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Nov 13, 2016 - the world's my lobster

There are no one-horse towns in Cuba, they wouldn't survive as everything depends on these animals to get people and goods to their destination, on horseback, in buggies or horse-drawn ‘taxis’. There have got to be tens of thousands of these animals in Cuba all told. They are not only ubiquitous in towns but also on inter-town highways often forcing a car or bus to crawl along at 5 mph until an overtaking opportunity arises. The 1950 chevvies are still found in provincial towns too, often as taxis, not just for tourist entertainment as in...

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Jul 25, 2016 - Santa Clara and Havana

Before we headed back to Havana, we got the opportunity to visit the Fiesta de los Abuelos. This group promotes the arts and performs service projects for children and retirees in Santa Clara. We learned several dances and the language of the fan. Next was a visit to a Hostel and Paladar. The owner welcomed questions about establishing and operating a business in Cuba. After a wonderful lunch, we headed back to Havana to get ready for a flight home the next day. We drove past the U.S. Embassy which is located along the Malecon in Havana....

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Cuba Adventure 2016

Jul 24, 2016 - Santa Clara

Trying but failing to beat the heat, we are up early and on the way to Santa Clara. After a quick city walk, we head to the Che Guevara Mausoleum. Che was a leader in the Cuban Revolution and was murdered in Bolivia in 1967. His remains were returned to Cuba in the 1980s when the monument was built. Then it was off to the Valley of Sugar Mills. Sugar came to Cuba in 1512 and was the main industry until the mid 1800s. We visited the Manaca Iznaga Plantation where some of the machinery can still be seen.

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Cuba Adventure 2016

Apr 4, 2014 - Santa Clara

After a long week of debating with the people living in my house on what city to visit next, I yielded to the desires of the masses and canceled my plans for a solo trip to Camaguey. I instead joined a group of 6 heading to Santa Clara to tour revolutionary sites associated with Ernesto Che Guevara. Che was an Argentine doctor, revolutionary and commander in the rebel army of Fidel Castro during the fight against Batista in the liberation of Cuba. After the Cuban revolution, Che fought with guerrilla forces in Angola and Bolivia where he...

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Xela 2012

Jan 31, 2014 - To Santa Clara and Sancti Spiritus

Friday 31 January 2014 Met up with a couple of people over breakfast and the rest in the lobby. In fact, there are two groups, mine and a cycling one which sounds more fun. There are several couples and four singles – all women but as yet I don’t really know much about anyone. We have a long day in order to get to the south passing through agriculture, marsh and tobacco areas. There were two main stops; one for a buffet lunch – very good – in a restaurant built in the traditional Indian style to be more hurricane resistant. They are...

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Cuba and Colombia

Jan 31, 2013 - Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba

We were so tired of the winter weather that we started looking for last minute deals to Cuba. There was a great deal on a newly opened hotel. This 5-star new hotel 'The Royalton' had just opened and the all inclusive price was to good to pass up. We packed our bags for a week of fun in the sun. The Resort had butlers to look after everyone (although we never saw ours until the last day when they wanted a tip - they didn't get one) and we had a great time at the bar each night. It was quite an intimate resort and we ended up meeting a lot...

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Living the Dream

Feb 17, 2010 - Santa Clara...beisbol

Feb 17 – Santa Clara Santa Clara, for us, will always be about beisbol (baseball). For most people who visit this lovely university city, it’s all about Che Guevarra. It was in Santa Clara that Che and his group of revolutionaries liberated the city from Batista’s army in 1958 Batista. But, for us, it’s all about beisbol. After learning that Michael (named after Michael Jackson) is a rabid baseball fan, we asked as many questions as we could about when and where the teams play. We had been under the impression that each provinces team...

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Feb 16, 2010 - Trinidad to Santa Clara

February 16 – Trinidad to Santa Clara We awoke, as usual, to a cacophony of sounds: the cooing of pigeons on the neighbour’s rooftop, the crowing of dozens of roosters vying to be the loudest, the clip clop of horses pulling wagons, the reciprocal barking of dogs left outside for the night, morning traffic transporting workers, and Fernando whistling his favourite song, “Strangers in the Night” (Victor vows to teach him a new song). The only unusual sound is that of a gentle rain tapping out a tune on the cement on our patio. At breakfast,...

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Jun 21, 2009 - Santa Clara

Up about 7:45 – to breakfast then pack to meet folks for the tour at 9:00. Nice bus with AC for the trip. Stop in a small café for a bite. Visit the Che Guevara memorial. I fell off a platform but am fine. Ella was not feeling well. The museum held many of Che’s effects – very interesting. The memorial itself was quite dark but moving. Remains sent back to Cuba from Bolivia several years before. Look at some pictures outside then off to Santa Clara. Eat at a restaurant with Elaine and Marie (Irish school teachers) with pizza and a nice cold...

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Cuba and rum

May 14, 2009 - Trinidad to Santa Clara

So in the previous entry Cory and Elaine shared some thoughts on Cuba and how tourists are treated differently from nationals. For tourists that go to Cuba and only stay in a resort I don’t think they get an actual feel for the Cuban people. We spent our next day after all our chores were finished heading off to Playa Ancon. Here there is yet another beach. For a small fee we are able to use all the facilities at an all inclusive resort for the day. The food was much better than in Cayo Largo, but vegetables still seem to be sadly missing....

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Aug 7, 2008 - Santa Clara

A short stay in Santa Clara, Che Guevaras adopted home town in Cuba and the first to fall to revolutionary guerillas in 1958 following the derailment of an amoured train carrying munitions and 350 government troops. Argentinian born, Che is an iconic symbol for Cubans. We visited his monument and mausoleum where his remains now lie after being recovered from a mass grave in Bolivia where he was captured and executed in 1967 by the Bolivian army (with the assistance of the US). We also visited the site of the train derailment, the bulldozer...

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Aug 16, 2007 - Santa Clara

Thursday 16th August 2007 Failed in an attempt to get the 8am bus (thank goodness you can't pay in advance!) and dragged our bags down to the bus station for the next one. In the absence of an attendant we had filled out the tags for our bags to be stored (copying the codes on the other bags!) and were luckly caught in the act putting our bags aside for Havana! With that rectified we got some breakfast and then slept in the hot waiting room whilst we waited for the next bus to Santa Clara. The waiting list for that was already full but...

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