CUBA: IMAGES FROM A CUBAN ROAD TRIP

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THERE ARE THREE ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS FOR A SUCCESSFUL CUBAN ROAD TRIP: A GUIDE BOOK, PLENTY OF MOJITOS AND A CRATE OF BEER…..OH, AND A CAR WOULD BE PRETTY HANDY!

If a country is to be judged by the vehicles its citizens drive then Cuba is truly a complex society. 1950s Chevys, Fords, Buicks and Pontiacs cram the boulevards of Havana. Along the Malecon cruise Soviet-era jeeps, Moskvitch cars and Ural motorcycles. Throughout the rural back-roads and in the provincial cities horse-drawn taxis trundle by. Abutting the pavement outside the Hotel Inglaterra crouch lines of Chinese-manufactured saloons. And in Varadero high-end BMWs and shiny Mercs swap lanes with vintage Harleys and the latest Honda sports bikes. Continue reading “CUBA: IMAGES FROM A CUBAN ROAD TRIP”

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CUBA: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST

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ERNEST HEMINGWAY AT FINCA VIGIA, HIS HOME OUTSIDE HAVANA.

What’s in a name you might ponder? Well, to be someone really important in Cuba it’s a big advantage if you’re called Ernest. Restaurants, hotels and bars the world over claim Ernest Hemingway’s patronage, though Havana is the real deal. The American author lived here from 1939 to 1960…plenty of time in which to drink, fish, get abusive and write a few novels. In 1940 Hemingway bought Finca Vigia, a small farm on a hill a few kilometres outside of Havana, and immediately set about making his presence felt. Continue reading “CUBA: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST”