Cuba – A Series Of Fortunate Events

Unless you are a voluntary resident of Guantanamo Bay you will not see a Starbucks or a McDonald’s in Cuba (yet)!

As you will soon become very aware, I had a fabulous trip to the largest island in the Caribbean very recently, accompanied by Mrs Wilbur and best travel buddy Hamish. We spent a few days independently and then joined up with G Adventures for a two week tour of much of the country.

A quick shout out to our most wonderful guide Pedro, an English & History teacher turned tour leader, who went out of his way to look after us all and wow us with his encyclopaedic knowledge of his fascinating nation.

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Pedro informs his pupils

A further shout goes to Casavana, our initial accommodation before we joined the tour in Havana. The casa situated in the Vedado district of the capital was brilliantly located close to the iconic Malecon and in Jameel we had a most welcoming and informative host. You do not get top billing in Lonely Planet & Trip Advisor by chance.

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View from Casavana

Our welcome mojitos on the balcony overlooking the sultry Caribbean will live long in the memory.

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Down in one! Mrs Wilbur with mojitos

Now to our trip and the point of this post. We crammed in a whole host of great experiences in visiting Havana, Santiago de Cuba, Baracoa, Trinidad de Cuba, Camaguey, Cienfeugos, Bayamo & Santa Clara, so much adventure that it would be impossible to recount them all in an article or two. So guess what?

You are going to be treated (I hope) to a whole series of them!

These will cover the likes of:

Road transport of Cuba – from classic American cars to goat drawn carriages

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The Revolution – from the disastrous beginnings to triumph against the odds

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Fidel – from being condemned to execution in 1953 to leader of his nation for almost 50 years

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Che – from being an asthmatic doctor in his native Argentina to becoming one of the world’s most (if not the most) instantly recognisable icons

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Birds of Cuba – from the diminutive humming bird to pelicans & vultures

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Music & Dance of Cuba – Salsa, Jazz, Son and Buena Vista Social Club

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Cemeteries of Cuba – the final resting places of Fidel, Che, Jose Marti & Campay Segundo

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Trains of Cuba – naturally deserving of their own article!

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People of Cuba – from adorable school kids to expressions that tell a million stories

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Colours of Cuba – vibrancy at every turn

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Industries of Cuba – sugar cane, cigars, rum and cocoa

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Accommodation of Cuba – from the humble casa to mafia palaces

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Cuban Fortifications – defending the prized assetimg_3432

Cuban Architecture – Crumbling Neoclassical to Splendid Art Deco

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Wall Art of Cuba – a very public canvass

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Old Town Havana – a capital destination

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Statues of Cuba – from Generals to Art

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Cuban Sunsets – from the Atlantic to the Caribbean

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Cuban Flora – flower power

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Pictures of Cuba – a random set of anything else

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Watch this space………

9 comments

  1. Jacqueline · · Reply

    Hey Wilbur! What a wonderful blog you have, didn’t know! Ofcourse I love the pictures, they’re much better than my own, although we were on the same trip 🙂
    I’ll keep reading your blog for sure. Greets from the Netherlands!
    Jackie

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    1. Hi, was a brilliant trip. Sorry we missed you to say au revoir, all a bit manic in the end. We will definitely get to Breda one day. All the best, Will & Rania x

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  2. Great post– thanks for sharing! Planning our trip this year! 🙂

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