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  • Day26

    Havana

    December 18, 2018 in Cuba ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Havana is a city with a lot of things to see. You can literally see that the time stands still in some of Havana’s neighborhoods. The buildings are still old, the kind of recent revolution (during the 1960’s) is still visible. The history of the city is impressive, the whole story of the revolution can be found in the revolution museum in the centro. Havana is a city that is living, it is always crowded with a lot of music and a lot of colors but what I noticed negatively is that tourists are clearly separated from the local society. Since the tourists have to pay in the currency which is especially for them, everything is super expensive. On every street and in every corner people are coming to you and try to sell you stuff, which is okay for the first day but after day 5 I’m only annoyed. If you walk in the side streets, you can see the real Havana, especially the poverty of the Cubans. Since the Cuban system works in a way that there is no real poor and rich, only poor, basically no one has money. There are no real supermarkets here and the country is constantly in a shortage of certain products. When I entered a “supermarket”, which was more like a little side corner store, I was only able to find one sort of cookies, one kind of food in a can, one sort of milk. That’s it, the rest was sold out for the week and it’s only Tuesday. Mentioning by the way that one package of milk was about 2€. The poverty forces may people here to beg for food or money and the houses are damaged and old. Also if you walk through the side streets you can see all kind of things, people chilling in their front doors, people cutting hair, a shit load of trash, people selling fruits, street dogs, dead birds and yesterday I saw a dead pig head. If you are a couple from the mid 40’s that is able to spend the money for a beautiful Cuba holiday (which I would btw. estimate at 2500€ speaking of a 10 day average consumer trip), you will be impressed by the beauty of the country and the friendliness of the people but I would definitely not recommend it to backpackers with a lower budget because then it could happen that you will be confronted by the reality of Havana or Cuba in general. I will not say it’s not worth the trip, it definitely is! But it will might differentiate from your expectations.Read more

  • Day571

    Havanna uh la la

    February 10, 2019 in Cuba ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

    Half of my heart is in Havanna uh na na ...

    Eine Großstadt die von Athmosphäre überkocht. Verfallende und doch bewohnte Stadtpaläste, Supermärkte mit Großpackungen, die aber so einseitig im Sortiment sind, dass unsere Hausherrin jeden Morgen vor der Herausforderung steht ein vernünftiges Frühstück zu zaubern (das gelingt ihr aber zum Glück vortrefflich!) und Musik in allen Gassen.

    Gerade in der Altstadt gibt es eine Menge zu sehen und zu hören. Da schmeckt auch der Mojito gleich doppelt so gut!

    Wie es sich gehört werden wir dann noch mit einem alten Chevrolet von 1951 zum Busbahnhof gebracht.
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  • Day161

    Mas Habana

    November 19, 2018 in Cuba ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Heute starten wir den Tag mit einer Free Walking Tour von Vic, unserem Gastgeber. Wir laufen wieder kreuz und quer durch die Stadt, haben auch schon alles gesehen, was er uns zeigt, bekommen nun jedoch den kulturellen und historischen Hintergrund dazu erzählt.

    Vic empfiehlt uns eine staatliche Brauerei inkl. Restaurant, wo wir nach der Tour gleich Essen gehen wollen, da wir mittlerweile schon halb verhungert sind. Nach 5 Minuten bereuen wir die Entscheidung leider schon. Das Essen ist unglaublich teuer und kalt und das Bier schmeckt so absolut gar nicht. Da bleiben wir doch lieber bei Rum, das können die Kubaner wirklich 😀. Wobei das Bier in Dosen und Flaschen auch besser ist.

    Zum Ausklang des Tages gehen wir wieder in unsere Lieblingskneipe Mas Habana. Heute essen wir auch etwas und sind sehr angetan. In Kuba kann man sich wirklich günstig verwöhnen lassen. Eine willkommene Abwechslung nach mehreren Wochen voller Reis, Mehl und Zwiebeln.

    Und:
    Heute wurde ich (Sophie) gleich zwei mal für mein gutes Spanisch gelobt. Wer verarscht hier eigentlich wen? 🤔
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  • Day5

    Fortaleza de San Carlos de La Cabaña

    December 20, 2016 in Cuba ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Laut Lonely Planet kann man auf dieser Festung einen halben Tag lang Zeit verbringen. Jeden Abend 21 Uhr findet eine Zeremonie statt, an deren Ende ein symbolischer Kanonenschuss fällt - früher wurden um diese Uhrzeit die Stadttore geschlossen.
    Klingt super, also sind wir hin. Naja, nach zwei Stunden hatten wir alles gesehen - Ein Che Museum, ein Zigarrenladen, viele alte Kanonen und einer Pause, in der wir mit Blick auf die Stadt ein Bierchen getrunken haben. Darum haben wir beschlossen, auf die Zeremonie zu verzichten, da wir uns dazu noch weitere 2 Stunden die Zeit hätten vertreiben müssen.
    Also sind wir zur Fähre gelaufen und haben auf dem Weg die Christo Statue entdeckt...
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  • Day14

    Plaza de la Catedral

    June 8, 2018 in Cuba ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    I wander further along the side of the Port and came across Plaza de la Catedral. A lot more tourists here, so followed their routes and found some interesting streets, and a bar "La Bodeguita del Medio" famous for something, have to investigate the Internet when I get it again, to find out why?

    Update: It turns out Ernest Hemingway was a regular at this bar.
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  • Day32

    5.1 Cuba 58

    September 24, 2018 in Cuba ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    In Havana (or Habana in Cuban Spanish) I stayed in the Cuba 58 hostel. Awesome location, very good breakfast and super easy to meet people.

    I met a bunch of people there and I very much like to visit them in their country.Read more

  • Day21

    Walking tour of Old Havana

    June 15, 2018 in Cuba ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Our final day of the first weeks tour, and it's a walk around Old Havana. There's a lot of it I have already seen from the week before. Afterwards we get dropped off at our Casa for the night, and say goodbye to our driver Michel.Read more

  • Day129

    Last day in cuba

    January 20, 2019 in Cuba ⋅ 🌧 21 °C

    On my last day I did the mandatory bus sightseeing tour to see also parts of Havana that are more outside the centre and to learn a little bit more about the city.

    Overall the city was for me to busy, too much cars and the dirty dust, crowded and loud... so off to new adventures, off to Columbia tomorrow!!!Read more

  • Day3

    Havanna

    March 13, 2019 in Cuba ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Bin gestern gut in Havanna gelandet, auch wenn die lange Anreise und die Aufregung meinem Magen ganz schön zugesetzt haben.
    Heute bin ich wieder fit und mache die Straßen von Havanna unsicher. 😉

  • Day3

    Bodeguita del medio (AVANA VEJA)

    December 29, 2018 in Cuba ⋅ 🌙 27 °C

    La Bodeguita del Medio is a typical restaurant-bar of Havana. It is a famous tourist destination because of the personalities which have patronized it: Salvador Allende, the poet Pablo Neruda, the artist Josignacio and many others. La Bodeguita lays claim to being the birthplace of the Mojito cocktail, prepared in the bar since its opening in 1942, although this is disputed. The rooms are full of curious objects, frames, photos, as well as the walls covered by signatures of famous or unknown customers, recounting the island's past.

    Today, there are establishments of the restaurant in locations outside Cuba, including Mexico, the United States, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Italy, Hungary, Macedonia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Germany, United Kingdom, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Lebanon, and China. In Spain, a company has opened four Bodeguitas del Medio, perfect replicas of the original Cuban restaurant. Today, tourists and locals continue to go to La Bodeguita del Medio to drink the authentic Cuban mojito.
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