Baracoa struck us as the most immediately appealing of all the places we’d been in Cuba. With a stiff breeze coming off the sea, the place just felt far more laidback, more welcoming. We watched teenagers playing baseball at the stadium, barefoot in the dirt, enjoying the crack of the wooden bat as the local running team did laps of the field, stopping halfway round each lap for pushups.
Lachlan from Planet Kapow 23: Santiago de Cuba to Baracoa. Watch the video & read the commentary.
A very frank story of his time in Cuba. I have to say, I’ve appreciated reading it as it balances out some of the over positive stories I have found so far online.
So, while everybody has access to both currencies, most Cubans don’t have access to enough pesos to make the dollars worthwhile. And that is my point – that the current system in Cuba punishes those who play by the rules and rewards those who don’t.
I enjoyed reading Peter Moore’s very frank book of his 6 month journey with the GND (girl next door, his girlfriend at the time) through Central America. Mexico down to Panama, Jamaica, Havana Cuba and back to Mexico.
They traveled through some of the most beautiful and tragic parts of the world.Check out Peter’s website & read his sample chapter and view some of the great photos he took.
His book confirmed to me that we’d best get to Cuba before it changes.
Visit Peter Moore’s website
Question I get asked a lot is why Cuba?
But it’s asked in different ways. To translated what they are really asking:
- Why the hell would anyone want to go there. It’s communist you know.
- It’s not the Gold Coast wouldn’t you want to relax in a resort instead?
- They don’t have modern services & luxuries. They may not have Internet access. How would you survive without Twitter & Facebook?
Yep, these people don’t get it. Glad I am not traveling with them. Even if I explain it’s the culture, the history, the people, the music & the vibe we want to see, they don’t understand.
Happy to say though, there are people we have told who smile & say they’d love to go. We don’t need to explain why. THEY GET IT. They are our type of traveler.
Here is our rough self-drive travel plan:
- Havana 3 days (incl Hemmingway’s house)
- Havana to Trinidad
- Trinidad 3 days (incl day trips to Cienfuegos & Santa Clara)
- Trinidad to Camaguey (overnight only)
- Camaguey to Santiago de Cuba
- Santiago de Cuba 3 days (incl day trip to Baracoa)
- Santiago de Cuba fly back to Havana
Clive Jame’s Postcard from Havana/Cuba
So would love to see the TV show Clive James did titled ‘Postcard from Havana/Cuba’. Google searching, YouTube searching nor his website provide any links to a video copy online. ;-(
I saw it a number of years ago and loved watching his joy of tango dancing (I think it was) and the people he met. Now that we are going to Cuba, I’d love to see that postcard again.