. We were taken in by a lady who turn out to be a freak if i put it nicly. We wondered the worn down city and marveled at the 1950s cadilacs and russian Ladas from before the revolution, mostly abbandonded by fleeing Russians and Americans during Castro´s ´Special Period.´
On our second day we meet the Swiss girls looking for the Buana Vista Social Club concert and as its goes the next day we rented a car and began our 2500km road trip of Cuba with them. Rach and Andy were their adopted nicknames and the four of us squeezed into the tiny Hyunda raced around the country having a ball. The Andy and Rach spoke fluent Spanish and for the first time in ages our prefered method of nod, say 'Si' and dont make eye contact was discovered.
The four of us got on great, we managed to get lost a bit and they couldnt understand how we had made it so far through SA with our lazy, disorganised, tumble weed style of travel. After a few days of watching their efficient, trouble free, ask the locals, and sweet talk the cops style of travel we also began to wonder the how we had gotten so far without them.
With the classic Luke style departure of tourching his face with a cigar the three became two and Cuba via Panama was on the horizon. The Cuba experience was one I will never forget as the most bizzar, interesting, and difficult places we travelled through. On our first night we were introduced to insainity of a duel currency and the extremities of value and expence in Cuba. A cab ride cost from the airport 35 CUC (Cuba convertible Pesos), for 1 CUC you can buy 24 Pesos Cubano, for 10 Pesos Cubano you can get a pizza on the street that will do as a meal. By that exchange for a trip to the airport you can buy 84 pizzas to feed 84 people. I geuss it was interesting if you were there. There is 100% literacy omong women, but the average person only gets 15 CUC per month. Enough of the facts, in Cuba they drink lots of rum. On fathers day all the fathers go to the Malcon and drink alot of Ron (the president we have come to call it after former US president Ronald Regain) Hmmm. Its really a family affair