All Destinations Travel

Tim

Hello!

A month has flown by and suddenly it's time to focus on our next destination.

Working with All Destinations has been fun if sometimes chaotic - still I'm glad to get the first month out of the way.

This month I've turned my attention to neighbouring Cuba - the last true bastion of communism perhaps?

 


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The British chap I sat next to on the plane...

Was returning to his adopted home of Cuba to get married to his artist girlfriend. They were members of the slightly Bohemian ex-pat community of musicians, sculptors, potters etc thriving in this Caribbean Communist backwater and were hoping Fidel Castro might come to the wedding.

They had never met him, but the word on the street was the leader does from time to time attend small functions if invited.

Cuba has, shall we say, a rather mixed press. Whilst a large number of its population each year make treacherous voyages in various unseaworthy tubs across to Florida, many positively favour the fact Cuba is so withdrawn from the world at large - the perfect idyll in which to kick back and chill out with a fine Havana cigar under one of the country's 20 million palm trees, whilst hoping not to be interrupted by one of the local crocodiles.

The slightly run-down feel of Cuba is, I think, one of its charms.

The Spanish style colonial architecture is now somewhat discernably crumbling but it still has a strange splendour to it and it's amazing how quickly the sight of enormous gas-guzzling 1950s automobiles belching and stuttering their way down the streets loses its initial shock value and you no longer feel compelled to stare bemused at their passing.

The fact that rum and the beer are so good means you neither mind, or completely forget, that you have had such a long wait for your food - though the island's occasional food shortages may make some visitors feel slightly discomforted (and hungry!).

Cuba has a strange and magical feel to it which makes it utterly unique in this world, which is is why the island should be on 'must do' list of every traveller.

 

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