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Cuba

Post by darvé » Mon Feb 23, 2009 6:45 pm

Has anyone been to Cuba?

we were brainstorming holiday ideas earlier and this was one of the only places we both agreed on.

Anyone know what it's like or have any 'must sees' they'd like to share?
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Re: Cuba

Post by a layer of chips » Mon Feb 23, 2009 7:31 pm

My mate used to go every year, Dave, and stay with an ACTUAL REAL CUBAN FAMILY. He said it was ace. And made everything dead cheap and stuff. Not that everything is expensive, I shouldn't expect, but he said the food and the atmosphere and everything was ace when you stayed with a family.

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Re: Cuba

Post by Mr Bear » Mon Feb 23, 2009 7:40 pm

I went there in my teens with my Dad - bear in mind that this was nearly 14 years ago, so things may be well different by now. However, I'd recommend going to Trinidad for a day or two - a beautiful town. Also, the Havana Club Rum place in Santiago de Cuba is well worth a visit. Needless to say Havana is an amazing place too. And the monuments to the revolution pretty much wherever you go are spectacular.

While I would definitely recommend going there, it is a rather bittersweet place to visit. You can have a great experience and see great things, what you get from the people is a mixture of disillusion and recognition that the Communist ideal is crumbling around them, but immense pride in what the country has to offer in cultural terms, as well as in terms of the quality of schooling and healthcare achieved in spite of the shadow of America looming over them for the last 46 years. The people are the best thing about the place.

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Re: Cuba

Post by darvé » Tue Feb 24, 2009 9:06 am

Thanks Andy, Thats pretty much how i imagined it to be, i was reading up on what to do there last night and i've kind of really sold it to myself. I don't think we'll be staying with a family though Sam, rustic as it sounds i need a holiday to get away from home life and just relax.

Still, i think Kirsten wants to go to Greece now, i don't know. Women.
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Re: Cuba

Post by tweepixie » Sat Jan 02, 2010 2:29 am

Look for the Bar Bodeguita del Medio to try the BEST Mojito in the world!
There´s a place called "El Buo"(The Owl,i´m not sure that´s the name but it has something to do with owls) where they play Jazz and Blues!
I´ve heard if you walk at "El Malecon" at night during weekends you will be able to meet some of the alternative scene in Havana.
Don´t be afraid to talk to people!!!They are VERY friendly and helpfull.Get ready to make friends for life!Just be carefull when you talk about politics(just listen to what they think first before you say your point of view).
Don´t leave without buying a Che Guevara t-shirt,seeying an "Elpidio Valdes" cartoon (Cuba´s Superman acording to a very cool old guy I met over there) and buying the "Gramna" and "Juventud Rebelde" (best news papers in Cuba!)
It will be an experience of a lifetime!I was there in 1992, where I spent a very nice New Years Eve!I never forgot it! :)

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Re: Cuba

Post by Klove » Thu Feb 18, 2010 4:56 pm

Finally going to Cuba - over Easter. Eating in paladares, staying in casas particulares, fighting off jiniteros - it will be so much fun.

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