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First days in Havana

First days in Havana

Havana… where to begin?!

As soon as I landed I was approached by two German girls, after some debate we came to some agreement with a cab driver who then took us to Havana.

We checked in at our casa and went for a beer down the street. At this point my inner clock had been running for 24 hours so I was beyond tired. We found a small bar/hole in the wall, and drank two beers, while sitting there I was approached by a young Cuban guy who introduced his sister, and little later asked if I was looking for a chica.. Flattering or gross I really couldn’t decide at that point. I gently declined and returned to my casa for some well deserved sleep.

On the first day I walked around Havana Vieja (old town) and the harbour with my new German companion. We had a great lunch at a terrace, I had for starters pulpo (octopus) with mango and onion sauce, and for main course ropa vieja which is like pulled beef with peppers and malanga purée – nice traditional Cuban food accompanied by a local brewed beer.

In the evening I met up with Vietnamese guy from the hostel, two Germans and a girl from Croatia at Bar Monserrate, a nice place with live music.

My Croatian friend invited me to go see the Hemingway museum, which is located just outside Havana. A nice place with a view over the city. Ernest that bad ass, had a nice pool, a boat, a cock fighting ring, a tennis and a baseball court, beside writing his famous books and swirling way too much whisky.

Back in Havana, we went for lunch and a walk and had drive in a 1957 Chevrolet Belair Convertible, on a trip to the famous Hotel El Nacional, where the celebrities and the mob resided back in the days. Here I hang out in the bar and got me a bit of online time.

Cold baths, water outages, no toilet paper or soap was everyday life a the hostal centro del mundo, and tired of the chaos, mess and pollution in Havana, I booked a taxi collectivo to Viñales the following day.

To be continued.

2 thoughts on “First days in Havana”

  • Vi skulle også bare væk fra Havanna et par dage efter vi ankom til Cuba, men vi blev da lidt mere vild med byen, da vi kom tilbage efter at have rejst rundt i landet. Viñales er fin! Hyg dig derovre.

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