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Epic colonial architecture, libidinous young salsa dancers, Che Guevara murals, white-powder sandy beaches, swaying fields of sugar cane - the images of Cuba are as transfixing as they are timeless. This is an island of unique historical heritage floating amid a sea of encroaching globalisation. Travel in Cuba can involve anything from sipping mojittos at an all-inclusive resort in Varadero to scraping the spit and sawdust off your shoes outside the Casa de las Tradiciones in Santiago. The burgeoning tourist sector rubs up against the Cuba of communist myth.

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Fri, 18 Mar 2016 | By excellentadventure | Photo Gallery


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Day 47 v2: Jam rolls

Mon, 14 Mar 2016 | By excellentadventure | Views [76]

Jam rolls for breakfast...omg I was so excited! There is alot of sitting around waiting for buses, trains, planes when you travel. I can see you're getting angry at that comment so I will continue. Well it's lucky we got to the bus station early because ... Read more >

Day 46 v2: Shell

Sun, 13 Mar 2016 | By excellentadventure | Views [61]

Breakfast at a cafe for something different. Whole day devoted to beach laziness. I swam about a km across the beach - I packed the goggles for times like this. The water was super clear, just like being in a pool. Reading and listening to music and ... Read more >

Day 45 v2: Saturno

Sat, 12 Mar 2016 | By excellentadventure | Views [70]

Hired a scooter for some fun times and in search of Saturno Cave. As we do, we get limited information and give it a go.....9 times out of 10 we never get it right. Much like today, we ended up overshooting our destination by 40mins...but found the cool ... Read more >

Day 44 v2: El Torro

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 | By excellentadventure | Views [66]

So Mike read a review of Varadero saying it was "soulless"....well it aint far from the truth. We stayed her a few days too long, but the beach is pretty spectacular! White sand, lovely clear blue sea, stunning. The soulless part is the all-inclusive ... Read more >

Day 43 v2: Autobus

Thu, 10 Mar 2016 | By excellentadventure | Views [58]

Grabbed a hand-made souvenir from the cook at Charbela's place. Escaped the Zika fumigation and headed for the park to read while we waited for the afternoon Varadero bus. Had a nice long chat with Charbela, she showed us pix of her grandchildren, the ... Read more >

Day 42 v2: Waterfall walk

Wed, 9 Mar 2016 | By excellentadventure | Views [97]

Still full from dinner...but couldnt say no to breakfast. Decided to take a walk out of town to a local waterfall and swimming hole in El Cubano national park. It didnt disappoint, water was a lovely 22, fresh from the top of the mountain. We swam ... Read more >

Day 41 v2: Ride

Tue, 8 Mar 2016 | By excellentadventure | Views [63]

Mike mentioned bike hire to Charbela over breakfast and 30 seconds later the mechanic from across the street was at the table to answer our questions. Then says he'll have 2 bikes ready in half an hour. Off to the beach: Peninsula Ancon via a little ... Read more >

Day 40 v2: Lunes

Mon, 7 Mar 2016 | By excellentadventure | Views [58]

When travelling by bus in Cuba be sure to buy your tickets 1 or 2 days in advance. Took us 5 hours from Havana to Trinidad, where we met Lewis (Julio's cousin?) who took us to Charbela and Andres casa. Dont always asume you'll be put in the casa you ... Read more >

Day 39 v2: Granma

Sun, 6 Mar 2016 | By excellentadventure | Views [52]

I went to the Museum of Fine Arts (because i'm classy like that) and Mike sort of visited the Museum of the Revolution. San Jose Markets are cool, I was tempted to buy a canvas painting. We discovered that Cuba loves tourists....much like Italy ... Read more >

Day 38 v2: Yella

Sat, 5 Mar 2016 | By excellentadventure | Views [69]

Decided today would be a classic car day. We bargained with the driver's "pimp", getting him down to 30 cuc for 45mins...which he agreed to at the time but gave us a lecture when we came back. It was SO fun though. The only Buick in Havana, everything ... Read more >

Day 37 v2: Bank card boo boo

Fri, 4 Mar 2016 | By excellentadventure | Views [55] | Comments [1]

So Mike loses his bank card in a machine, on a Sunday in the most non-techy country in the whole wide world. The story goes - he was already feeling anxious with lots of people around, then the machine spits out the cash in 5 peso notes...which ... Read more >

Day 36 v2: Chevy heaven

Thu, 3 Mar 2016 | By excellentadventure | Views [60] | Comments [1]

Headed to Central Park and found where all the cars hang. Casa del Chocolate for some cold and hot chocolate drinks with special orange and mint filled hand made chocolates. Just wandered around - Capital Building, Old Havana, had an icecream, laughed ... Read more >

Day 35 v2: Cuba

Wed, 2 Mar 2016 | By excellentadventure | Views [69] | Comments [2]

I wrote a poem about my first impression of Havana. The buildings stood tall, once grand and polished, now grey and decayed. The streets alive as people move through a labyrinthe of colonial architecture. Dancers graced the fort, draped in vivid blue, ... Read more >

Day 34 v2: Casa Particulares

Tue, 1 Mar 2016 | By excellentadventure | Views [62]

From Managua to Cuba with a short stop in Panama. A lady farted right next to me during our stop over - hilarious! Arrived in Cuba in the evening. Practiced our Spanish with Eduardo the taxi driver. He liked Cuban music...alot. Lots of old ... Read more >

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