Sad to leave Cuba
Trip Start Oct 20, 2009
159Trip End Jun 23, 2010
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We found Cuba to be an interesting place to visit. Cuba is a Communist country. The hotel we are staying in must have been a state of the art 5 star, 20 story hotel when it was built in the 1950's, but is now looking tired and worn out. It is on the foreshore and battered by the salt water and weather and things are not working as they once did. It used to be a thriving casino.
While the people are very nice and friendly, coming to Cuba is like stepping back half a century. People from the USA are not allowed to travel to Cuba, and the embargo on exports to Cuba from the USA still stands. Imports of Cuban products to the USA are strictly forbidden.
Mobile phones are few and ours did not work here all the time we were in Cuba, and internet is slow and spasmodic and expensive at $12 for 2 hours
We spent the remaining time in Cuba around our hotel pool. It was a nice relaxing way to wind up our time in Cuba. Des smoked a nice Cuban cigar and I had a swim.
We flew back to Panama on two Taca flights again, with Lasca lines. We did not see the active volcano in Costa Rica, as we did on the way over, as it was dark. We had seen that it was blowing large puffs of smoke and magma was expected to pour from it the following day. It was quite spectacular from the air.
We arrived back in Panama at 9pm and finally got to bed at 10:30 after a full and enjoyable day. We were looking forward to hopping on the motorbikes and making for the Costa Rica border the next day.