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Archive for July, 2011
Our Own Personal Cuba
Our Own Personal Cuba

These are some of photos that mean something to us, but probably not much to most people. Don’t bother reading this post unless you are family or close friends, as it will likely be even duller than the other ones for you! Text may follow if we get the time and an unexpected burst of […]

Travel experiences and our tips in Cuba
Travel experiences and our tips in Cuba

Accommodation While in Cuba, we stayed only in Casas Particulares, which as we mentioned before, are homes where the owners are able to rent out rooms to guests. These were far cheaper and more personal than hotels. The family there usually follows your lead as to whether to stay out of your way, or to […]

On Che and ‘la lucha’
On Che and 'la lucha'

Che was a hero of mine in my teens, as he was to millions of others. I was riveted by castaneda’s biography of him, Companero, found The Motorcycle Diaries a fun and insightful read, and his Bolivian Diaries eery as they continued to the day before his assassination. However, visiting Cuba and seeing the plight of many Cubans, a […]

Feeding spaghetti with my fingers
Feeding spaghetti with my fingers

This has been a trip of many firsts. On our bus ride from Trinidad to Santa Clara in Cuba, I have added to the list feeding spaghetti to my 3 year old daughter with my fingers. Fingers, being thicker than the teeth of a fork, are less than ideal for pronging through spaghetti. Being attached […]

Observations in Cuba
Observations in Cuba

I’ve asked many of the Cubans we’ve met what the biggest Cuban sports are. Unlike pretty much all of the Spanish speaking world, football doesn’t get a look in. Number one is baseball. Second is boxing. Third, and I was told this by more than one person, so it was either a famous joke or […]

Quite proud really
Quite proud really

Alvaro, my second son seems to have developed an admiration for Che Guevara. As a part of this trip to Cuba, I have been sharing her history with the boys. A fascinating story, but given her proximity to Mexico, there are some marked differences. While in Mexico, the Maya are still alive and well, in Cuba […]

Week one and a half in Mexico
Week one and a half in Mexico

Casualties to date: 1 pair sunglasses (Paola) lost somewhere in transit; 1 suitcase left in airport – recovered; 1 wandering child in Gatwick – recovered; 1 bruised ego – Iyas walks into chest-high cactus. London to Cancun was a 10 1/2 hour flight on BA, during which Alvaro and Omar couldn’t contain their excitement at having […]