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Travelogue Cuba through my eyes

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Travelogue Cuba through my eyes
Inserted: 22.09.2018
Author: Gabča Šnirchová © gigaplaces.com

What should every tourist who wants to visit the island of freedom know? At the very least, it pays to be constantly alert. It will save a lot of money. Cubans are masters of trade! You will stop for a moment just look at the map and one of them will turn to you, offer help and advice, and before you know it, will drive you into the hands of cigar traders. They are masters of manipulation. So remember, no help or advice is free in Cuba! Actually – nothing is free in Cuba. Everything costs at least 1 CUC.

It pays to bargain,

let everything be shown, shown and then paid. Prices of taxis, accommodation, cigars, trips, etc. are at least double. But not surprisingly, the communist regime decimated the economy and livelihoods. Cubans have learned to survive as much as possible and to at least part of the money that tourists bring to the country. There are many Cubans, so the supply far exceeds the demand and the people of Cuba will literally deny you as a source of foreign exchange. They will pounce on you, as soon as you get off the plane, they will address you on the street, they will wait for you at the bus. But if you don't get poisoned by it, you will enjoy the Caribbean waves and beaches. He gets to know another culture and discovers that Cuba is a beautiful piece of land. That people are good and bad there, as everywhere else, and will keep their fingers crossed for them to overcome the marasmus they have been living in for some time.

Havana - a cheerful girl with sad eyes

If I wasn't ready for something, then this. I have been hearing about life in Cuba since childhood. In the 1960s, his father worked there for two years and took the whole family. I note that I was not in the world yet, so that you do not get the impression that this old talk is written by an old rasp. I knew terms like Varadero, Viňales, Bay of Pigs as a child. But this was a shock. Fifty years was enough for the communist regime to abandon not only houses but also human values. Everything seems to be cursed in time. Dilapidated houses, abandoned playgrounds, vacated blocks of flats. But then I started to look at the whole thing differently. People live here and those people are trying to survive. She tries to take care of her children. Within the limits that have been strictly given to them, they move many times on the border in order to get food, to earn money. There are no others. They are just in a different situation.

Havana - a cheerful girl with sad eyes
Author: Gabča Šnirchová © gigaplaces.com

Havana - view from the terrace

How many times I couldn't believe that people lived in those ruins. But he lives.

Havana - view from the terrace
Author: Gabča Šnirchová © gigaplaces.com

Havana - Malecón

Wide and 8 km long waterfront. Cubans catch fish and there is a sign nearby: No fishing! Like by U.S :)

Havana - Malecón
Author: Petr Liška © gigaplaces.com
Transport in Cuba
Author: Gabča Šnirchová © gigaplaces.com

Transport in Cuba

The most common mode of transport is buses. Tourist and Cuban ones, which are mostly remodeled trucks. Another type of transport is cars, and those who do not have a car track with a banknote in their hand. Those who don't even have a car and don't even have a bus ride a horse-drawn carriage, then a rickshaw in the city. Or he can try a Cuban specialty – cocotaxi.

Havana - Capitol
Author: Gabča Šnirchová © gigaplaces.com

Havana - Capitol

It is strange that it is in Cuba that one sees an imitation of the American Capitol.

Havana - Square of the Revolution

From there, Fidel addressed the crowds.

Havana - Square of the Revolution
Author: Gabča Šnirchová © gigaplaces.com

Havana - El Moro Fortress

A fortress that protected Havana from invaders from the sea. From here you can see Havana in the palm of your hand. You can get to it a bit untraditionally – through a tunnel that leads under the bay.

Havana - El Moro Fortress
Author: Petr Liška © gigaplaces.com

Varadero

Veradero is the most famous tourist area, where you can roll on the beach, sip Cuban coffee in a café, eat well and dance. It is safe and clean here. The beaches are full and the Caribbean sea is clear. Just watch out for the sun!

Varadero
Author: Petr Liška © gigaplaces.com

Cayo Coco

For me, the most beautiful I've seen in Cuba. Azure sea and white sand. This place is said to be popular with Canadians. No wonder. Against their dry weather, this is a paradise. If I were to be dreamily romantic, I could imagine a honeymoon here.

Cayo Coco
Author: Petr Liška © gigaplaces.com

Let us build socialism at every step.

Not so long ago, we had similar posters at home. Fortunately, building a better tomorrow has moved in a slightly different direction. However – when I read the election billboards tak.

Let us build socialism at every step.
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Trinidad

The colonial town will caress your soul gently. People come here to rejoice. Narrow cobbled streets, with live music playing on the steps every evening in the center.

Trinidad
Author: Petr Liška © gigaplaces.com

Vinals

In addition to Varadero and Trinidad, another most visited area. The local region is famous for growing tobacco and making cigars. The limestone bedrock gave rise to extensive cave systems, and rocky formations called mogots are characteristic of this part of Cuba. Here you can go horse riding or watch breathtaking sunsets. The cheerful Cuban will show you how to make a cigar and explain to you how it is with growing tobacco. Yeah, and a note – I didn't see a black Cuban rolling a cigar on her own thigh! Always just a Cuban and on a board.

Vinals
Author: Petr Liška © gigaplaces.com

Bay of Pigs and Playa Girón

An invasion of Cuban exiles took place in Pork Bay in 1961 to overthrow Fidel Castro's regime. The event was funded by the American regime. The Cuban army crushed the enemy within three days and still lives off this glory. However, we paid more attention to the beautiful beach Girón, which was almost deserted. And also grilled fish. This was prepared for us by a local stallholder. We expected to pay outrageous money, because fish is a bit of an extra matter in Cuba (chickens eat it everywhere), but for two portions and two beers we tipped 25 CUC!

Bay of Pigs and Playa Girón
Author: Petr Liška © gigaplaces.com
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