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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, ...

How To Make a Mojito, the Cuban Way, Cienfuegos, Cuba travel blog

How To Make a Mojito, the Cuban Way

A travel blog entry by uncle_davros

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How To Make a Mojito, the Cuban Way   1) Get a glass from the fridge    2) Place two spoons of sugar    3) Add 30ml of lime juice    4) Stir    5) Add mint    6) Crush the mint and stir    ...

Ross´s first long bus ride, Trinidad, Cuba travel blog

Ross´s first long bus ride

A travel blog entry by jessica_cdn

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Today is Ross´s first long-ass bus-ride.  It´s six hours from Havana to Trinidad!  We started our day with coffee at the Plaza Vieja after breakfast at our casa.  The plaza is undergoing a major renovation, and it looks like it might ...

CUBA! - Life In The Fifties., Havana, Cuba travel blog

CUBA! - Life In The Fifties.

A travel blog entry by heatheravan

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... and hats. The man said he had been to Sydney in 2000 as an athlete and we chatted for quite a while, we asking questions about Cuba and they about Australia. They told us one of the hardest things was to get powdered formula milk for the baby. Milk is ...

Cuba: Creeps, Cigars, Collectivos and Chaos, Havana, Cuba travel blog

Cuba: Creeps, Cigars, Collectivos and Chaos

A travel blog entry by sarahwalsh

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... currency you use as a foreigner equivalent to a US dollar), and how could I forget...CHE, he is absolutely everywhere! So, I have survived Cuba and for a little while there I wasn´t sure if I would. It was tough going, and I am going to say this for ...

1am start, Havana, Cuba travel blog

1am start

A travel blog entry by jessica_cdn

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... thing of note on the whole flight was a few men who were pretty sketchy.  They seemed to be in 'business' in Cuba - accoutants, loan agents etc.  with some pretty obvious Brooklyn accents...among others.  When we arrived in Cuba, it was ...

Trinidad, Trinidad, Cuba travel blog

Trinidad

A travel blog entry by jessica_cdn

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We started our day off a bit later after our night out with Kara and Leigh.  We had breakfast at the casa which consisted of fresh mango juice, papaya and eggs.  We took a leisurely stroll through the plaza and ran into lots of touts who were ...

"My mojito in la Bodequita"

A travel blog entry by missouri

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... talking to our waiter Judy and he tells us he makes $6 a month/while trying to push $20 meals. but like many things any Cuba it just isn't fair. We decide to make the obligatory stop at La Floridita to have a daiquiri where Hemmingway used to drink but ...

That's Habana With A 'b'., Havana, Cuba travel blog

That's Habana With A 'b'.

A travel blog entry by smitherson

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... , and it was a local bar after all so cheaper drinks. After a while we got on to talking about how difficult it was in Cuba, then the obligatory "I have a hungry baby" started. James did very well in saying we had already had people trying to play us, and ...

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 ...

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