A short stay
Trip Start Oct 01, 2006
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The flight was delayed, cold and boring.. Cuban immigration was polite and a total breeze, I even saw the same thing as peacefrog entering cuba when the girl looked delighted when I asked for a Cuban stamp in my passport..
I had to wait a while for my bag to come out but when it did I was in for some entertainment when the customs guy heard how long I'd stayed in Jamaica for. Iwas taken to an interrogation room and asked if I smoke weed (I know i've heard many amazed people not beleiving me being in ja and not smoking weed) or do coke and opium.
Luckily I changed most of my Jamaican dollars before I left ja coz they wouldnt change them at the Havana airport, the ride in the 20cuc taxi was ok, I felt sorry for the nice driver as he wanted to talk in his perfect english to me but I wasn't in the mood and gave him those one word answers that frustrates me when I try to make conversation. At the hotel I thought I'd be hassled for a tip but surprisingly wasn't so called him back a gave the guy 3 pesos to thank him for not being the tipical greedy and greasy cab driver that I've come too expect.
I checked into the 33cuc a night "lido hotel" and was given the excact same room, 204, as 5 years ago..
Thursday 4th january
I've been in havana two full days now and have paced up and down all over the central and old towns recognising places and buildings that I was naivily scammed out of 12 bucks of powdered milk and another misshap with a money changer.
Since I've been in Havana my camera had stopped taking photos outside, inside it was fine but when it came to a bit of sunlight hitting the lens the camera wimped out and produced a blank White image.. I'm not sure if it was fixable but I chucked it in the bin anyway as it's not much use when the majority of Cuba pics are taken al fesco..
Monday 7th January
Yesterday turned into a big one, I took a long walk to the revolution square, up to the peaceful john Lennon park and then onto the malecon for a couple of beers. Earlier on I had just bought a second hand camera that I was well chuffed about so wanted to head out on the town... Whilst sipping a beer on the malecon I noticed another lone bucanero drinking traveller with "Perth, WA" written on his bag and I struck up a conversation.. This led to big bar crawl all over Havana, including a half hour coco taxi tour just for fun, i was quite lagging by the time it got to about 9pm and we and the ozzie ran off when he had a come on by a girl who had been around the block by more than just a few times.. I was trying not to hurt her feelings by making up a story about an early flight and by the time I looked round to find him missing and probably half way to Australia.
So this morning my head was killing me, the bucanero beer is 5.4% and we even found a Bucanero MAX that was 6.5%.
There's further woes too coz my credit card is not working here in Cuba (my british C/card company tells me it's not their fault but it is Visas even though they have Visa stickers at the bank here in Havana) so I might bring my flight to Mexico forward 3 weeks because I quite broke now and the only thing that can save me is a western union.
Tuesday 8th January
Well I found out that apparently you can't send money from the UK to Cuba via western union. I also tried to bring my flight forward but it's all booked out for the next ten days.. So tommorow morning I'm gonna be desperate sitting in the airport looking to hop on a stand by or maybe trying out a way to get my CC working.. I'm down to my last few pesos where I can scrape together the departure tax but not another nights accomdation....
I set the alarm at 4.55am, and was in a stinky old lada on my way to the airport within 20 minutes, I paid 15 CUC pesos for the ride.
Copa airlines came to the rescue, the guy at the desk was helpful in giving me ideas, routes and helping me getting my credit card the OK for payment of the flight.. So I came away with a return ticket to Panama City which will give me time to stock up on the copious amounts of cash needed to get by in Cuba and also use my Havana to Cancun flight too.. I will have to research the onward ticket saga for the flight aswell. I'm pretty excited...