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Nov 18, 2016 - Trinidad and eastwards towards Guantanamo

The ancient city of Trinidad is the jewel in Cuba’s crown: a colonial district of cobbled streets and pastel-coloured houses and red tiles rooftops, deserving of its UNESCO award in 1988. One of the earliest Spanish settlements in 1517 it was in the eighteenth century populated by thousands of African slaves brought in to service the sugar industry until the slave revolts in the 1840s. As non Spanish speakers we were fortunate to find a guesthouse run by an Italian couple who pulled out all the stops with a chocolate cake and bottle of rum...

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Apr 12, 2014 - SB: Santiago de Cuba

Long live the music in Santiago de Cuba. Good city but dam, I have never been this on edge in Cuba. I was constantly approached by people looking to sell me soap, cigars, rum or something. It was not a good feeling at all. I remember telling this guy asking me where I was from that it wasn’t his dam business. I got rude real quick and stayed rude for both nights I was there. Usually when I walk alone in Havana or in other cities, I am left alone to my own thoughts and it’s wonderful but here, it was a whole different game plan. Everyone...

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Xela 2012

Feb 4, 2014 - To Santiago de Cuba and 5 Feb In Santiago

4 Feb – to Santiago de Cuba We had to retrace our steps to Guantanamo along the only road there is, with a stop at a pleasant beach but too pebbly for any swimming. We checked into our 5 star Melia hotel with its many facilities and lots of options for our international tastes and I opted to go to the Italian restaurant in the hope of getting something a bit varied than of late. In Baracoa they did make an effort for me but do not have much idea of what to serve so it was a bit dull while the rest of the group tucked into piles of meat on...

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Cuba and Colombia

Jun 28, 2009 - Copper, barracks, and graveyard

Up and breakfast but argue with Ella. I left for the tour but she soon followed – but a bit late. We first went to the barracks where Castro led his first assault on the Batista regime. Bright yellow building with pock marks from bullets. The marks were actually from the military as there was little gunfire and the Batista’s wanted to paint Castro as a violent revolutionary. We toured the building and saw where the torture chamber was as well as many other historic spots. All the barracks in the country had been turned into schools – and...

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Cuba and rum

Jun 27, 2009 - Beach, Birthday, and Tropicana!

Up for 8:30 breakfast and to main house to meet with te group. Bus to the beach but water rough and plans spoiled. Heavy current left to right – just stay in a short while then up the a bar (Rueda) and work on journal and have some drinks under a mango tree talking to Emily. Buy two local kids sandwiches for lunch. Beach was quite crowded – lots of young folks Back to the home stay (Jose’s) and rest a bit. Get dressed up for the Tropicana. Go to Elaine and Marie’s. Ella gives Elaine a massage and then back to Jose’s to rest up again. Back...

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Cuba and rum

Jun 26, 2009 - Big city

Taken to our home stay and get one room (AC) with a bathroom attached. The lady of the house was nice but the guy a bit opinionated and not pleasant. Dinner of red snapper and rice, fruit, squash, and fried potatoes (wasn’t great – fish very dry). Guy comes out and starts talking at us about his experiences and his attempts to get to the US. Rather racist but actually in favor of the revolution and opposed to the US system. Long conversation – almost a lecture. Finally back to the room and decide to go to Casa de la Troba… Wonderful music!...

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Cuba and rum

Aug 18, 2007 - Santiago de Cuba

Saturday 18th August 2007 Having booked our Casa Particular we were met by a guy in a jeep but unfortunately I was so tired I didn't realise why his friend was trying to grab my bag...didn't do much for their latino impressions of western women when I entered a push and pull contest with the bag. Turned out our place was full and we were sent over the road to use the spare room of a friend. The place was pretty much a museum with decoration untouched in decades. Exhausted from the overnight bus we went straight to bed. Spent the afternoon...

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Jul 1, 2007 - Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba is the city of heros in Cuba. It is the second largest city and is famous for the assistance the people of the city provided to Fidel in his struggle to take over the country in 1959. During our stay in SdC we visited the Moncada Barracks where Fidel and his rebels first tried to make a stand against the government. We learnt of his strategy and how this failed and saw the evidence of the battle and artifacts associated with that period. The tour guide for the museum, Winces, was fabulous. He spoke great english and made...

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Pammy in Cuba

Apr 24, 2006 - Cuba - Oriente

The Oriente (east) In Santiago we hired a car and spent our last week travelling around the Oriente (east). It was a bit scarey driving in Cuba, but we did (sort-of) get used to it. The challenge is the cyclists. There are not that many cars, but heaps of cyclists. In fact, there are so many cyclists that the 'balance of power' shifts - the cars give way to the bikes. But there are no defined rules for how this works. The best we arrived at is that the cars share the middle third of the road, and the cyclists have (at least) the other two...

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Alexes Abroad

Apr 15, 2006 - Santiago de Cuba

despois de doce horas de viaxe en autobus por fin chegei a Santiago de Cuba, vou ter que acostumbrarme a eso... a ciudad e bonita, mais limpia que La Habana, aunque si tamen che andan encima os jineteros intentando vender cualquer cousa. Pero non hay playas bonitas e por eso xa pronto me marcho pra baracoa!

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Nov 19, 2005 - Santiago de Cuba (i.p.v. Baracoa)

Onze reis naar Baracoa is gestrand in de buurt van Banes, om de eenvoudige reden dat er geen weg meer was.. Zodoende naar Santiago de Cuba gereden. De casa particular die we hadden uitgezocht was vol, dus hebben we twee nachten in een hotel geslapen. Santiago de Cuba is de twee na grootste stad van Cuba. Onze indruk: druk, vies en vol met jineteros (mannen die aan toeristen willen verdienen). Niettemin ook bijzonder en levendig! We zijn rondgeleid door Roberto, de barman van ons hotel. Hij heeft aan ons sigaren verkocht en naar een...

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Vamos a Cuba!

May 28, 2005 - Cuba

Santiago De Cuba: Up early but worth it for the sunrise was spectacular over the pool. Flew over on the same sized plane as to Grand Turk (a 19 seater prop). Met another couple from Australia living on Parrot Cay (NE of Provo), called Sharyn and Peter who were also stopping at the hotel Casa Granda. The flight included a tour at the other end with an English speaking guide who told us a bit about the history of the island and the about the Revolutions. He showed us the tourist areas like: where Castro had his first battle and the monuments...

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