Travel Blogs from Cuba

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Going South, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba travel blog

Going South

A travel blog entry by smitherson

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A hellish bus ride later we arrived in Santiago de Cuba as the sun rose.  The hustle and bustle around the bus terminal was crazy but our taxi drive came looking for us and we were away before we new it. Maria who ran the Casa was lovely and let us ...

Tell me it's not true!, Trinidad, Cuba travel blog

Tell me it's not true!

A travel blog entry by kiemce

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The whole of Trinidad is in mourning. The world is now a different place, worse for the loss of a great man - our mate, Steve "The Crocodile Hunter" Irwin. It was hard to fight back the tears, but I somehow managed. Others weren't so reserved and just ...

Che, Santa Clara, Cuba travel blog

Che

A travel blog entry by smitherson

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... , but today its a university town and has little to offer the tourist, so seemed an odd place to remember him...  That evening we hoped back on an overnight bus for a 12 hour ride to Santiago de Cuba - I don't like buses........ :( - JJ ...

Resorts, Versalles, Cuba travel blog

Resorts

A travel blog entry by uncle_davros

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... But trust me, this is not a place for the Uncle and I was happy to leave and go back to my casa everyday !!! And Finally So tomorrow we leave, our Cuba experience is nearly over, just a couple of days left in Havana and then sadly, Londres, we will be ...

Going Old School, Trinidad, Cuba travel blog

Going Old School

A travel blog entry by smitherson

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Nearly all the places we have visited have been Unesco Heritage sites and to be brutilly honest, one colonial town starts to blur into another after a while on an extended trip.  BUT Trinidad is quite exceptional. I think it is due to is local town ...

Last Night In Cuba!, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba travel blog

Last Night In Cuba!

A travel blog entry by smitherson

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After a 7 hour journey back to Santiago, our last evening and night unfurled. Nowt exciting, romantic or adventurous happened.  Booked a few flights on the internet, had pizza for dinner and went to bed.  That's it nothing more... Hmm they say ...

Seein' Fuegos, Cienfuegos, Cuba travel blog

Seein' Fuegos

A travel blog entry by uncle_davros

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... following day, we set off back to the square to begin our walk. Starting off at Park Marti, we visited the only Triumpant Arch in Cuba. Not very special, but it was ticked. There was also an old palace and a theatre. We knew of this last place as we had ...

Habana, La Habana Vieja, Cuba travel blog

Habana

A travel blog entry by uncle_davros

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... I do realise that there is more to the world, so I had a surf and after a few discussions, I booked a couple of tickets to Cuba.   Havana Day 1   Straight through customs, changed some money and jumped in a cab. We had been watching the weather ...

Finding The Bay, Playa Girón, Cuba travel blog

Finding The Bay

A travel blog entry by uncle_davros

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When I was growing up, whenever Cuba was mentioned, The Bay of Pigs and the Cuban missile crisis would be mentioned in the same breath. And as the years have rolled by, I still haven't learnt really much about it, but as it is mentioned in the book, we ...

Havana, The Last, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Havana, The Last

A travel blog entry by uncle_davros

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Now the thing with cars in Cuba is that you pay for your first tank of petrol, so the idea is to bring the car back as empty as possible, and as we were down to under a quarter of a tank, had 97 K's to get to Havana, trust me, the pedal was definetly not ...

Chasing Che, Santa Clara, Cuba travel blog

Chasing Che

A travel blog entry by uncle_davros

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... loads of pictures of him, and I do this as I think it's a joke that he is out there everywhere, and as I am here in Cuba, I thought the best thing to do was to visit a town which Che was part of an important military victory during the revolution, plus he ...

Back One More Time!, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Back One More Time!

A travel blog entry by smitherson

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Just passing through, dropped of the car and 1 night and we were off on the bus the next day to Trinidad. Mireya was great and wanted to express her thoughts for our saving Luna and made us dinner.  It was lovely sitting on her balcony overlooking ...

A STRAY STORY - Chapter 4 - Mas Gorda, Pinar Del Rio, Cuba travel blog

A STRAY STORY - Chapter 4 - Mas Gorda

A travel blog entry by smitherson

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... there is so much care & interested.  And I feel privileged to have been moved past the tourist presentation of Cuba and seen behind the curtain at the real people. As a thank you, I presented a few gifts to family, including Barbie ...

**RECIPE** - Black Bean's and Rice, Cuba, Cuba travel blog

**RECIPE** - Black Bean's and Rice

A travel blog entry by smitherson

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No self respecting Cuban would dare serve up dinner without 'Black Beans & Rice'. Mostly to remind myself, as I've not had the opportunity to try out these recipes.  BUT black beans and over white rice has to be on of my favourite dishes since ...

Back to the Big Smoke, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Back to the Big Smoke

A travel blog entry by smitherson

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... museum on our last visit so we made our way back into Verdado to visit it.  Turns out it was specifically about the Cuba National Ballet.  Now not being a big follower of ballet I didn't even know Cuba were famous for ballet!  Proved an ...

