La Vieja Habana

Trip Start Sep 28, 2007
Trip End Oct 14, 2007

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Where I stayed
Blau, Santa Maria Del Mar

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Monday, October 1, 2007

One city, a flea market,  two women, two cameras, and too much time to shop, enough that we missed our shuttle bus! Oupps!

Lots of beggars, of poor people, it was a bit hard to turn all of them
down, but if one doesn't, within minutes you get swamped by mounds of
them...of course, polite Cheryl Lee was surrounded swiftly, I had to instruct
her to be firm, she had a hard time doing so and boys was she swamped!

We entered every single booths from the large flea market, managed to bargain a few
souvenirs until we closed-in on heat stroke. Cheryl Lee and I decided
time had come to find  a spot under an umbrella to sip a Coka Cola,
which we paid dearly! A loud parade passed by, not sure what was the celebration about.

After our massive boob sweat dried out temporarily,
we return to navigate the back streets; Cheryl Lee was pissing sweat
and getting upset when I started to enter every opened door; I was
shooting pictures, she was trying to run away from the vain!
A fancy staircase in an open door building grabbed my attention, I entered and Cheryl Lee followed. The staircase was fabulous and I've started to take picture of it's architecture, until a security guard ushered us out was a Government building. Oufff, rather be kicked out than imprisoned for that stunt!
As much as she cursed me for that hour, once back home, she was some
glad to look at the photos shoot collection, without my intrusive
manners, we would have gotten the same silly tourists pictures one can
get from the internet, a hotel, a beach and a palm tree!

We did not get lost but walked too far;
neither could quite remember the shuttle pick up time, turned out to
be both wrong. The sun was at it's peak, and we were just like two eggs
in a frying pan. Not to say very short tempered! We desperately looked
for our bus, until a cab driver advised us we missed it, and kindly
offered to drive us to the hotel; we had no other choices but to hop in
the unlicensed cab for we were both too tight wad to share the expensive licensed cab.
Traveling alone, this would not have made me that nervous, whatever happens-happens, but I thought twice since Cheryl Lee accompanied me. Nevertheless, we hopped on and got to acquaint with  a great driver; we took his name and number for future references. I'm glad we did!
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