Cuba Journals

Amazing Cuba

An October 2004 trip to Cuba by jacob_s

Quote: This journal is appropriately titled because getting to Cuba as an American is a big goal in itself.

Amazing Cuba

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This journal is appropriately titled because getting to Cuba as an American is a big goal in itself. The Cubans we met were very warm and they were very curious about what we thought about the embargo. Winning a domino match in Trinidad against a Cuban family was a big highlight. Traveling all over the east coast of the country, we read so many revolutionary signs that gave away pieces of Cuba's history. Quick Tips: As an American, forbidden to travel to Cuba, I flew to Burlington and drove to Montreal. From Dorval airport, I took a Cubana Air to Havana. Netssa will help you purchase your tickets to Cuba without any questions. Your bill will not have any reference to Cuba.Your tickets should ...Read More

Cuba Accommodations: Casa Particulares

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In 1997, the government finally allowed Cubans to rent out rooms in their houses to tourists. Proprietors are taxed and are subject to health and sanitary regulations imposed by inspectors who visit almost every day. A legal and licensed casa must have a sticker on their door with two blue chevrons against a white background.When you check-in, you have to give your passports to the owner of the casa so they can write your information and passport numbers down in their log book, which are also thoroughly inspected by government workers. Cubans who have casa particulares are in much better shape than most people, but they also turn over a significant portion of their earnings to the government in taxes ...Read More

Salsa in the Street

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There was definitely something in the air. Perhaps it was the impending New Year’s celebrations, but this was our first visit to Trinidad and it was difficult to judge. We had arrived in the dark, the night before, and gone directly to our guesthouse, so it was with a tingle of expectation that we woke the next morning and set out to explore.The first thing that struck me was the frenetic movement in the narrow streets. Donkey and cart seemed to be the main mode of transport, driven at a wild pace by men thrashing at them with long whips. They didn’t look in the best of shape and we read (with some horror) that they are worked until they literally die on the job. This however is no place for sentiment...Read More