Day one, and what a long day it is… part 2

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First sight we saw after the electrical equipment was allowed back on :)

The ten hour flight took forever at some points, yet was almost over before we knew it. I checked the overhead TV screens once an hour, every hour. Not by keeping time, oh no. It's just that every time I wondered how much time had past and how long before we would reach our destination, I looked up to the screen only to notice an hour had passed since the last time I looked. So, there we were, just ten minutes or so from landing. From our position in the middle row of the plane, landing felt like crashing into the jungle. The nearest windows were an aisle and two seats away so upon landing all we saw was trees, trees and more trees coming rapidly towards us, closing in ever faster until they engulfed us completely. Fortunately we landed safely on the runway. When we stepped out of the plane and on to the tarmac, Cuba embraced us with a warm blanket of humid air.

Hehehe... winter coat has gone and my lovely wife is radiating just from being in the tropics again.
We loved the place already :)

 

Security clearance at Holguin's airport 'Frank Pais' went smooth. We didn't experience any of the horrible things we had read about on internet forums. The boarder security lady did ask me about my laptop, but after I told her in which hotel I would be staying, she had no problem with me taking it in to the country. Pretty soon after we had cleared customs our luggage gently rolled by on the conveyer belt. The whole thing, from landing to collecting our luggage, had taken less time then checking in at Schiphol. Go figure! Outside the airport our local tour operator's representative stood waiting. Eider was his name, Cuban born, but he had been to The Netherlands on four occasions and spoke perfectly good Dutch. He handed all the incoming tourists their envelope and directed us to the busses. The train ride to the airport back home had taken about an hour, which was followed by the three hour check in-security-boarding procedure. Then the ten hour flight had followed of course, and now we were in for a bus ride of yet another hour or so for the transit to the hotel.

Lisa, the intern.
This is beginning to feel like 'planes, trains and automobiles' :)

 

In the bus tour operator intern Lisa had what seemed like one of her very first guidance trips. Nervously and un-habituated she held the microphone, not close enough to her mouth. She was eager to learn though, because after we had told her no-one could hear her, she made sure it never left her lips again. She told us everything she knew about the country and the region.

 

Along the route we saw some fine examples of those beautiful American classic cars from the fifties Cuba is now famous for. One was a sad sight though; pulled over by a cop for a speeding ticket. We got that explanation after we had noticed the bus slowed down to mere crawling speed. Apparently the bus driver didn't want us to meet local law enforcement :) In general, the roads were scattered with the widest range of transportation. Everything from medieval ox pulled carriages to the latest model of modern automotive.

The obligatory dance group and fruit cocktail we skipped.
You name it, they have it. Bikes, motorcycles (often with sidecar) horse and carriage combinations, Russian army trucks, former Dutch busses, still with their original Dutch destination on them, all in different stages of… how shall I put this…. decomposition. Well…, that is…, besides the modern (rental) cars of course, which all seemed in pristine condition.

 

When finally arriving at the hotel we skipped the welcoming cocktail and the 'seems-to-be-obligatory-at-any-tropical-destination-dance-group', and headed straight for the check-in lady who was there to help us putting on our wristbands. You know: those tags that cry out “look I'm a foreigner, rich and stupid, please come and sell me poor quality clutter for tower high prices”. Well sure…. I'll put it on… but only if you promise me I can go to my room immediately after :D

 

Fortunately we did find our room quick enough, because light was starting to fade already. Bless the tropics, evening is setting in fast. Our first evening on Cuba is a beautiful one, despite me having dinner by myself. Jacomien was too tired to eat. It was warm and humid in a cosy way and the staff I met was very friendly. But, with a 21 hour day already under my belt I was getting tired fast too. So, after dinner it was an early night Cuban time, or a very late night Dutch time. As soon as I hit the pillow I slept like a baby :)
Sweetski says:
I know...., I´m sorry...., everytime I want to updat, some blah blah holiday gets in my way :D
Posted on: Jan 07, 2010
Sunflower300 says:
I was just about to say, "Didn't you go for longer than a day?" :) It's high time you updated Rudolph. :) I hope your New Year started with a bang. Mine started with a bang, pop, and then a fizzle. Things are looking a little brighter today.
Posted on: Jan 07, 2010
Sweetski says:
Updates coming as soon as possible :) Thanks for the compliment :D
Posted on: Dec 25, 2009
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