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  • Day109

    off to Cuba

    December 31, 2018 in Cuba ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Last day of this year - first day in Cuba!
    Havana it is for the news years eve! I strolled through the streets full of contrasts & colors, everywhere music and people dancing! We celebrated midnight somewhere in the streets, unspectacular because all the Cuban celebrating at home in family.Read more

  • Day130

    Cuba -> Colombia

    January 21, 2019 in Cuba ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Travelday!
    bye Cuba 🇨🇺
    hello Colombia again 🇨🇴

    Today happens what every traveler is afraid of ...

    Let’s start with the nice taxi driver who bought me (more or less) a whole banana tree 😂
    I asked him to stop to buy 2 bananas, I wanted to do it by myself but he didn’t let me. So I got 10 or 12 bananas 🍌 I took 5 and the rest i gave him, his face was hilarious!

    But then the struggle starts 🙄
    For the check in the airline wanted to see when I’m leaving Colombia again.
    I hadn’t book anything, but knowing when I’m leaving the country. But without any proof the didn’t check me in! Normally it’s easy to book something spontaneously but not in Cuba, where mobile data or WiFi isn’t available.
    During a long discussion, the time was running, the flight was already closed I had the idea to fake something thanks Instagram! 🤣 they didn’t really accept it but couldn’t proof it’s wrong so luckily they booked me on the next fly! 🎊
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  • Day14

    Street Art

    December 28, 2018 in Cuba ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Another stunning - but humid Havana day. After breakfast we walked across Parque Central to meet our guide Miguel.

    He drove us about 20 minutes out of town to a fishing village now known as ‘Fusterlandia’ - after the local artist who decided during the early 1990’s to boost the morale of his community by decorating the outside of his house with mosaic tiles.

    The locals so loved the Gaudi-esque effect they asked him to do theirs and the whole project grew to cover almost the entire neighborhood. Now, Fustre’s house is a tourist attraction and his artworks sell for thousands of dollars.

    We all absolutely loved the whimsical, colourful effect and could have stayed much longer exploring the other houses. But we had to move on.

    We were then taken to three other artistic neighbourhoods - none as immersive as Fustre’s, but all so impactful on the local area.

    One consisted artworks made entirely from recycled objects, and made a political statement with the artists use of colours.

    Another was inspired by the local hairdressers and barbers who encouraged cafe and restaurant operators to establish outdoor eateries amongst the artwork. They even created a children’s playground with all of the equipment inspired by elements found in a barber’s shop.

    It was a fascinating and uplifting morning which really reminded us of what can be achieved by one person’s vision and creativity.
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  • Day10

    Cementerio Cristobal Colon

    February 10 in Cuba ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Dieser Friedhof von Havanna ist der drittgrößte auf der Welt.

  • Day11

    Malecon Havanna

    February 11 in Cuba ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Der Malecon ist insgesamt 8km lang und ist die Promenade Havannas.

  • Day9

    Casa de la Musica

    February 9 in Cuba ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Casa de la Musica wird einmal die Woche von der Sprachenschule aus organisiert

  • 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

  • Day51

    Havana ooh na na.

    July 6, 2019 in Cuba ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    We hopped over to Cuba from Cancun, taking with us a toy truck for a random mans son in later dwelled upon suspicious circumstances... in hindsight maybe not so wise (Schapelle Corby). Anyhow, we got through thank goodness and had two nights in Havana before our sailing shenanigans.
    We spent the mornings walking the streets, always a friendly person to meet. The people are warm and the weather even warmer.
    One of the oldest cities in the Americas with a rich history, there was plenty to explore.
    Cubans are fiercely proud of their country and after the efforts of the Revolution who can blame them. It is slowly becoming a tourist hotspot which has been good for the Cuban economy. However, the Cuban Government still takes much more from the people then necessary and doesn’t allow the ultimate amount of freedom they so desire. However, the people are still awfully friendly (sometimes too much).
    We were tired of all the wolf whistles and being hit on every two steps so off onto a boat for a week to explore the Cuban Islands and swim in the Caribbean yeeha.
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  • Day8

    Cuban Showers, Lobsters and a Super Moon

    March 9 in Cuba ⋅ 🌙 23 °C

    I suppose I could have claimed that I had planned it that way, however that would have been a bit of a lie. The truth is that it was just one of those glorious coincidences that often seem to happen during travel.

    We had been told that we were being taken to a lovely rooftop restaurant in old Havana. That was all we knew. At 7 pm out bus collected us from the hotel and took us back to the now familiar centre of the city. A short walk took us to the selected restaurant, followed by a challenging climb up several flights of stairs on a very narrow and very steep staircase.

