Casa Lourdes Y Carlos
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... time I was here are actually vultures our guide told us), took a swing past Colon Cemetery, then through a very lush national park beside the river before returning to El Torre. We were supposed to have a drink here but all decided we'd prefer to visit the iconic National Hotel which was only a five minute walk away. Beautiful building dating from 1930, and the guest list reads like a Who's Who of world celebtrities, although heavily skewed towards US residents. We had a drink in the ...
Cuba only now seems to be breaking out of a state of fossilisation, which it has been in since the '50s. Go there now before it's too late.
Havana can be very touristy, but there's nothing fake about the people going about their daily lives and the fascinating and often crumbling architecture.
Havana feels very safe, even at night.
The food is often not the best and can be overpriced.
Woke up to Polly and had an awesome breakfast, fruit platter and eggs. So good! Packed up our stuff into our little pack so we could leave our big packs at the casa. Went to the bank to restock on cashola and booked a taxi to Santa Maria beach. The taxi diver was awesome- named frank who told us all about Cuba. Our hotel was the best hotel and it wasn't been the best haha so funny. It's a pretty good deal though, $30 cuc all inclusive right on the beach! So good! Went to ...
... is somewhat cut off the international financial market. ATMs are nowadays available in most Cuban cities, however, cards issued by US banks and most affiliates do not work. Fortunately my German VISA card works totally fine here.
Cubans working for the government are paid in moneda nacional (with 1 CUC = 25 Cuban Pesos). State employees (what many Cubans are) only earn an amount of Cuban Pesos equivalent to about 8 to 25 CUC (=USD) a month! With such little income ...
... by the US blockade. Interestingly, when asked what his greatest wish for Cuba is, his reply is that Raul Castro lives long enough to finish his term as the Cuba’s leader in 2018 an indication that Raul is not just blindly following brother Fidel’s lead and is allowing some real change while at the same time, maintaining “stability”. At the Café Madrigal, a tapas bar in a beautifully restored old house in Havana’s Vedado district, owned by a movie maker ...