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Solo Cuba Holiday Part 3 – Trinidad, back to Havana and home

Solo Cuba Holiday Part 3 – Trinidad, back to Havana and home

My collectivo journey from Vinales to Trinidad was not a smooth run. The entire journey usually takes from 7 to 9 hours to drive. Unfortunately in my case, after 2 hours from leaving Vinales the taxi broke down. Oil was leaking and so the driver parked, got out his tool box and deftly began fixing the vehicle himself. This was how I learned all taxi drivers in Cuba are also trained mechanics! After half an hour or so of us…

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Solo Cuba Holiday Part 2 – Vinales and Cayo Jutias

Solo Cuba Holiday Part 2 – Vinales and Cayo Jutias

My taxi ride to Vinales was a Cuban adventure in itself. The Taxi driver (who did not speak English), was this trendy young man in jeans and white vest who played music loudly, whilst simultaneously driving and smoking a cigarette. He drove fast and zig zagged wildly across the pot-holed unkempt roads. I sat at the front and a French Guadeloupen family at the back. The Guadeloupen family and myself had some interesting conversations en-route. I learned that petrol is…

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Solo Cuba Holiday Part 1 – Holiday planning and arrival in Havana

Solo Cuba Holiday Part 1 – Holiday planning and arrival in Havana

(Vinales, Cuba 2016) In July 2016, I spent two weeks in Cuba. I think this holiday was the highlight of 2016. I am not a well-seasoned traveller, and prior to my Cuba visit, I had only travelled wealthy first world countries, including Australia, New Zealand, America and Japan, which all have first world travel networks and wifi. Cuba, I guessed,  was going to present me quite a few challenges! I can’t recall exactly the moment I had a desire to visit Cuba. I…

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