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Things to do in Cuba

Things to do in Cuba

Here is my own list of things to do in Cuba. Or a list of things I did in Cuba. Now that Cuba and the United States are fixing their long-time political brouhaha, it won’t be long that American visitors will be flooding to the Caribbean’s largest nation soon. And

Santiago de Cuba – things to do, see, scams and annoyances

My fabulous, Cuban landlords had warned me not to go to Santiago de Cuba — and I should have listened. Well, I actually did. I scrapped it off my list of places to visit before flying to Havana. Instead of going to Santiago, I changed my itinerary to Vinales. However,

The Creoles of Santiago de Cuba

Tired from my own walking tour in Santiago de Cuba, I sat down on a bench at Plaza de Dolores. Out of nowhere, these Creoles showed up, sat on the opposite bench, and got ready to play their music. However, they seemed restless. Their eyes were wandering around for a

Visiting Che Guevarra in Santa Clara

If you love history and all things that are associated with Che Guevarra, Santa Clara is the place to be. The famous guerrilla is immortalized everywhere around the city. It’s like the city is a memorial to Che. You see him in propaganda billboards, murals, and souvenirs. Visiting Che Guevarra

Cuban Cuisine – All the dishes I ate in Cuba

My first taste of Cuban cuisine was offered by my fabulous Cuban landlords. I don’t really remember what it was but I do remember the red rice with black beans, otherwise known as “Moros y Cristianos”. In English, that’s literally translated as Muslims and Christians. Weird name for food, eh?

Getting Lost in the Labyrinth In Camaguey

Camaguey is a labyrinth where a poor map reader can easily get lost. The narrow streets seem identical and they look like endless mazes that seem to bring you back to where you’ve started. Getting lost in this old colonial city, however, offers a curious visitor some old gems that

Gays in Havana

When I googled “Gays in Havana” prior to my trip, I found a host of information. It seems to me that many establishments in Havana are gay-friendly. Cuba, I reckon, would be the next gay destination. It’s a gay-friendly country and bisexuals abound. It’s safe, too. I was told that

The Onion Guy

“Cebolla! Cebolla!”, so I heard the onion guy screaming loud enough to be heard by household residents. I paced faster to get closer to snap a photo of him which he happily obliged without any return. He asked me where I come from and in jest, he said, “Buy this to

Portraits of Cubans and Their Way of Life

When traveling, I have this habit of talking to locals and asking them for their portraits whatever they are doing. I’d ask their names and I’d give mine even if they won’t ask. Most of the time, I got affirmative answers but there were few times I was refused but

Where To Stay in Cuba

Cuba can be expensive for backpackers who travel solo. For a third world country, one might think its cheap—but it’s not. It’s a tourism-fueled economy where most tourists go with hotel and flight packages and stay in well-known beaches like Varadero, Cayo Coco and Playa Ancon. Thus, even accommodations aren’t

Hemingway’s Watering Holes and Life in Cuba

While walking on a sweltering heat in Havana, I finally gave up finding La Bodeguita, a place where Papa Hemingway used to get wasted. I found a small cafe, sat there, and ordered a bottle of mineral water. When the waiter came back, I asked him where the said bar

Things to do in Trinidad

If there’s one city I’d highly recommend you to visit, aside from Havana, in Cuba, it would be Trinidad. No, I’m not talking about the many museums the city can offer but the various activities you can do here and it’s neighboring places. From the cobblestoned streets to the mountains

Trinidad – A Time Travel

Trinidad is a 500-year old Cuban city warped in time. Walking around, in narrow streets covered in cobblestones, I didn’t find it difficult to convince myself that I was living and breathing in the past. Time travel, in Trinidad, is indeed, possible. Try to wake up early–before everyone does–and walk

Life is better at the Beach

I know it’s still Spring but when people start wearing t-shirts in three consecutive days, summer is already here. Yes, it’s raining in Toronto today and the it might continue all the way to the weekend but who cares? At least no more jackets and trench coats but umbrellas. :))

You Will Never Believe What’s Inside This Cave in Trinidad

You will never believe what’s inside this cave in Trinidad. This experience is something I’ve never really planned out or expected to do during my 16-day backpacking trip in Cuba almost two weeks ago.  describes it like it’s really no big deal—I suspect, the writer is a terrible dancer! I

A Day in Cienfuegos

From Havana, it takes 4.5 hours by Viazul bus to get to Cienfuegos, a city whose urban center shows its UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The city’s old, historical buildings which are mostly art deco and colonial French are stunningly a visual feast to the eye. There’s really not much to
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