaving and where to?" Cuba seems a perfect destination for travel with kids: no rampant tropical diseases, a great health system, a reputation ...

Backwater, Remedios, Cuba travel blog

Backwater

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Politely described as tranquil, and impolitely as boring, Remedios may be a bit quiet even for us. One of the two churches in town is closed for renovations. When we go to the music museum next door, it too is closed. Frequently, these places are shut ...

Feliz in Cuba, Trinidad, Cuba travel blog

Feliz in Cuba

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Julie and I both celebrate birthdays while in Cuba. Mine is today, but "celebrate" is too strong a phrase for what I anticipate. Our three days so far in Trinidad have been pleasantly relaxed, with nothing more exciting on the schedule than occasional ...

Adrift, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Adrift

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... our last night -- her previous guest has appendicitis and can't checkout. This means we have no place to stay our last night in Cuba, and no chance to hear for a last time the music that is Centro Habana after dark. Many calls later, we relocate to a ...

Recouping, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Recouping

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... , cold remedies, allergy and asthma medications, etc. Thankfully, some is in powder form, or the weight would be brutal. Cuba has a famous medical system -- the largest number of doctors per capita, I believe -- and an equally famous lack of medical ...

Chickens, Vinales, Cuba travel blog

Chickens

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"Deseo la muerte de todos los pollos en Vinales." My Spanish is good enough to convey my feelings to my hostess this morning, but bad enough to get it jumbled. I originally say "por" instead of "de" thus implying a wish for a death by chicken, not the ...

Complications, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Complications

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... subsides and sleeps, but it's an eon before we do. Julie is crying a lot, so concerned for "my little girl, my own." And me? Cuba was my idea. My campaign. I think maybe it's time to end this trip. I promise to call the airline in the morning and find ...

Lost photographs, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Lost photographs

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For every memorable photo that captures something of Cuba, there are so many missed. Sometimes we want a camera-free day -- to ensure we're seeing where we are with both eyes. Sometimes a camera just seems too personal. Or impersonal. Below are moments ...

Mas Tranquilo, Trinidad, Cuba travel blog

Mas Tranquilo

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... , the house is full of marble floors and al fresco wall paintings. Spaniards shipped all the marble over from Italy, not realizing Cuba has its own plentiful and varied supply. Julie aborts the attempt to climb the bell tower after the ascent to the ...

Farewell, Trinidad, Trinidad, Cuba travel blog

Farewell, Trinidad

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... 's impression is that the austere conditions havenīt inhibited learning. Small classrooms, small library, small resources, but happy learners. Cuba has the best literacy rate in the Americas.You canīt walk many blocks without hearing a classroom or ...

Rebel with a Cause, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Rebel with a Cause

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... make it to Pan.com for lunch. Julie has been keen to sample the shakes and burgers here since reading the Lonely Planet description "Cuba's answer to Subway." I suspect one of the foods she's craving this far into the trip is a pizza sub. We're in the ...

Hemingway's Cuba, San Francisco de Paula, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Hemingway's Cuba

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... Cuba. The resulting photograph is on the wall of Hemingway's old haunt, the Hotel Ambos Mundos in Habana Vieja. Whether Hemingway ditched Cuba for mental or political reasons, I don't know. His gift of the villa to "the Cuban people" saved Castro the ...

The Un-Varadero Escape, Matanzas, Cuba travel blog

The Un-Varadero Escape

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Thirty-two short kilometres from Varadero provides an authentic, grittier Cuba than the 'polished utopia' within the all-inclusive resorts. Not one crimson-coloured sunburnt tourist in ...

Remedios, Remedios, Cuba travel blog

Remedios

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... main transport options in Remedios (along with walking, of course). Up to four people at a time wheel past on old bikes. Cuba imported thousands of bikes from China last decade and is now producing its own lighter versions, but most of those passing are ...

Full Friday, afternoon, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Full Friday, afternoon

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... , we cab to one of the many fine private restaurants that lure people into the further districts of Miramar and Playa. Cuba's paladares, as these restaurants are called, were illegal until the 1990s. As a result, they're often strategically invisible from ...

Havana time, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Havana time

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... would have been insufferable; thanks for urging us to bring it, Mom) along the edge of the street, where most people walk. Cuba's spastic mix of '50s Chevy's, Ladas, bici-taxis, horse-drawn carts and bubble-taxis tend to give way to pedestrians. If ...

Kaleidoscope of Art and History in Old Havana, La Habana Vieja, Cuba travel blog

Kaleidoscope of Art and History in Old Havana

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In contrast to Vedado's relaxed livable vibe, Habana Vieja was flush with tourists, local artists and street vendors occupying its intricate streets. We circled through the four main plazas - Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza de Armas, Plaza de San Francisco ...

Juxtaposition of Styles in Vedado, Vedado, Cuba travel blog

Juxtaposition of Styles in Vedado

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... English, while we communicated back in Spanish, each practicing our respective areas of interest. The apparent historian spoke of Cuba's historical difficulties in the 1500's between the Spanish and the pirates that feuded over their mutual desire for ...

My best walk in Cuba, Vinales, Cuba travel blog

My best walk in Cuba

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... of talking heads. There's something odd, yet appropriate about watching Al Gore's timely cautionary view on global warning from Cuba. You can see how obscene our consumerism looks to the developing world. Trina experienced a similar displacement watching ...

Vedado, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Vedado

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Never accept "no" in Cuba. At the bus station, we reject several cabs which have no seatbelts, despite assurances that all cabs here will not have them. Once it's clear we're resolved, suddenly everyone is helping to get one rigged up for us. Same on ...

Rain, Trinidad, Cuba travel blog

Rain

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... Jorge that it only rains at night, I was delighted to see a few big drops fall and prove my weather foreguessing works in Cuba as well. In the middle of breakfast today, it spatters again, then gets more steady. Food tables are moved under cover. Warm ...

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