Arriving in Cuba....
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I´m tired of the city life, summer´s on the run. People tell me I should stay, but I got to get some fun. So don´t try and hold me back. Aint nothing you can say. Snake eyes on the paradise, and we´ve got to go today.......Take to me to April Sun In Cuba....ohohohoh..
Hola mi amigos y mi familia!!
We made it into Cuba yesterday. Wow!!! So different to anywhere I have ever been before. In a good way, too.
Firstly, mobile doesn´t work so dont think I´m snobbing you - no reception at all. Also, internet extremely scarce, expensive and my-lord slow :( I am having technology withdrawals here.
We got a taxi from the aeropuerto to our casa partucalares but unfortunately it was fully booked.
Last night we went to the main street Obispo Street. We changed currency at the only bank you can and tried to buy a coke - easier said than done. We had a really basic meal but apparently, according to other tourists, it was good. Things are kinda expensive here....internet is EUR5 per hour, that´s the cheapest. Water is EUR1 per small bottle. Maybe not expensive but compared with Mexico, it is.
Today, we did the Museo Nacional De Bellas Artes (Musuem of Modern Art) and the Museo de la Revolucion (Museum of the Revolution). Both fascinating and well worth it. Took a quick shot of us infront of the actual tank that Fidel rode through on...you know the famous photos of Fidel standing in a tank through the Bay of Pigs invasion. That one!
We had lunch in a cute little cafe in the centre of town. Cobble stone streets everywhere with the most amazing architecture. Doors that are about 20 feet high, solid wood and brass knockers. Bright coloured buildings and old cars. James, you would love it here - every 2nd car is a an old American 50´s relic....in original condition or done up - it doesn´t matter here. We opted for a pizza for lunch which was dough, tomato paste and melted cheese.
No cuban cigars yet although they are everywhere. We arrived in Cuba a little tired and emotional from the night before. Way too many Dos Equis cervesas and too little sleep. I am still trying to shake this awful cold too so will wait a day or two for the cigars.
Off to Vinales tomorrow by bus (not too reliable we hear). There is horse riding in this valley which is supposed to be stunning. Also, we plan to go out to a cigar factory. After that, Playa del Estes which is about 30 kms from Habana. This is where all the locals to go beach it up and we figured they might be more entertaining than the Americans in Playa Del Carmen. 2 nights in each is the plan, with our last night back in Habana.
Locals here are soooo friendly, our casa owner is like a mum. She keeps telling us to put our hands over our eyes and ears with the Cuban men. They are a little leary and putting our hands over our ears is probably a good recommendation but god created some very handsome men here so I will not insult them by closing my eyes.
Well, we are off to get some dinner and back to our casa. Adios!!