Travel Blogs from Havana
... was the boost we needed to get out of the tourist trap of Havana. The hot and humid climate made for some long, but fun, days of cycling. Our group consisted of 12 people from UK, Germany, Ireland and of course our local guide from Cuba. It wasn't long before our tour guide, Rommel, introduced us to 'Cuban Nights'. This involved Cuban music, Cuba's finest cigars and rum, all to be consumed whist playing dominoes late into the night. Cuban Nights were always regretted early ...
Dude got little sun burned. From now on lets call him "lobster".
Maybe the best view of Havana from the hotels restaurant on the top floor.
... there is no hostel culture, with most backpackers staying in Casa Particulars which range from true homestays through to slicker B&Bs. It's over Christmas and New Year too, so I can look forward to someone else taking over the task of planning and booking the best Casa Particulars and easy transport for me. I have some trepidation after spending the last ten and a half months under my own steam, but excited too to meet the people I'll experience the rest of this parrallel universe ...
... I gave Abby instructions to remain calm and go to the hotel should I be arrested. After what seemed like forever, they came back and without explanation, told us "go." We didn't need to be told twice. We changed money, got a cab, and set out to find a place to stay.
The first thing we noticed on the half hour drive into Havana were all the old 1950's cars on the road. Many were old beaters we couldn't believe still ran, some were beautiful in ...
... members first be baptized in the Catholic faith..."Eees complicated..." Actually, the Cuban people are very spiritual yet ambivalent, and have an almost casual relationship with organized religion in all its forms. As a friend of mine wrote when Pope Francis was elected in Rome during our stay there, "a collective Cuban yawn taught us how different the country is from what we imagined."
Lunch at the privately-owned "Divino" where wine is also imported was ...
Other places to stay in Havana
Calle de Cuba 2, esquina a Pena Pobre, Havana | 4 star innfrom $130