Santiago de Cuba

Friday, 15 May 2015 After we had taken leave of our host family in Baracoa, we walked to the Viazul bus station and exchanged our online reservations for three bus tickets to Santiago de Cuba. The bus needed mechanical attention so our departure was delayed. We killed time mooching around the foreshore admiring the views…

Baracoa by bicycle

Thursday 14 May, 2015 While we had breakfast in the casa, our host organised bicycles for us. On our ride, we set out along the Malecón towards the stadium and stopped for a beer and a cola in a small cafeteria where a diminutive patio out front caught the fresh sea breeze we had enjoyed…

Humboldt National Park

Wednesday 13 May, 2015 Alexander von Humboldt was a Prussian explorer and naturalist who visited Cuba in the first few years of the C19th. He studied the flora and fauna of the island and surveyed the capital, Havana. There is a large national park named after him about 1½ hours drive in a bus from…

Baracoa—but which one?

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 At 3 a.m. we exit the casa, leaving our keys with Alberto. As arranged, there is a taxi waiting on the street below. Just as we pull out from the kerb, Clare remembers she has left her passport in the safe box in her room. We have no key to get…