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About Cuba, what it is

written by owen, Sun, 31st Jul 2016 at 1:38 pm

Everytime someone asks me about Cuba I find it hard to explain what it actually is like. Firstly I went to Havana, which is a 500 year old city. Being a city so old it has a mountain of history, and infrastructure that is old but well built like the international airport built in the 1950s which is still impressive all things considered.

I did not go to the beach mostly because I am pretty burnt out on beaches in general but there are beaches in Cuba and if you go to the right hotel you can be on the beach all day everyday.

I did not go there for the beach or to buy an xbox one or clothes (though you can get an endless supply of key chains, souvenirs, cheap liquor and t-shirts). I went there to go somewhere I have never been before. It is like going to see lions in Africa before they are hunted out of existence. And despite what people may say Havana is not "run down" its lack of freshly painted buildings is part of its authenticity. You go there to hang with the Spanish people and learn their history, eat bland pastries and listen to live music as the waves crash into the waterfront.

You can basically go on a bus tour everyday and night. I chose to spend my time walking around, talking pictures, eating at different restaurants every day. So if you are looking for a theme park adventure to disney land you might be looking in the wrong place. Think of it as going to Rome or Italy. If you are in Kingston and interested hit up caribbeanlatintravel.com for package deals (you will need a visa).

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Church Convent, Havana

written by owen, Wed, 27th Jul 2016 at 7:55 pm

After all my online searching I still cannot find the name of this building.

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Plaza de la Revolución, Havana

written by owen, Mon, 13th Jun 2016 at 7:30 am

Even though I visited the revolution square twice I forgot on both occasions that you could actually pay to go to the top of the tower. This might have been because I went there on a half-day city tour which is usually time constrained.

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Malecón, Havana

written by owen, Sun, 05th Jun 2016 at 9:54 am

A seaside roadway that protects Havana from the sea. A meeting ground for young people and families. Construction started in 1901 its the most impressive waterfront I have ever seen. Not only because it is 5 miles long but because it serves a greater purpose than just being a seawall or a boardwalk - it is a social scene.

The 8 lane highway has no cross walks or stoplights yet you will see people crossing it on a constant basis without fear of getting run over by cars. Cubans do no believe in painting cross walks on streets. Eitherway it would be pointless because a highway that long would need crosswalks every block since people sit all along it.

Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Hotel Nacional de Cuba

Young people chilling

Young people chilling

Some kind of fried corn chip

Some kind of fried corn chip

Young people chilling

Young people chilling

Always buy things that look strange

Always buy things that look strange

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Havana, Cuba

written by owen, Thu, 02nd Jun 2016 at 7:17 pm

Habana is a beautiful city. A mix of the old and the new but mostly old. Luckily the old stuff is more amazing than most of the new stuff in the rest of the Caribbean. I spent 6 days in cuba and all I did was walk up and down the maze of streets, alleys, buying food and saying "Buenos dias". I did take a city tour twice. Make sure you bring lots of water. Below are mostly pictures of buildings and sites I have a separate people project and even more buildings in the high life project.

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