Cuba is a very tropical Carribbean island,
full of colour and music everywhere you go. It is famous of course for rum and
cigars, and for Castro and Che. It is one of the last remaining truly communist
countries, and as such the US government absolutely hates it. Apart from the obvious
things like the absence of direct flights from the USA to Cuba (even though it is only
90 miles from Havana to Florida, you must first fly to Canada or Mexico) and the
cease in all trade since 1959, there are some really petty things too. Every self-respecting
drinker in Europe knows that Bacardi was established in Cuba 1862. The American
government has every bottle of the stuff state "Puerto Rican Rum" as they won't
admit to the product being Cuban. Completely daft!
We visited Cuba in October '99, and our hotel had been damaged by a hurricane so
we stayed in another place out at Marina Hemmingway, "El Viejo y el Mar".
Unfortunately I don't have many decent photos of Cuba, I did have a nice one of
the jungle at Vinales but I stupidly sent it off for an application for something
and never got it back. Never mind, it's an excuse to go back and take some more,
hopefully before Castro kicks the bucket and the Americans move in and commercialise
and corporate-ise the whole place.