Cuba Part 2

So we spent a few days at Santa Maria del Mar, but we got a little bit bored just staying there so we decided to rent a car and drive over to Varadero. Renting a car in Cuba is very easy and it didn't cost that much either. Just make sure you check the car with the person from the rental company before you drive off, otherwise they might charge you for any damage on the car that was already there before you got it. It was a wise thing to do because when we returned it the found a scratch that they wanted us to pay for, however, we hadn't done it and when I refered to the form we had signed when we checked the car they said sorry for the mistake and let us of the hook. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see from some of the pictures the roads are maybe not the standard many peopel are used to, but it wasn't that bad either. If you have ever driven up in the mountains in Norway, where you have narrow, sandy roads, this is a pice of cake. Driving from Santa Maria del mar to Varadero takes just under two hours so it is not far at all.

 

We hadn't booked a hotel or anything we just drove down there and hoped we would find a place to stay. There are so many hotels in that area so we didn't hvae any problems finding one. We actually went into the first one we saw, that was straight on the beach, and that was an all inclusive hotel and we paid only about 100 usd (in local currency of course), for two pepole for one night. The place is just amazing!

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So with only one day (well almost two as we arrived early and were going to leave again in the afternoon the nest day) and one night in Varadero we had to make to most out of it. There was quite a lot o of guests at the hotel so in the evening time everybody gathered in the bar area and later on that night we got a maxi taxi to a huge outdoor nightclub.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not all the drinks from the hotel bar was nice, well, they were nice, just a bit strong:) nightlife in Varadero is very good, huge outdoor places with room for a lot of people. To be  honest there wasn't much other things to do and see besides the beach and the nightlife, that was great doh so we were very pleased with that.  Will never forget those white sandy beaches that are so white it could blinde you, and turquoise crystal clear water. It is the prettiest beaches and water I hvae ever seen. Too bad we had to leave it!

 

After our little trip to Varadero we drove back to Santa Maria del Mar, returned the car, packed our bags and went to stay in Havana for the next few days. That was our plan to beging with s well. So now we could se Havana during the day time as well, we had already seen some of it during the evening time. The first thing we did was go to the Museum of the Revolution, that is something really worth seeing if you ever go to Havana. Can not miss something that is so important for the  history of the country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These two last pictures is taken in the room that is today called "the Hall of Mirrors", in the bottom one you can see can angel handing away the Cuban flag. People say it supports the idea that Fidel Castro was not a paid up communist for some time after the actual revolution

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loads of stuff to see at the Museum of the Revolution. Yeah, even the guards outside! But seriously, if you go to Cuba you really need to go to this place. It will tell you all you need to know about the Cuban history/revolution. 

 

The next picture is taken on one of the balconys at the museum and I thought it was a bit funny to put it into the blog just to ilustrate the diffrences you can see in Havana. When you look in front of the building that hosts the Museum of the Revolution it looks glamorus and rich, but when you look in the "backyard" it looks like this! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the picture under you will se the Statue of the Major General Maximo Gomez. He played a huge part in the Cuban war of Independence as he helped the Cuban Army's military tactic and strategy from the conventional approach favored by Thomas Jordan ( the General at the time). He gave the Cuban Mambises their most fared tactic: "The Machete Charge"

 

 

 

Below you will see a picture of the Great Theatre of Havana. The theatre is a beautiful German neobaroque architecture building from 1838 and it is located on the Paseo del Prado. The theatre has been home of the Cuban National Ballet and the International Ballet Festival of Havana. It also has been renovated in 1914 and in 2004.

 

 

 

 

Don't miss the Cathedral of Havana if you are there, it is beautiful!

 

 

The Catedral de la Virgen María de la Concepción Inmaculada de La Habana (Cathedral of The Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception) is a Roman Catholic Cathedral and is the seat of Jamie Lucas Ortega y Alamino, the Cardinal Archbishop of Havana, Cuba. It is also dedicated to Saint Christopher (San Cristóbal), thus it is sometimes dubbed as Cathedral of Saint Christopher.

The construction of the cathedral was started by Jesuits in 1748 on the site of an earlier church and finished by Havana City in 1777. The cathedral is set in the former Plaza de La Ciénaga or Swamp Plaza, in a site where was gathered the runoff from the city.

The Cathedral is said to be the only example of a Baroque facade that was designed with asymmetrical features - one of the towers is wider than the other. This particular feature was conceived in order to allow the water that tended to accumulate on the plaza to freely flow through the streets during the colonial period, when it was built.

Cuban writer Alejo Carpentier famously described the Cathedral as "music set in stone". It is the most prominent building on the Plaza de la Catedral, in Old Havana. (this is taken from Wikipedia.org)

 

 

The first thing many people asks me when it comes to Cuba and especially Havana is if it is exactly like the pictures you see in magazines etc. And I must say yes, it more or less is. It looks like you have stepped back into the 50's when you look at some of the buildings, cars, and some of the clothes.

 

 

 

 

However, in some parts you will also see a not so great looking Havana (like the one picture In took from the balcony of the Museum of the Revolution). The only advice I can give to people is to go to Cuba befor it changes too much, because the change has already started!

 

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