Hurricane Dean - typical male...

Trip Start May 13, 2007
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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Aloha

We have been out of communicado so we will update you...

We were in Mexico, lazing around trying to book tickets for Cuba when there was much talk of a Hurricane heading our way.  The Mexicans appeared very prepared
 for such events and started to prepare 4 days in advance.  Windows were boarded up items removed, facilites packed away.  We recieved information nearer the time to evacuate our rooms and head for a shelter along with 2 hundred other guests.  By the time the Hurricane hit land it had moved further down the coast and had although a category 5 status we only saw the outer rim which was tropical storm status.  So Dean was a typical male: all wind and not much action... where we were anyway, but we survived a hurricane and thats the story we will be telling.  The room was airconditioned, we slept on the floor and lights were out at eleven, the storm hit about 1-00am but we heard very little, the most inconvenience was having to stay in the shelter while everything was checked and that was done in Mexican time.  The Mexicans were very organised and although slow they did their job very well, at no time did we feel threatened.  The Mexicans appear to be very hard workers and enjoy their life.  We  give Cancun area a 6, watch out for tummy problems though.

We moved on to Cuba after a great deal of wheeling and dealing.  The greatest difficulty is not being able to book directly.  You work with a travel company that has to inform Cuba everystep of the way and messages  go backwards and forwards, booking indendently is difficult if you have any connections with America- we had an American email and credit card, but we got there in the end.  We flew from Cancun to Havana, which is under an hour, then Havana to Cayo Coco which is also under an hour, the internal flights are by prop-plane and not too high so you get to see the terrain as you fly over the country.  We visited Cuba some 10 years ago and found it to be very basic, poor and working hard to boost tourism.  In our opinion not much has changed.  Havana is one of the poorest City's in the world, it must have been great once, as the building's and the history suggests.  Thank goodness they have Hemmingway to promote their history, to be fair they have other things but you do tend to hear a lot about Hemmingway.

We visisted Cuba for the wedding of a very dear friend.  It was wonderful to meet him, his wife to be and to meet their guests.  It was the highlight of the whole trip.  The wedding went well, the weather was hot and it seemed to go without a hitch.  It seems that all you have to do is turn up, decide which flowers, music, etc and then pay the bill!  

Where we stayed in Cuba is laid back and the beaches at Cayo Coco are sandy, with warm shallow water where you can see fish and mangroves.  However, they are still not quite there yet and the standards are very low, you get bitten and you get the stomach problems that are associated with such places.  We give this trip to Cuba a 2.  Read the reviews well if you are planning to go!

We left Cuba in an air of excitement.  The airport was full of flies and nothing was open but we didn't care!  We had to stay in Havana for about 5hours, but we didn't care!  We returned to Cancun and stayed downtown.   It is very busy and even at 3.00am is still buzzing.  The Cancun area is much more commercialised than Playa del Carmen and there are many bars, Mc D's and the like.

We flew to Hawaii via Houston and that is where we are right now.  We are back into excited mode (Cuba made us forget the feeling for a while).  we are planning to see as much as we can so we will keep you informed.  Chris has only had one or two EPISODES of temper, those of you who know him will know what I mean, and I am suffering from having to tip everyone, foe those who know me, you will know just how unhappy that makes me!!!

Jane, Sheila and Fred, guess what colour I want my coffee now!!!

Firefighters, we hear you are keeping an eye on Sam, thanks for that.

Sharn and Sam we miss you sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much.

We have survived a Hurricane and are nearing Australia, HOW COOL IS THAT!!!

We will try and download photo's later, because now we have Pearl Harbour to visit...

Love to alll xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 
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