El Andarín – Coordinating houses

The first night we arrived at Luis’ place he’d asked us how we were planning to get around Cuba. We told him we had no specific plans – we’d just see how things turned out and take it from there. … Keep Reading…

Peedu’s time to shine

While we were out searching for cars, the girls sat in the lobby and mapped out our itinerary. It was decided that Santiago de Cuba would be our final destination. We joined the girls once we’d struck a deal on … Keep Reading…

The search for the rental car

We wandered around town some more the next morning, but the most important task that day was finding rental cars so we could explore other parts of Cuba the following day. Luis had disapproved of the idea and suggested we … Keep Reading…

Nightlife and reggaeton rhythms

According to Lonely Planet, one of the most popular local clubs is Casa de la Música (The House of Music), which showcases a range of artists. After eating out, we headed to Casa de la Música, hoping a good local … Keep Reading…

Sunbathing on the beach

After touring the city, by car or by foot, we all decided to go to the beach to sunbathe and relax in the water. The temperature was about 30 degrees Celsius, after all. We were still having some trouble acclimatizing, … Keep Reading…

The adventures of Eva and Peedu

Since only four people could fit in the Mercedes-Benz, we divided ourselves into two groups. While we were touring around Havana by car, Eva and Peedu went to see the sights on foot. A young couple approached them in the … Keep Reading…

Tripping around Havana

We’d agreed with Luis the previous evening that a business partner of his would give us a tour of Havana in his 1958 Mercedes-Benz. Our guide and driver was a young guy, around 25, who was still at university studying … Keep Reading…

Havana at last!

We reached Havana at about 7.00 in the evening after a 13-hour flight and were greeted with overwhelming warmth – exactly what I’d been dreaming of since February. (Happiness often lies in the little details.) From the airport we took … Keep Reading…

It’s so freaking cold here, I need to get to somewhere warm!

It’s a quite an ordinary day in February 2013. It’s snowing and the temperature’s been around -10 Celsius for over a month now. My feet are freezing and my nose looks awfully red when I get home from work. I … Keep Reading…