Travel Blogs from Cuba

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Travel by night, Santa Clara, Cuba travel blog

Travel by night

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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... for private cars to carry foreigners. The cop planted by the door of the station required discretion. Lots of things are prohibido in Cuba. As far as I can tell, it stops absolutely no one from doing any of them; things just take a little longer, become ...

Departure, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Departure

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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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 ...

Beach bum, Varadero, Cuba travel blog

Beach bum

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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... at other resorts. The Iberostar Tainos, named by a Spanish conglomerate (apparently without irony) after the original inhabitants of Cuba whom the Spaniards effectively decimated, is a kind and tranquil affair, where the friendly staff are still very ...

Loss, Remedios, Cuba travel blog

Loss

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I wake bewildered, a truck rumbling past my head. Strange walls, heat. Cuba, it suddenly occurs to me. But in the predawn, it's not the island but dead classmates that occupy me. Mark Crawford, a high school character, died the day we left on our trip. ...

Final Day, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Final Day

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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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

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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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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... group.  We dance like white people - and I'm not even white.  The salsa seems like a national institution in Cuba, its distinctive beat ringing out through the music houses and back streets alike.  Naturally, Cubans can dance salsa.  ...

No news is good news, Varadero, Cuba travel blog

No news is good news

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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The last days at Varadero, the wind and cold set in . The warm, clear water of Wednesday, when mom and I floated about in the turquoise ocean, its depths opening beneath us, seems a distant memory. Dead Portuguese man-o-war jellyfish wash up and bloat on ...

Not a happy birthday, Vinales, Cuba travel blog

Not a happy birthday

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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... bag of oranges from a guy selling them from the roadside, and we all slurp away in silence for a time, watching Cuba passing. Flores drives the highways between Vinales and Havana, between Varadero and Trinidad -- between all the main tourist places ...

Boozing in Brothels with Burmese Billionaires, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Boozing in Brothels with Burmese Billionaires

A travel blog entry by andrewanderica

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... neighbourhoods and he was taking us into peoples houses and showing us some of the best and worst things about life in Cuba, basically the houses had been beautiful but some were literally falling down around the occupants, at one stage Erica was left ...

Valle de los Ingenos & Peninsula de Ancon, Trinidad, Cuba travel blog

Valle de los Ingenos & Peninsula de Ancon

A travel blog entry by jessica_cdn

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This morning we met up with Leigh & Kara around 9:30 at our usual coffee shop and enjoyed a nice espresso.  We had to haggle quite a bit for a reasonably priced taxi for our day trip, but we got one for 22 CUC.  We went to a former sugar ...

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

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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I'm awake at 4:30 a.m. I only sleep eight hours typically, so when we settle down with the kids at 8:30 p.m. it means a lot of laying in the predawn, my mind wandering over strange topographies and ideas. By 6:00 or 6:30, I usually give up even trying to ...

Transported, Santa Clara, Cuba travel blog

Transported

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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... We wallow about the three lanes of tarmac, which is intent on slowly melting into the gently undulating land about us. Fidel's Cuba has double the freeway's tenure, but the biggest obstacles it faces are evident all about us -- warped roads, crumbling ...

The Cuban Timewarp, Havana, Cuba travel blog

The Cuban Timewarp

A travel blog entry by vine_hooligans

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... probably also showing that they have travelled or had the means to obtain such luxuries. The most recent hurricane destroyed half of Cuba's agricultural crops so fruit and vegetables are hard to come by, but Rakhel's daughter did manage to get some fresh ...

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

Running into people all over the world.

A travel blog entry by jessica_cdn

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For those of you who have read my other blogs, you know that I'm pretty good at running into random people that I know all over the world.  My favourite has been in Greece when I was walking through the market and ran into two girls that I was going ...

Cuba, Havana Cuba, Cuba travel blog

Cuba

A travel blog entry by jennykelly

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... He purchased a Nikkon Coolpix L19, a pocket sized digital camera with all the whistles and bells you can get for $120. We flew to Cuba with Lacsa Airlines, with a stop over in San Jose, Costa Rica to change planes. San Jose has a lovely modern airport. It ...

Daytripper, Santa Clara, Cuba travel blog

Daytripper

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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... to be Cuban. In fact we seem to be some of the few tourists in this convertible restaurant. We spot a satellite Coppelia's here, Cuba's legendary ice cream experience. Unfortunately, we never make it there, as it looks more easily penetrated than the vast ...

Slow train coming, Valle de Los Ingenios, Cuba travel blog

Slow train coming

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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... Belgium, Germany, France, and our home province (Powell River and the Okanagan). John, from the latter, is in Cuba for a beekeeper conference, working on a business proposal with the government. His progress through various levels of bureaucracy is has ...

Walking tour with Aurelis, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Walking tour with Aurelis

A travel blog entry by jennykelly

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... us to Revolution Square first and the tour started with a history lesson. On Jan 1st 1959 Fidel Castro took over power in Cuba after the Revolution. Because of failing health, Fidel Castro has now handed over power to his brother Raul Castro who is the ...

Water watching, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Water watching

A travel blog entry by jennykelly

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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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A long night. Lucy only yarfs once more after the injection, but my state worsens until I decide to pop Imodium (which I hate, reasoning it's better to get whatever is in my system out than leave it there to percolate). Our whole party is something of a ...

Return to Havana, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Return to Havana

A travel blog entry by jessica_cdn

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... hotel for dinner.  Were we ever glad we did! It was by far the best food we had the entire time we were in Cuba.  It was a first-class meal.  The paladar doesn't look like much from the outside (on Humboldt street), but once you go inside, ...

Cuba's biggest hotel, Vinales, Cuba travel blog

Cuba's biggest hotel

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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... casa -- it's been called Cuba's biggest hotel -- so the convertibles are spread amongst the populace. The result? More Cuba-aware (less touristy) travellers, less financially screwed citizens, virtually no begging (you make better money with a casa) ...

The day that turned around, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba travel blog

The day that turned around

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... - two anthropologists travelling with their two young children from the states.  They explained the situation with the airlines - Cuba received a few airbuses from Venezuela recently so domestic air travel is nowhere near as sketchy as it once ...

To the south, Trinidad, Cuba travel blog

To the south

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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... with funds by the Russians, which apparently simply ceases to exist somewhere near the halfway point. The USSR collapse left Cuba in a very bad financial situation indeed, with no funds to complete such mega projects. We pass other relics of the ...

shopping, Havana, Cuba travel blog

shopping

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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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 ...

Sun, surf and tourists, Varadero, Cuba travel blog

Sun, surf and tourists

A travel blog entry by kiemce

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Dubbed as a "must see" and even "the best beach in the world", I naturally pencilled in Varadero to see what all the hoo-haa was about. A few hours from Havana on the luxury tourist bus (in sub-zero conditions) and what seemed like the middle of nowhere ...

A short stay, La Habana, Cuba travel blog

A short stay

A travel blog entry by kris

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... The flight was delayed, cold and boring.. Cuban immigration was polite and a total breeze, I even saw the same thing as peacefrog entering cuba when the girl looked delighted when I asked for a Cuban stamp in my passport.. I had to wait a while for my ...

Will I ever leave Trinidad?, Trinidad, Cuba travel blog

Will I ever leave Trinidad?

A travel blog entry by kiemce

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What a relief to leave Varadero far, far behind. Having roughly 2hrs sleep under my belt, I staggered to the bus station, jumped on, and then entered "silent tourist mode". You see, as soon as you speak on a bus filled with tourists.. someone's gonna ...

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