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Monthly Archives: January 2016

Trinadad and Cienfuegos

UNESCO Trinadad is the top tourist destination outside Havana. It’s a warren of cobbled streets and beautiful two storey colonial furnished regency buildings. We cycled through fields of sugar cane, again absolutely no farm machinery, occasional buses but horses still dominate. On these empty roads, it’s no wonder we meet so many cyclists (3 yesterday, … Continue reading »

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Sancti Spiritus

I will post more photos when I have faster internet. Santi Spiritus is sweet little town over 500 km from Havana, as different from the city as Wells is to London. We cycled through Havana in the rain at 5am to catch the bus here, and plan to cycle back along the coast with the prevailing wind. … Continue reading »

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Out in the sticks..

Casas are big money here in Cuba so if you are fully booked it’s wise to have a neighbour with a spare room. So here we are, listening to a noisy Monday evening in a bungalow garden overlooked by flats – fortunately not the huge grim blocks around the corner, they’re quite scary- and predominantly … Continue reading »

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Our man in Havana

  First impressions? Charles “Couldn’t be more shit if they tried!” Communist architecture is bleak in its unrelenting sameness. Blackened concrete blocks with washing hanging from narrow balconies and modern truly ugly towers. Finally we reach the famous Malecon sea front path but it’s potholed and covered in debris deposited by unseasonal storms. Not so … Continue reading »

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Communist Cuba

Cuba’s isolation stretches far deeper that it’s coastal borders: it’s unbelievable that people still live like this, isolation that seems so incredible and complete. Where to begin? I emailed Adrian, out first casa host ” anything from Cancun’s supermarkets?” 10x Colgate total 125g and dove white soap. He was delighted. Here in Cuba Colgate costs … Continue reading »

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Adios Mexico

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=958507724217862&id=147141758687800 Our final morning in Mexico: Sarah flies home via her very good friend in Washington, and we fly to Cuba for 4 weeks – we are not expecting easy access to the internet but lots of salsa ( me) and cigars (Charles). El Chapo is captured, and Los Mochis is recovering yet again from … Continue reading »

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Dog 1 Charles 0

Charles will always stop to confront wild dogs but last night while drinking tequila in a lovely beach front home,  a dog sneaked one of his trainers from the porch and chewed it! It now matches his helmet, chewed by En’s dog last summer. We cycled from Merida to Progresso ( a chaotic hostel but … Continue reading »

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Merida city

Modern Merida was founded by Conquistador Francisco de Montejo the son ( father and cousin had the same name) but carved Mayan stones form the foundation blocks of the cathedral (1598) and the remains of pyramids suggest that this could be the ‘oldest continually-occupied city in the Americas’. It has the largest indigenous population in Mexico, 60% … Continue reading »

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Ruta Puuc and citrus groves

We decided not to give Sarah the meaning of Puuc, hills. For Charles and I the hills were pleasant after so many flat miles: suddenly there is scenery, and there’s nothing better than a fast free-wheel! Traditional towns and villages, hidden temple complexes in forest, all to ourselves and a huge cave system to visit. … Continue reading »

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Charles’s new year resolution, no more temples!!!

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