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... CUC for the tourists and National Peso for the locals (roughly one 25th of the CUC). This makes for an interesting and sometimes confusing experience. We are unsure as to how this is a good thing, especially for the locals, being unable to afford CUC prices. We are told, Doctors and Professors are only paid 15 CUC per month, (roughly $15).
Upon exiting the airport we were immediately greeted with gorgeous classic cars, of which ...
... it was given to us. They could not have been more gracious.
Angel instructed his daughter to get his scrap book. Filled with old documents and photographs, he gave it to my uncle. One of the first pictures showed the elementary school Angel attended, to which my uncle said, "I went there too, I wonder if I’m in one of these pictures." A few minutes later he stopped at a class picture. Angel pointed to a chubby kid and said that was him. Just then my uncle found himself ...
... take no for an answer! Although not aggressive, they are very annoying. And everyone tries to make money off you.
Cubans are very slow when working. Bars, restaurants, shops.
Not right. With this life no wonder they need free healthcare!
Cubans are simply not efficient in anything they do. That's why you have to book your bus ticket one day before or one hour before. That's why people wait in queues outside restaurants while half the ...
... the Habana BusTour, CUC$4 per day), leaving from the Parque Central with one route to the Plaza de la Revolución and the other out to the Playas del Este.
More leisurely than taking the bus is to hire a bicitaxi (bicycle taxi) for short journeys. Beware of scams as bicitaxis are banned from certain parts of the city and they risk a large fine if caught, so they are likely to charge you over the odds to make it worthwhile.
... into the pool. Not 3 seconds later the guards come and ask us to leave :D. A very nice night !
On sunday, we, a good part of the people from the night before, go to a little street music festival. We then pass at the hotel nacional for some internet. I then get to now that it is not possible to send money to Cuba from Switzerland via Western Union or other means. There are some other possibilities, but they take more time. I will also learn later on that there ...