Category Archives: Cuba

Impressions of Cuba – Cities

I often rely largely on photos to give the clearest idea of a place – of what attracted me, what surprised me, what amused me, and even at times what alarmed or dismayed me – but when recalling impressions of … Continue reading

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Whispers From the Che Mausoleum, Santa Clara, Cuba

Before visitors are allowed into this tomb they must hand over practically all of their belongings to a bag check guard. I was permitted to keep my notebook and pen and jacket. Somewhere on the internet perhaps there are official … Continue reading

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When is a cemetery a National Monument?

In the US, the president is allowed to establish National Monuments which provide a protected status for “historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic or scientific interest”. In Post-revolutionary Cuba, historical importance is instantly given to … Continue reading

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The Right Answer to the Wrong Question

It is unquestionably extremely useful – often even indispensable – to be able to communicate, at least a little, in Spanish when traveling in Latin America. Only in the most touristic sites was it possible to get around with any … Continue reading

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Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón, Havana

Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón Vedado District, Havana Established in 1876. The cemetery is criss-crossed by a neat grid of streets. In the center is the chapel, Capilla Central Avenida Cristóbal Colón bisects the plot into east and west halves. Toward … Continue reading

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Habana Centro

More views of the Centro District of Havana. Our Casa was one floor above street level on Calle Neptuno a one-way street heading west. Calle Neptuno is the route taken by the colectivo taxis heading in that direction. At dawn … Continue reading

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Where to stay in Havana

Options for short-stay tourist accommodations in Cuba are of three basic types. 1. Hotels, of varying degrees of comfort. 2. All-inclusive resorts (in the beach areas) where meals, beverages and beach activities are all included in the daily rate. 3. … Continue reading

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And Two Months Later – Cuba and The Yucatan

The Travel Bug had been on starvation rations for a couple of years. Finally, in January 2015, the time had come to set that critter loose again. And thus passed the following two months: The plan: 30 days in Cuba … Continue reading

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