Trip Start Feb 24, 2006
43Trip End Feb 24, 2007
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We are now in a place called Varadero which is east of Havana in Cuba!
So to pick up where I last left off in Acapulco, we headed back to our hotel to pick up our backpacks and head to the bus. In Mexico most of the taxis are little old VW beetles (herbie style!) its these taxis that you cant get in Mexico City because you will most likely get robbed, so as you can imagine, we were trying to avoid having to get into one of them. In addition to that, we each had a big backpack, a day pack and a handbag so we didn´t feel very confident that a VW would even make it to the bus stop with us! Anyway, the guy at the hotel claimed to not know the number of any normal taxi companies and told us we could get a VW taxi from the street, or we had to walk all the way up the hill to the end of the street to get a normal taxi. So we struggled up the hill looking like the biggest morons with a backpack each on our backs, day packs on our fronts and our handbags squashed somewhere in between
We woke up back in Mexico City and after a crazy crazy taxi ride (we were flying down an empty freeway at about 5AM!!) we got to the airport and settled in for a long morning waiting for our flight at 12.05PM (Maccas, Dunkin Donuts and a hell of a lot of other junkfood made the day a little easier)!!!
So here we are in Cuba! And it has lived up to all expectations! Havana was absolutely beautiful and we have planned a few more days there before we fly out! The city really is like the 1950`s and its really, really safe! The people are also great, they are all so friendly and happy and very very good looking!!
Dan and I managed to make it to a salsa club (Casa de la Musica) on Saturday night which was really good. Although by the time the main band came on we could barely keep our eyes open (we did get to see some crazy sparkly dressed dancers and a guy in a jumpsuit juggling!!)! We got a taxi home and the taxi driver got lost and tried to dump us somewhere along the beach (you need to walk from here, I cant drive through!!) then nearly ran over a dog while trying to reverse about 6 blocks up our street!
On Monday, May 1st it was the workers day in Cuba so it was a public holiday. Fidel Castro was doing a speech in the Plaza de la Revolucion so we set our alarm for 4AM to be there at 5AM (his speech started at 8AM but apparently everyone gets there at 5!). All three of us slept through the alarm and woke up at 8AM. By the time we got to the Capitolio National Plaza (the main square in our area) heaps of people were walking back in our direction, so we assumed we had missed the speech and went to breakfast. It turned out that he was still speaking when we left breakfast at about 10.30AM but after a long and sweaty walk to the other side of Havana we had well and truly missed him! But we still scored some cute little cuban flags which I was quite happy about!
After Havana we headed here, to Varadero which is a resort town 3 hours east. Its not tourist season, so its really quiet but because everything is government owned, its all open, so there are huge hotels open and lit up but there is noone in them! Its bizarre! Tonight we ate in a really big restaurant next to the beach where we were the only people (and I suspect, being fed food that had been sitting there for quite a while!!!) there`s also quite often music playing really loud but there doesn`t seem to be a celebration to go with it! Strange...
Our hotel here is really nice though, and we actually have 3 separate beds which is great
Anyway, I better put some photos on here!
Dani and I are off to a place called Maria la Gorda (Fat Maria) tomorrow, which is a really remote beach on the South West coast! Cant wait!!
Hope everyone is well!
Keep up the emails, I will respond as soon as I get my email access back!
Lots of love
Okay, so it seems this computer doesn`t like my photos! Ill load some more photos when I get the chance!
And YAY my email is working again!!