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Tour guides in Havana, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Tour guides in Havana

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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Our car habits are becoming more Cuban all the time; we stuff everyone into a small cab for a quick trip to the head of the Prado, taking about half the trip along the still barricaded Malecon. We arrived yesterday to a cold wind creating spectacular ...

Night in Havana, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Night in Havana

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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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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... la Revolucion Cubana" overnight to see if the price ever dropped. Our walk south from the plaza follows the Lonely Planet Cuba walking tour for Habana Vieja. I've been really happy with this guidebook. The publication mere months ago means the info ...

The Colonial Splendour of Trinidad, Trinidad, Cuba travel blog

The Colonial Splendour of Trinidad

A travel blog entry by viajesyvinedos

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After four Viazul bus trips, we had comfortably settled into their professionally operated and comfortable bus service. However, little by little, the Cienfuegos to Trinidad leg of our trip negated the enjoyment of our previous experiences, leading us ...

Winding down, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Winding down

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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The Malecon calls to me. I spend the early morning (pushing Lucy in the stroller) and late afternoon walking miles along the waterfront, drinking rum with university students who are diving off the rocks, chatting with patient fishermen who catch ...

Havana, Cuba, Cuba travel blog

Havana

A travel blog entry by dacraic

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... (small privately run restaurant). They are in peoples homes and are restricted in size to only a dozen seats. Finding these restaurants in Cuba can be difficult as they are not allowed to advertise. But, we found one in the Lonely Planet. Asked a guy on ...

For the record, Havana, Cuba travel blog

For the record

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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... , but when I read in the guidebook that a couple of places might have old 33s, a bit of that obsession got brought down to Cuba with me. Visions of the carry-on that was filled with diapers on the flight down being stuffed with albums for the flight home ...

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

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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 ...

Tobacco Fields of Pinar del Rio, Pinar del Río, Cuba travel blog

Tobacco Fields of Pinar del Rio

A travel blog entry by viajesyvinedos

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... back to Viñales. After much insistence, we paid for the older gentlemen's US$1 fare as a small token of our appreciation for his tutelage on procuring colectivo taxis in rural Cuba, as this would undoubtedly assist in our future exploits.   ...

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

Valle de los Ingenos & Peninsula de Ancon

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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

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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 ...

A Stopover in Sancti Spíritus, Sancti Spíritus, Cuba travel blog

A Stopover in Sancti Spíritus

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... city celebrated its five hundredth birthday and received numerous street art and building beautification projects. One such renovation project was Cuba's eldest church, the sky-blue Iglesia de la Parroquial Mayor del Espíritu Santo, with a stark white ...

Camaguey: The UNESCO Urban Maze, Camagüey, Cuba travel blog

Camaguey: The UNESCO Urban Maze

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Another miscellany of churches, scattered town plazas with regular state-run shops and cafeterias captures the essence of our two days in Camagüey. As the second day was rainy and we had covered all the interesting sights at least twice, we chilled ...

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