Trip Start May 01, 2008
13Trip End May 11, 2008
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Our day started (or rather, continued) at the early hour of 1a.m. in Kingston after a short nap. We took the bus to Toronto, and I managed to sleep most of the way, and didn't wake up to Ross glaring at me. He managed to sleep a bit too! Although he did stare at me until I woke up, since I was using his coat as a pillow and it had gotten a bit cold on the bus....
Pearson was actually reasonable - we got checked in and through security in about ten minutes. We grabbed a bite to eat, then waited for our flight to board. Everything was timely and efficient. The only thing of note on the whole flight was a few men who were pretty sketchy. They seemed to be in 'business' in Cuba - accoutants, loan agents etc
When we arrived in Cuba, it was pretty obvious what we were stepping into. I was returning to a land of pay toilets, no toilet paper in the toilet, and we were both visiting, for the first time, a country with security before entering the country and lots and lots of working dogs.
Our casa particular, Chez Nous, was lovely. Our room was on the roof, and while it had a crazy staircase (not unlike one I stayed at in Greece), it had a/c, a private and modern bath, and a private terrace. A really lovely place. They provided towels, and the rate was reasonable (30 CUC per night, and 5 CUC for breakfast.)
We spent most of the afternoon wandering around old Havana. It was gorgeous! Warm, sunny, with a light breeze. We sat on a patio, listened to live music (a song about Che was a repetitive favourite) and drank espresso until we recovered a bit from the flight. We took lots of photos, and our only disapointment of the day was dinner. We found it very expensive, and it wasn't very good - and I also managed to accidentally order two entrees, neither of which I did much justice to. We headed back to the casa and crashed around 10 after a really long 36 hours of being awake.