Travel Blogs from Havana, Cuba

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Slipping into the tempo, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Slipping into the tempo

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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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. It┤s still dark out. 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 ...

Adrift, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Adrift

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... a young driver who blasts Ebe Manuel out the jacked sound system as we jockey through the dirty, sun-blackened streets of central Havana. Conversation is easy. He honks at a pretty girl -- honks a bunch, actually -- and she gives him a delightfully saucy ...

Recouping, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Recouping

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... particular (B&B, literally 'private house') has been a great kindness, affording fresh air (as fresh as it gets in Havana), natural light and a vast swath of concrete for chalk drawings. The chalk and antibiotics are both things we brought down ...

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 ...

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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... walls -- they don't mention this more recent history on any of the bilingual signage. From the walls of the fortress, old Havana glistens across the narrow channel that links the harbour with the Straits of Florida. Beyond it, the more derelict parts of ...

Full Friday, afternoon, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Full Friday, afternoon

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... call out familiarly) and make tracks to the Gran Teatro de la Habana. In a city of landmarks, the grand theatre of Havana stands out, though it's better to gawk at its exterior statues and baroque detailing from across the street. Up close, the ...

Havana time, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Havana time

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... than a relaxed 20 km/hr, they tend to honk warnings as they approach pedestrian-clogged intersections. Public transport in Havana, besides the above, includes mammoth 300-passenger, double-humped buses pulled by trucks (camellos). Then there are the ...

Vedado, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Vedado

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... my parents (the only option available), only to discover they don't allow children there. We leave for Vinales tomorrow, returning to Havana next Saturday, hopefully en route to Varadero. The woman promises to somehow get us a room, at the best price she ...

Tour guides in Havana, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Tour guides in Havana

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... of a contrast with its buffed, stained-glassed neighbours. I discover later that we've almost replicated the walking tour of old Havana in the guidebook, but with our necks craned up at the facades and capitals we've managed to miss all the interesting ...

Night in Havana, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Night in Havana

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I dream of Cuban winds. Warm gusts carry me of a sudden, lift me over failing balconies. At night outside our apartment, the traffic sweeps past the Hotel Nacional in a rush like wind. I cannot discern whether old cars or new nor'easterlies move ...

Full Friday, morning, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Full Friday, morning

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... such a loser for a son-in-law. Everyone is in good spirits today, thankfully. We're picking up the walking tour of Old Havana from where we left off yesterday. Mom missed a terrific guided tour of the museum of the city (Museo de la Ciudad) and ...

Winding down, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Winding down

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... drinking rum with university students who are diving off the rocks, chatting with patient fishermen who catch nothing. The ocean at Havana is a fickle and transient thing, conspiring with the sky above to create any number of vistas over the course of ...

For the record, Havana, Cuba travel blog

For the record

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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... a record store just seems to be cheating in some way. I get his card and confirm his hours before setting off through central Havana towards the hotel. The streets here are a bit rougher than even Consulado, our first address in Havana, and there is ...

Departure, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Departure

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I can't imagine a day more exactly split between pleasure and discomfort. Everything before mid-day is a joy. We luxuriate through a final Cuban breakfast of fresh fruit and coffee at our semi-outdoor dining room, followed by a farewell tour to our ...

Final Day, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Final Day

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Tuesday is our best day in Havana. We're out early and back for a siesta before the early afternoon heat. Cuba's a great country for kids, with its languid tempo. Our destination this morning is the Capitolio Nacional, a vast domed structure many times ...

Vedado, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Vedado

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... stop. We try giving her a mouthful of water. Nothing stays down. This continues for hours. Poor Rosemary spends her first day in Cuba a hostage in her own hotel room. In the end, the hotel doctor gives Lucy an injection of some Gravol-like substance and ...

The magnificent and the crumbling..., Havana, Cuba travel blog

The magnificent and the crumbling...

A travel blog entry by marktjhung

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... , Verdado, the bizarre, star shaped monument overlooking the carpark that is the Plaza de la Revolucion.  But Cuba, to me, and especially Havana as its cultural and politial centre - more than most places I've travelled, covers itself with layer ...

Finally, a moment of calm, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Finally, a moment of calm

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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... on this trip -- no early morning flights, no plans to do anything other than slow, easy drifts about the island of Cuba. But Lucy's odd, unidentified illness, which has seen her temperature spike to 40 degrees Celsius since arriving here yesterday, has ...

The long day, Havana, Cuba travel blog

The long day

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... look at the Che mural on the exterior of the Ministry of the Interior building. There are a lot more intersting places in Havana. I certainly have no interest taking the elevator for a view of it all from 150m up the Memorial Jose Marti. The ...

The Cuban Timewarp, Havana, Cuba travel blog

The Cuban Timewarp

A travel blog entry by vine_hooligans

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... does not come to mind... I was expecting to enter the "time warp" I've been hearing about upon stepping off the plane in Cuba, but the airport in Havana is not worse than some of the places we've been to on our trip and it did not really seem like an ...

Running into people all over the world., Havana, Cuba travel blog

Running into people all over the world.

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... my eyes so I had to ask Ross, and indeed it was her! Pretty funny to run into people you know at the airport in Havana! It was a long travel day back to Kingston, but we have a fantastic week to look forward to, since we're getting married on ...

Cuba, Havana Cuba, Cuba travel blog

Cuba

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... I’ve ever seen and 3 huge elevators. Des and I dropped our bags in our spacious room and went straight out to see Havana City. A cocotaxi, just a bit bigger than a coconut, took us for an hour tour around old Havana and new, and we ended up with ...

Walking tour with Aurelis, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Walking tour with Aurelis

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... Convertible and the Peso and also accepts the US Dollar, very confusing. The CUC is worth about US$1.20. Our tour continued through Havana city, now we toured on foot with Aurelis. There were four other people with us on the tour, both young couples. ...

Water watching, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Water watching

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13.03.10 The waves were crashing over the Malecon (Cuba's famous sea wall), when we woke up, so after breakfast I took my camera and photographed it in action. Some cars were being swamped with sea water. As I entered into an area near an old colonial ...

The Lost Day, Havana, Cuba travel blog

The Lost Day

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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... before dinner; we walk into the warm, dark neighbourhoods of Vedadao. Less than a kilometer from the clustered chaos of central Havana, these tranquil tree-lined streets could be in another country -- at least another city. Our first choice for dinner, a ...

Return to Havana, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Return to Havana

A travel blog entry by jessica_cdn

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When we arrived in Havana after our 15 hour bus trip, our stomachs were still a bit uneasy, which contributed to our decision to stay at the Nacionale for the last two days of our honeymoon (pre-wedding). We knew that we were getting married in about a ...

shopping, Havana, Cuba travel blog

shopping

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... me feeling like I┤m walking around with ĘSteal my moneybeltĘ printed on my shirt until I adjust. Besides CUCs (pesos convertibles), Cuba has monedad nacional (pesos) which are worth 1/24th the value and are used by Cubans in a parallel economic ...

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