My last trip to Cuba was from 27.11 to 09.12.
If you have some questions, please do not hesitate to send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will answer you as good as I can. i also have two cuban friends who will also help you, for instance by finding good and cheap accommodation, transportation etc. And I am sure that they will also love to take you on a “guided tour” in their wonderful country.
Thought I had got a good seat at the emergency exit with lot of space to my legs. There was good space, but no window and what seemed to be a very narrow seat – difficult to explain. So as soon as I closed my eyes I got a strong claustrophobia, and I HAD to close my eyes and sleep, but then came that claustrophobia. So most of the time I was watching the screen with info like: Time left to Panama City, altitude (12.000 meters most of the time), velocity over ground, temperature outside, actual time in Amsterdam, actual time in Panama City etc.
When we were eating dinner I got a splendid idea: Collect all the used eating utensils from my co-passengers and put them in a plastic bag and give them to a poor old woman in Havana, so she can sit on a pavement and sell them. The eating tools in KLM are plastic of course, but they look very much like metal, not bad at all – and in Havanna you sell just about everything 🙂
4 hours in Panama City. Good food and juice and coffe. But impossible to connect to the internet unless you pay for it – and you must search at least ½ hour for an outlet to charge your computer.
The trip to Cuba
When I came out, someone shouted “NIELS” – nice guy with a sign with my name, He had a booking for a taxi to take me into town. Nice driver, actually an engineer who spoke very good English, but the taxi job pays off better than the job as an engineer.
I stayed here in Old Havana, very close to everything. The price was 40 CUC, about 35 Euro for a one room apartment on first floor with private bathroom, kitchen, Wifi, tv and a small balcony. Real good place.
I plan to take a LOT of pictures of people here, and I would like to visit some not privileged neighborhoods. Fount one on the net – el fanguito where I would like to go. Asked the driver where it is. He laughed and said “there are many el fanguito neighborhoods. Fanguito means mud”!!!!!
The cubans are very joyful and extremely friendly.
I experienced only one example of trying to cheat me, a guy tried to sell me CUCs at a fantasy rate, and noone tried to steal from me.
I can really recommend to go to Cuba,
My home in Havana
Every afternoon a group of men gather on Parque Central, a big square in the centre of Havana, where they discuss baseball VERY eagerly
Train museum in Havana
Pictures from the street
My favourite bar, El Dandy at Teniente Rey
Preacher or baseball expert?