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Old Posted Jan 20, 2012, 10:49 AM
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My trip to Havana - Cuba

I went to Havana for 3 days as part of my round the world trip in early January.
I arrived on an Air Canada flight from Toronto and the weather was fantastic for the whole time I was there (sunny with max temperature of 25 Celsius during the day and minimum of 18 Celsius during the night)

Getting through customs/immigration at the airport was quick and easy and then I got a taxi to get to the city centre which costed about CUC 30 ($ 35). Cuba is a fairly expensive country for tourists but I was happy to pay because tourism is an important source of income for the country which still has to deal with the despicable trade embargo imposed on them by the USA

I stayed in what they call "casa particular" or private house which is basically people renting out rooms to tourists which is a great alternative to staying in a hotel if you want to save a bit of money. The casa particular where I was staying was fantastic as it was located on the 9th floor of a building and it has penthouse views all around and I only paid CUC 35 per night which is a bargain when you compare it to the CUC 150-200 that you would pay if you stay in a full service hotel

Despite the poor state of the infrastructure in Cuba I really had a nice time going out and about, mingling with locals, sitting around having a coffee or just observing daily life in Havana go by. Due to the lack of modern technology such as internet, cable tv, playstation and all the rest... most people go out a lot to socialize and there is a greater sense of community


Havana street scene by Piero Damiani (back home), on Flickr


Havana street scene by Piero Damiani (back home), on Flickr


Havana at sunset by Piero Damiani (back home), on Flickr


old car in Havana by Piero Damiani (back home), on Flickr


An old car in Havana by Piero Damiani (back home), on Flickr


Havana street scene by Piero Damiani (back home), on Flickr


Havana street scene by Piero Damiani (back home), on Flickr


Malecón by Piero Damiani (back home), on Flickr


Havana street scene by Piero Damiani (back home), on Flickr


Malecón by Piero Damiani (back home), on Flickr


A mural in Havana by Piero Damiani (back home), on Flickr


Old Havana by Piero Damiani (back home), on Flickr


Havana sunset by Piero Damiani (back home), on Flickr


Coco Taxis by Piero Damiani (back home), on Flickr


Havana street scene by Piero Damiani (back home), on Flickr


Havana street scene by Piero Damiani (back home), on Flickr
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Great photos!
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Beautiful. Please post more.
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Old Posted Jan 20, 2012, 3:07 PM
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great pictures and I'm glad I can visit if I want.

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sweet pics, id really like to get there somenday.
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Old Posted Jan 20, 2012, 5:56 PM
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Wonderful pictures, pallo!

Thanks for sharing.

Congrats and greetings from Madrid, Spain!
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Excellent photos. . . thanks for sharing. . .

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Love the old cars!
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Partially crumbling and fairly impoverished, yet somehow still beautiful. A city stuck in time, as some of these scenes look like they could have been from the fifties or sixties. Amazing photography, by the way.
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My experience in Havana was a great pleasure. Insane nightlife, great friendly and educated people,beautiful architecture, cool art deco high rises.

My experience staying in a casa was also superb. this thread takes me back!

On a side note: people in Havana are obsessed with film. I went to a movie theatre that was showing non-stop French, Russian and Italian films in their original language with Spanish subtitles and the 2000 seat theatre was almost full at every screening. Also just cost the equivalent of a dollar Canadian.
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this makes me miss havana so much. next time i go to cuba, i'll have to stay solely in the city for a week.
the capitolio was one of the most beautiful buildings i've ever seen in person.
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A very old looking city. Thanks.
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One of my favourite cities! Thanks for the pictures.
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I'd love to visit someday if I can. Incredible photos. Thanks!
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Awesome!!! Love your style and how you captured Havana.
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Old Posted Jan 21, 2012, 5:08 AM
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I am quite happy with those photos, however you must know that while you are travelling (especially on a round the world trip) you get to the point where you feel like throwing your camera against a wall because you are so sick of taking photos but of course once you get home from your holiday the regrets start kicking in and you wish you had taken more photos
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I for one am a sucker for photos from Cuba. Thanks for sharing.
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