To the other end of the island

Trip Start Oct 01, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Arriving near to sunset in santiago there were no taxis to take me up the hill to my hotel. I could have walked but managed to get a lift with a local for 2$, I dumped my bags a quickly set off out on the town because a Saturday night in Santiago is ment to be hot and kicking.

I was and still are unimpressed with the nightlife of Santiago de Cuba.. Apparently there was ment to be music flowing through the streets, maybe in the daytime theres a bit going on to please the tourists but at night most of the time it was eerily quiet, the bars I'd found all looked more like they were catering to resturant goers and ended up getting a beer a sitting in a park as that looked the most happening spot. After Jamaica any place that makes big claims for great nightlife is gonna have to pull their socks up because it looks like I'm often gonna be disapointed.

I managed to find a disco and bar at the las americas hotel, I liked the look of the outside bar but was told the entrance is round the back, when I got there the bouncer said I have to wait in line untill midnight for the cabaret show to end, i was like OK there's F*** all going on anywhere else so will have to, after patiently waiting for nearly an hour i was let in to find out it was a queue for the disco and not the outside bar.. I felt like I was cheated waiting for something I didn't really wanted to be at, I sunk a couple of beers and was getting anyway so was looking for a vodka redbull to give me a boost but there wasn't amy there, I ended up sinking a few bailey lookalikes and remember after a quick 'drunken dance' left and then paid someone on a motorbike $2 to take me back to parque cepedes.

Sunday was a total waste of time watching crappy CNN all day due to a hangover, apparently I missed the Cuban vote for something or other but also missed the rains that came, So Monday arrived and I was hoping to look into getting permission to gain entry to the guantanamo bay look out, I was disapointed to find out its been closed for the last 7 months, I then walked round to the moncado barracks where there's the musuem dedicated to fidel's first but failed attempt at overthrowing Batistas army and governent but this was just my luck to be closed on Mondays. I'd done a lot of walking today and just managed to get back down to parque cepedes before the rain started belting down. Tommorow I'll head to playa siboney and chill on the beach for the next three days hopefully in the same casa particular I was in 5 years ago.

Casa de trova in santiago is a much hyped venue but for the night that I got there I found really it's just hype, full off grannies and grandads and a couple of passed it hookers with their grey haired boops.. I could only withstand it for one beer.
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