Havana: Rum, Cigars & Salsa

Trip Start Oct 02, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Havana is like no place on Earth. It is hard to describe. The people have nothing, yet they have everything. They are so happy. Give them some rum, a cigar and music, and they donīt need much else else.

The flight over there was on a Cuban airline called Cubana, and the plane was a YAK 42. Now for those who are unfamiliar with this type of plane, to paint you a picture, it came directly from the 1973 USSR discard pile.
The seats not only went back, they went forward. John thought at one stage, they might ask us to peddle. I told him not to worry too much, if he got too stressed out, he could have a cigarette. Everyone else did. Ha ha

It is literally like stepping back in time in Cuba. The infrastructure is old and falling apart, but the city is so full of history and culture. The cars are all old or Russian (due to years of trade embargos), but they get by.

It was a bit of a culture shock for me to see the effects of years of Communism. Shops only have certain brands, the museums only tell you select information about the history of the country, even the menus at the restaurants are pretty much carbon copies of each other. It was a little bit sad and disappointing that the people live like that. But it will all change soon, hopefully...

We met a nice Cuban boy named Ahmed who took us around the city for a few days and showed us the sights. We did the obligatory cuban cigar factory tour, the cuban cigar smoke, the copious amounts of rum drinking and the salsa dancing.

But Havana is an expensive city. Our originally planned 9 day trip was cut short to 5.

We are off to Chichen Itza today and then down the East coast of Mexico. We are then going to cross the border into Belize and Caye Caulker.

Stay tuned.

We miss everyone but are having a blast. Will be in New york in a month! Itīs gone so quickly.

Keep us posted with all your goings on

Love Tahlie and John
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karrina on

still so jealous! but so happy for u! sounds like such an awesome experience.
miss u

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