Gran Hotel Escuela
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... can be sold. One side is the beautiful old town hall, and the street outside is paved with wooden cobblestones, never seen that before. While not original, many years ago the lady of the house complained she couldn't sleep because of the sound of the horses hooves on actual cobblestones, so they replaced them with wooden ones. Not really sure that would make a lot of difference, whatever. And given there are still many a horse and cart in Havana, still practical. Although ...
... I could've flagged down. He drives an old school american 50's car. It's a shell inside, and the seat is so high you have to hunch to see out of the windshield. He plays the music loud to try and mask all the groans it makes. It doesn't quite work. I gave him an extra $1 on the $5 to show my appreciation for him getting up so early. It took him a second to comprehend but he was very happy. I got a handshake for that.
The Viazul (gringo) buses in Cuba are a bit of a ...
... there and enjoyed it a lot.
It rains in Santiago
The whole night it poured down rain, which we heard is very unusual – now should we consider ourselves lucky? Ok, so since we will spend the next morning for paper work, maybe the clouds are not too bad and don’t make us miss the beach.
How poor are the Cubans – or are there some rich Cubans?
I didn't plan to go that East in the country as it was quite far and Santiago is a big city without anything special, not really nice like Havana, etc. However the timing was so perfect with this music festival that it was meant to be I guess.
Every year one Caribbean country is the main invited guest (this year Surinam) and many other countries around are invited to join the main guest to play music, walk in the street in their typical costume. It is a big event ...
... at each Yellow Man to pick up and drop off individuals. Hector explained that when Cubans travel, they “leave home with a bottle or two of water and a big bag of patience.”
Next up we took a ferry out to Granma Island, a small island near Santiago with a population of about 800 people. There we had lunch with Pedro, a young fisherman, and his colleagues, who explained the technical aspects of their work. It was very interesting to learn ...