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Cuba 2016

The distant lights of Havana once again

                Our final days and appropriately it’s stormy and cool. The roiling Caribbean sea makes a fantastic backdrop to dinner on a terrace but it’s rather like Swanpool! Thank goodness we visited Varadero, the biggest beach resort on the island: not only was it gloriously sunny, but the … Continue reading »

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Day of Pigs

More photos to follow, running out of internet time! Giron beach, location of The Bay of Pigs battle, and we have settled into an all inclusive govt hotel for 24 hours: it’s like Butlins, communist style, only not as nice!! But the beer and teas and water are plentiful – so great to rehydrate and … Continue reading »

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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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