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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

A travel blog entry by jessica_cdn

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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 ¨Steal my moneybelt¨ 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 ...

Talkin bout a revolution!, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Talkin bout a revolution!

A travel blog entry by missouri

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... monument. We met a guy from Holland there and a guy from Cali, it's always interesting to see other American (U.S.,of course) in Cuba..he suggested that we go to Studio Salvador, a Cuban Artist that has had several shows in the U.S. So we tried to buy a ...

to the other end of the island, Santiago de cuba, Cuba travel blog

to the other end of the island

A travel blog entry by kris

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... a Saturday night in Santiago is ment to be hot and kicking. I was and still are unimpressed with the nightlife of Santiago de Cuba.. Apparently there was ment to be music flowing through the streets, maybe in the daytime theres a bit going on to please ...

Regressed to Cuba, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Regressed to Cuba

A travel blog entry by kris

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... the return leg which is a cocaine route, so i had my bag wrapped up in cellophane which cost 9 bucks. I arrived back into Cuba and the immigration guy was totally silent and let me through within seconds, this time I hadn't booked any accomodation and ...

Museums/Parks, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Museums/Parks

A travel blog entry by missouri

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Twilight, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Twilight

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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... evening, is too hot. I like circular moments in life, but I could be spared Lucy having a fever on the first and last nights in Cuba. If we were staying at Eumelia`s both times as planned I`d say the place was cursed. But as it is, we`ve moved up ...

First steps outside, Havana, Cuba travel blog

First steps outside

A travel blog entry by mbgower

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... , and most mornings children intent on their game weave amongst the tourists. Suddenly a bunch of honking comes our way. A bride sitting on the back of a cherry-red 50s convertible waves her immaculate white-gowned way up the street. Welcome to ...

back to the caribbean sea but I never swam, Playa Siboney, Cuba travel blog

back to the caribbean sea but I never swam

A travel blog entry by kris

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... I was pretty bored for the short time I was there.. I'm pretty sure I'm not gonna go back there and stay when I return to Cuba, maybe just for a daytrip and should've checked put a new town like Baracoa instead. I've been checking my calendar and the time ...

cobbly streets, Trinidad, Cuba travel blog

cobbly streets

A travel blog entry by kris

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The bus to trinidad was nearly empty until Camaguey.. The nightsky was clear and had a great view of the stars, I only know one constellation by sight and couldn't name it.. I think it's a bow and arrow and it helps to find north or south.. I'll have to ...

Ross's first 12 hour bus trip, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba travel blog

Ross's first 12 hour bus trip

A travel blog entry by jessica_cdn

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... - it was called the Oasis, and it had great trees and lawns and quite seriously some of the cleanest bathrooms I've seen in Cuba.  They had both toilet paper and soap! They had food too that was pretty darn good! Kara and Leigh got off about six ...

Surf to city, Matanzas, Cuba travel blog

Surf to city

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... is underway (although returning to Canada I read an article about issues with water containment in these units). Finally, Cuba's underutilized rail system more than doubled its transportation of food in one year after bringing in 100 new locomotives and ...

We made it........, Havana, Cuba travel blog

We made it........

A travel blog entry by missouri

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.....through Cuban customs without a passport stamp...very important(neither one of us can afford the $10,000 fine)...then, to our home for the next few days, the Copacabana. As we drove to our Hotel I think we had a lot of mixed emotions...we weren't ...

The paparazzi are KILLING me., Somewhere...., Cayman Islands travel blog

The paparazzi are KILLING me.

A travel blog entry by jessica_cdn

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There is a weird thing on this boat.  Well, okay, more than just one weird thing.  Many weird things.  But the weirdest to me is the paparazzi.  Their only job is to take photos of the passengers.  They are around ALL the time ...

Getting Spiritus, Sancti Spíritus, Cuba travel blog

Getting Spiritus

A travel blog entry by uncle_davros

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We had a day free, so we decided to go exploring in the car we had, and 70K's away was the next place to visit Sancti Spiritus After a drive through the usual political billboarded countryside, we arrived at our destination. We also did our usual drive ...

Our last day in Cuba, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Our last day in Cuba

A travel blog entry by missouri

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....hung out with Cuban Rastas in the park, saw a street parade and took a bus to Cristo so we could see the ...

Sad to leave Cuba, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Sad to leave Cuba

A travel blog entry by jennykelly

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... are not working as they once did. It used to be a thriving casino. While the people are very nice and friendly, coming to Cuba is like stepping back half a century. People from the USA are not allowed to travel to Cuba, and the embargo on exports to ...

Dancing in Trinidad, Trinidad, Cuba travel blog

Dancing in Trinidad

A travel blog entry by uncle_davros

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... if he had seen into the future !!! It was nice up there in the mountains, refreshing, no humidity, unlike everywhere else in Cuba !!! After dinner, we did our usual jaunt back up to Casa de la Musica where we did our usual mojito and watching people ...

Our clothes are in a tree....a mango tree., Santiago de Cuba, Cuba travel blog

Our clothes are in a tree....a mango tree.

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... us waiting for us to crack and get in - the heat was soooo intense! Lesson learned: don't wander the streets of Santiago de Cuba in the midday sun.  HOT!  (As Ross would say, only mad dogs and englishmen go out in the midday sun....) We ...

Happy Birthday Chaney!!!, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Happy Birthday Chaney!!!

A travel blog entry by missouri

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... ). We also threw a 50 something retired Brit in the mix and it made for a very interesting night. In a nutshell: after several cuba libres, pizzas, daquiris, happy birthday songs from a handful of different bands and a lot of dancing...we end up back at ...

A propaganda-off!, Havana, Cuba travel blog

A propaganda-off!

A travel blog entry by jessica_cdn

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In the price of our room we had a buffet breakfast included, so we checked that out pretty early.  As you can likely imagine, it was the biggest damn breakfast buffet I've ever seen.  Anything you want to order, cereal, pastries, fruit, juices, ...

The revolution will be sexy, Havana, Cuba travel blog

The revolution will be sexy

A travel blog entry by jessica_cdn

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... -the-less.  We also saw the Granma (the boat that Castro & Che used to get their small revolutionary band to Cuba), which was pretty exciting.  We finally found some good food at a restaurant kiddy-corner to the Ambus Mundos hotel - it ...

Taking a trip up to Pinas Del Rio, Vinales, Cuba travel blog

Taking a trip up to Pinas Del Rio

A travel blog entry by jennykelly

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... Rio, a view over the River of Pines. Beautiful area, no more beautiful than we had been driving through all day though, Cuba is a picturesque country with lots of growth and good roads. Getting off the bus gives a good opportunity to photograph it, ...

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