A couple of Scotland friendlies, some exploring, new cultures and relaxation in Panama, Peru, Mexico and Cuba.
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  • Day30

    Schiphol

    June 24, 2018 in the Netherlands ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    I managed to sleep on the 9 hour plane from Havana to Amsterdam, but the seats were very uncomfortable, no padding, so I was always waking up to shift position, plus we only got 3.5 hours sleep on the friday night.

    So by Amsterdam I was shattered, and had 8 hours until the flight to Aberdeen. So found out they have a Yotel, which is a very small room hotel in Lounge 2 of Schiphol. I could get it for 4 hours, it had a bed, TV, power sockets, toilet and shower in a very small space. I felt great after the 4 hours. Will do that again if I have a long flight somewhere. I also went for a 40 minute full massage too, soooooo good 😄Read more

  • Day29

    Departing the Neptune, back to Havana

    June 23, 2018 in Cuba ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Today we left the Neptune, and travelled four hours to Havana. Most of the group had flights later in the day, or the following days. But my flight was only a couple of hours away, so it was a quick goodbye to everyone, and straight into a taxi to the airport.

  • Day28

    Cienfuegos, Cuba

    June 22, 2018 in Cuba ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    We went into the beautiful city of Cienfuegos and visited the UNESCO World Heritage site of the central park Jose Marti. In the evening, we had a musical surprise visit by Luisito’s live music on the boat. After a delicious final dinner of fresh lobster and fish we caught ourselves, we danced the evening away at the local disco.Read more

  • Day27

    Playa Paraíso

    June 21, 2018 in Cuba ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    After releasing Leonardo, we travel a short distance, anchoring offshore and taking the zodiac ashore to a beautiful beach. This is Paradise Beach, one of the main beaches on Cayó Largó, and unusually for us there's a few people here.

    We relax here for a while, before Eduardo and the rest of the crew come ashore for a BBQ picnic, grilled chicken on the beach yum yum.

    After returning to the Neptune and just before we leave, most of us decide to continuously jump off the roof of the cabin into the water. I think the people on the beach enjoyed it as several are seen waving.
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  • Day27

    Freedom for Leonardo

    June 21, 2018 in Cuba ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    After breakfast, we revisited the Turtle Rescue Centre, because today we were going to do something very special, releasing the 1.5 year old green turtle "Leonardo" out onto the reef.

    It was an emotional moment when Leonardo the man, who had raised him, said his goodbyes to Leonardo the turtle.

    We sailed a short distance to a nearby reef, and gathered in the water, as Allan released him. We followed him for 30 minutes and he was already eating after that time – amazing!
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  • Day26

    White Wednesday Party - Cayó Largó

    June 20, 2018 in Cuba ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Then in the evening we docked in the marina of Cayo Largo and after sundown we all tried our dance moves at the “White Wednesday” party..

    This was an open air nightclub, with only the dance floor covered with a thatched roof. It was the Cayó Largó event of the week, as all the workers and tourists congregated here. It was pretty normal to take your own bottle of rum to the party, as did the captain when he plonked the bottle on the floor in the middle of our group and said drink. 😜

    The funniest event of the night had to be when a red crab 🦀 walked across the middle of the dance floor and nobody thought it was unusual. 😂🤣
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  • Day26

    Coral Gardens

    June 20, 2018 in Cuba ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    In the afternoon we kayaked back to the Neptune, spotting a stingray on the way. We again set sail to the east, heading for Cayo Largo, stopping for a short while at the Coral Gardens.

    Here we went snorkeling and the crew went hunting for food. Eduardo who was using a speargun managed to get several fish, however, one on them had darted into some coral just as he fired at it. He got the fish, but the spear got lodged inside the coral. Eventually he had to cut it from the rope and leave it. He wasn't happy.Read more