Viñales, Pinar del Rio, Cuba

December 21, 2007 Matt Thornton 0

After a short break in Havana to collect my main rucksack from my casa, Alice, Mum and I were on the bus to Viñales in the Pinar del Rio valley. I’d been persuaded to visit on the grounds of it being a popular destination, but really had few expectations. The […]

Trinidad, Santa Clara and Varadero, Cuba

December 19, 2007 Matt Thornton 0

Still slightly bitter from the shirt-stealing-Jewish-Chilean-Mexican experience, I arrived in Trinidad, where even the arrival is an experience. In most towns that you visit in Cuba, there´s a mass panic as you get off the bus, as the locals try to entice you in to their casa. Trinidad is no […]

Change of scenery – Cienfuegos, Cuba

December 19, 2007 Matt Thornton 0

It didn´t take long for the scenery to change dramatically. On the bus leaving Havana, you´re no more than 5 miles from the city boundaries when the vista changes from the derelict built environment of Havana to the rolling countryside of rural Cuba. It´s a stunning and beautiful change, not […]

Taxi? Amigo, Taxi? TAXI!? – La Habana, Cuba

December 13, 2007 Matt Thornton 0

With a slight (and when I say slight, I mean massive) sense of trepidation, I was on a flight to Havana. Cuba has such a reputation, which is, in reality, an undeserved reputation, but nevertheless, a reputation that it’s not such a straight-forward place to visit. Touching down, I was […]