CUBA LIBRE!

Over the December holidays we were planning on returning to South Africa for my best friend’s wedding. It turns out that flights across the Atlantic, to and from Belize, are astronomically expensive over the December holiday peak season. 

We had already paid for a flight from NYC to Cape Town, but the return and connecting flight from Belize to New York were so expensive we had to give up on our trip home. We had already scheduled with our company that we would be taking those two weeks off, before we even started this job, so we didn’t have any work booked during that time. We had to make a plan to do something with ourselves since we don’t have a place to stay in Belize, other than the boats that we work on.

Belize is rated as the most expensive country in Central America so we decided to save some money on accommodation etc and visit a more cost effective destination. Cuba has been in my top 5 list of destinations for years and when we found out that Havana is only a short plane ride from Mexico (Belize’s neighbour) we decided on the spur of the moment to visit Cuba!

The day after our final charter we hopped on a bus to Mexico, straight to Cancun International Airport. We hadn’t had enough time to book a flight in advance so we took a chance and waited 8hrs  at the airline desk to try our luck. Fortunately we managed to secure two of the last four tickets to Havana that day!

Words do not do this island justice. All the photos on the internet cannot capture the energy and charisma of this country, and it’s people. It is not at all what you would think it is but, at the same time, it is also everything you hear and read about.

Note: all of these photos were taken by myself and Rufus in Central Havana

Habana Centro: this sweet lady was stoked to get her photo taken
Habana Centro: this sweet lady was stoked to get her photo taken
Habana Centro: bicycle taxis waiting for their next passangers
Habana Centro: bicycle taxis waiting for their next passangers
Habana Centro: one of the streets near our firts casa
Habana Centro: one of the streets near our firts casa
Habana Centro: colour coordination
Habana Centro: colour coordination
on our way to book bus tickets to Vinjales
on our way to book bus tickets to Vinjales
banana car
banana car
images of Che Guevara can be found everywhere in Havana
images of Che Guevara can be found everywhere in Havana
Habana Centro: view from a Coco taxi
Habana Centro: view from a Coco taxi
Habana Centro: classic car line up
Habana Centro: classic car line up
Habana Centro: 34 seconds left till the green light
Habana Centro: 34 seconds left till the green light
Coco taxi
Coco taxi
morning traffic in Central Havana
morning traffic in Central Havana
so many motorbikes with side cars in Havana
so many motorbikes with side cars in Havana
bicycle taxi on the move
bicycle taxi on the move
Plaza de la Revolucion - Che Gevara & Camilo Cienfuegos
Plaza de la Revolucion – Che Gevara & Camilo Cienfuegos
“Hasta la Victoria Siempre”. Che Guevara
Jose Marti Memorial
Jose Marti Memorial
inside a Coco taxi
inside a Coco taxi
looking out the back
looking out the back “window” of a Coco taxi
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4 Comments

  1. Janelle
    January 21, 2015 / 1:22 am

    Adopt me please.

    • kate brand
      January 21, 2015 / 3:04 pm

      you’ll have to come to Belize for us to adopt you, Janelle 😉

  2. Natali
    January 21, 2015 / 3:59 pm

    wow!

    • kate brand
      July 12, 2015 / 11:08 pm

      Miss you! Xxx

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