SLOW INTERNET IN CUBA, Havana, Cuba travel blog

SLOW INTERNET IN CUBA

A travel blog entry by smitherson

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... but we're getting some entries into the blog.  Unfortunately as we leave Havana, so we leave easy internet access. Watch this space!  We'll update as and if we can our adventures in Cuba.  Which is a really cool place. More later, JJ n Lx ...

A STRAY STORY - Chapter 2 - A New Lease Of Life, Vinales, Cuba travel blog

A STRAY STORY - Chapter 2 - A New Lease Of Life

A travel blog entry by smitherson

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... difficult leaving knowing we wouldn't see Luna or the family again for months. Liz has phoned every day (at least until we leave Cuba) and we are in constant contact about the necessaries of getting Luna to the UK. Next stage is getting past the rabies ...

Fiesta!, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Fiesta!

A travel blog entry by smitherson

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... out into the the Havana Feista, we stumbled on Los Van Van playing at the Casa de la Musica - result!  One thing Cuba is definitely good for is live music! Other highlights were catching a concert during the end of the Havana Tango Festival; riding ...

Salsa!!, Baracoa, Cuba travel blog

Salsa!!

A travel blog entry by smitherson

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... and met some of the guys from the dance group and had a few drinks. It was unfortunate that previous experiences with Shisters in Cuba had tarred our view of getting to know people.  It turned out we were amongst a very genuine group of people but I ...

Double Edged Sword, Vinales, Cuba travel blog

Double Edged Sword

A travel blog entry by smitherson

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... to the same cafe to wait for the bus. Again there she was, again we fed her and she was so glad of the human attention. Liz was in tears getting on the bus. So for all the beauty, the rougher-side of Cuba was more clearly visible to us.   - James ...

Cuba, remembered, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Cuba, remembered

A travel blog entry by haveyouseenher

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... afternoon with Mary in her little yellow bubble taxi cab, me trying to translate for Erica everything she was telling us about Cuba, Castro, life, men, her boyfriend, what Cubans think of Americans, about her father, her son, everything. She took us to ...

Hostels are a far away memory...., Cayo Coco, Cuba travel blog

Hostels are a far away memory....

A travel blog entry by caznjasonescape

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5* Resort in Cayo ...

Cuba Libre!, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Cuba Libre!

A travel blog entry by hjalmar

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... allerede i 9-tiden paa kvelden. Dagen etter hadde jeg store forhaapninger om aa faa tak i en slags reisebok-guide ala lonely planet over Cuba, slik at jeg kunne vite litt om hva aa gjoere og ting i den duren. Det skulle vise seg at man ikke selger ...

I'm leaving! .. nope, i'm staying... havana libre!, Havana, Cuba travel blog

I'm leaving! .. nope, i'm staying... havana libre!

A travel blog entry by rubyfunk

... that the queue was a hundred people long and they had only just started check in!! aaargghh!! And so off I went eventually, from Cuba to Mexico, transit for three hours but South Africans in transit in Mexico are perceived as dodgy as dog poo so I ...

Steps and hitchhiking, Trinidad, Cuba travel blog

Steps and hitchhiking

A travel blog entry by americankluntje

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... we were the only ones sitting outside because it started to rain and Cubans really do not like the rain. But anyway – here in Cuba I have realized that there can be lightning for hours but hardly any thunder and only a little or no rain at all. For ...

First glimpse of the Gulf, Cayo Jutias, Cuba travel blog

First glimpse of the Gulf

A travel blog entry by thearodgers

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... in our tour bus I didn't have the same sense of connection I might have had if we were backpacking or hitchhiking through Cuba, at least we were there breathing the same dirt and seeing the smiling/confused/frowning/laughing faces of the people who call ...

Too many impressions..., Havana, Cuba travel blog

Too many impressions...

A travel blog entry by krox

... to a third place tomorrow morning to be confirmed for travel that day, or be told to wait a few more days for a space!!!! Cuba isn't the best place for last minute travels apparently. Back at the hotel, my local travel agent here (who is an ...

Beautiful fish.. and Deutschlaaaand!!, Cienfuegos, Cuba travel blog

Beautiful fish.. and Deutschlaaaand!!

A travel blog entry by americankluntje

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... the police would not like seeing me sit on it I got up quickly. The person that told me this actually thought that I was from Cuba (there are lots of people with different skin colours in Cuba so not too far fetched) but when I told him I was a tourist ...

Feb 10, 2013, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Feb 10, 2013

A travel blog entry by lithobolia

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The Forbidden Island, Havana, Cuba travel blog

The Forbidden Island

A travel blog entry by themooners

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... busted and poor. We have no where to stay and we barely speak the language. Taken as a whole, it was intimidating. In Cuba you have 2 options on places to stay. Tourist hotels/resorts or in 'Casa Particulares'. Casa particulares are rooms that the locals ...

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