    We emerged on the very top of the building where a long table had been prepared for us. Soon we were happily chatting away when I noticed the clouds part to reveal a glorious full moon. There was something magical about seeing a huge full moon over the rooftops of such a famous city. It was only later that I learned that the moon really WAS special - it was one of those "super moons" that only occur at certain times when the moon is closer than usual to the earth.

    The meal itself was also rather special. I chose the "number 7", which was a full seafood spectacular. complete with prawns and a huge lobster tail. It was the best meal I had eaten since arriving in Cuba. I had heard a lot about Cuban lobsters, but this was my first chance to actually taste it for myself.

    This I awoke to some good news and some bad news. The good news was that the howling wind that had almost blown us off the island yesterday had slightly abated. The bad news was that it had been replaced by a succession of light passing showers. It always seems that every extended ride is accompanied by at least one wet day, and it looked like toady was going to be that day.

    While I don't mind getting slightly damp, the thought of being saturated right down to my shoes did not have much appeal. Before we actually began the ride we were transported to an elevated location near a giant statue of Jesus. The thing that makes this statue someone special is that it was created by a woman.

    We unpacked the bikes and donned our wet weather gear. The first stop was a nearby display of old military items from the cold war days. It also included the remains of the US spy plane famously shot down during the missile crisis. We also created something of another international incident when several of our team (including me) accidentally climbed onto the sacred military monument and were chastised by the angry guard.

    The next hour or so alternated between showers and sunshine. When the sun did appear, the humidity shot up and we were soon sweating away inside our jackets. The rain did eventually disappear completely and we were able to dispense with the coats.

    One of the biggest hazards of cycling in Cuba is not the risk of being run over by a car, as the drivers are generally very courteous and give us a wide berth. The real danger is that of being asphyxiated by a lungful of noxious black smoke from the ancient vehicles. I suspect that some of them have not had an oil change in decades and the fumes really are nauseating.

    After riding for a considerable distance along a busy highway, we were relieved when we finally turned off onto a much quieter road. This gave us our first real experience with rural Cuba. Several old horse drawn carts passed by. Numerous "holas" were exchanged in greeting. Our riders were in high spirits and thoroughly enjoying being out of the traffic.

    Our destination for the morning was an organic farm, that was well known for the innovative ways that they raised a wide variety of crops, fruits and livestock. It really was fascinating and the lunch they served was wonderful. The highlight was a whole pig that they had prepared for us, complete with crackling ! I could not help but return for seconds.

    Later in the afternoon we were taken back into Havana for a Salsa Class. This was conducted on a rooftop terrace, complete with loud music and a collection of Cuban dancer partners. For a shy introvert like myself, this was about as much fun as a visit to the all night dentist. I was happy to sit and guard the bags while the rest of the group hopped and gyrated around.

    This evening some of the group went to a show in the old town, while the rest did their own thing. Tomorrow morning we will be checking out of this fine old hotel and moving on to the next leg of our adventure.
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  • Day6

    In the Footsteps of the Rich and Famous

    March 7 in Cuba ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    I have stayed in some pretty incredible hotels over the years, but the Hotel Nacional de Cuba will certainly go down as one of the most memorable. This opulent hotel was opened in 1930 and soon become the place where the rich and famous of the world always stayed when they were in Cuba.

    The list of previous guests includes a huge cavalcade of famous names - Nat King Cole, Winston Churchill, Jimmy Carter, Frank Sinatra, Josephine Baker are just a few of the images I noticed while walking the halls. The Nacional Hotel was also the preferred place for notorious gangsters and Mafia heads as well. It is one of those buildings where every doorway could tell a story.

    Even though those grand days are now well past, the place is still imposing. It has recently undergone a refurbishment and the rooms are certainly comfortable and spacious. Even more importantly the wifi works in every room.

    The hotel seems to have an inordinate number of immaculately dressed staff. It almost feels like there is one staff member for each guest. The place is also liberally stocked with wandering musicians and singers. You cannot go far without hearing live music.

    Behind the hotel there are a series of constructions that give an insight into those notorious days in 1962 when the world nearly descended into nuclear war. It is interesting to hear the story told from the Cuban side as most westerners would only be familiar with the commonly accepted narrative of events.

    I began the day with breakfast, followed by a fascinating tour of the hotel. At noon I ventured out into the nearby streets in search of lunch, but ended up returning to the hotel empty stomached. At least the hotel is liberally catered for.

    Since I am still operating from a state of sleep deprivation, I then returned to my room for a siesta. When I opened my eyes it was after 5 pm ! The best sleep I have had for days.

    All members of our team have now arrived at the hotel, and in the evening we shared our first meal together in a cafe in the garden of the hotel. Overhead the full moon was shining brightly and we could hear the sounds of the large waves crashing onto the rocks nearby. The food itself was rather disappointing, but the ambiance was amazing.

    Tomorrow we begin our first day of cycling in Havana.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

La Habana, Provincia de La Habana, Havanna

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