Thursday, November 30, 2006
We contacted airport staff to learn that our backpacks were in Mexico City.
We left the airport at 1 AM after being reassured that our luggage would be delivered in the morning. We spent the night at the Radisson and in the morning after waiting for several hours and then speaking to the Concierge we were informed that best practice would be to return to the airport to chase the luggage.
Well we finally received the luggage at 1230, all intact.
We have found everyone we have spoken to and even some people we haven't are very helpful polite and in some cases bizarre.
We are half a block off Hollywood Boulevardand have walked its length. We caught the Metro to downtown LA and to Long Beach and did a tour of the Queen Mary and a Russian submarine called the Scorpion.
Train travel is $3 per day.
Internet is $6 per hour, but at least it is fast.
LA is a surprise package. We thought we might not like it much after what we have seen, but it is quiet and there is no pollution and there are not as many people around as there is in Cuba or Mexico. I think all the Mexicans are in LA.
So far we love it. Meeting up with Hin and Niamh on Friday.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
One of the many caves that crisscross the area, we were in a boat through this cave.
It was a cold day but yet another beautiful beach on the Carribean. The next day was glorious . Snorkelling was incredible once again off the beach.
Our tour leader and others jamming on a cold afternoon at Maria la Gorda. That afternoon Lenin showed us how to make the popular cocktail Mojito. Boy were they the best we had tasted. We also had to try out the Cuba Libres... rum and cola , as well. Guitar playing as we sang along and salsaed in our room was how we spent this afternoon. It was a highlight of our whole trip.
& The sun sets on our Cuban holiday
Sunday, November 26, 2006
As we travelled to our next destination with our packed lunch courtesy of our host family , we made a surprise stop at a secluded beach on the Carribean. We had the place to ourselves the water was divine. The only thing was the pebbles hard on the feet. We had the best ham and cheese rolls ever. Have we mentioned the standard fare everywhere you go ham and cheese or cheese or ham is the go on pizzas, on fish, in fish . The cliffs were fossilized coral and shell it was incredible. We are lucky to visit such places and we are always pinching ourselves.
Picture: looking down one of the streets from the square
Sunday, November 19, 2006
We are having an absolutely great time.
We are back in Havana after 2 weeks travelling east and now are heading west for a week.
Picture is of a Coppelia, which is an icecream parlour. The locals queue for hours waiting to be served as the ice cream is only a few cents in local money.
Some buildings need repair, some are restored. It is a photographer and artists heaven.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Sunday, November 12, 2006
There is music everywhere. Sit on a seat in a square and music surrounds you. It is from groups of people on the street, in a bar, in the square, in a restuarant. It is everywhere.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Sunday, November 05, 2006
We have arrived in Havana after a very bumpy roller coaster flight.
Internet is slow and expensive $9 US per hour.
Havana is a great place and is very colonial looking.
Photo : The view from our 8th floor room in the morning
We arrived at our hotel in the evening and were a bit unsure of where we were and what the people were like. We didn´t walk far and had dinner next door. The amazing thing about food from restuarants is that you can order the same meal from the same waiter on consecutive nights and end up with 2 completely different meals.
The next morning we travelled on a city tour bus to visit the highlights of the city. Havana is a very large city with 2.2 million people. It was with surprise that we noted the differences in the city. There were modern buildings and so many
colonial buildings sadly in need of repair.
were hundreds of people everywhere and many old cars and many bicycles and many taxis and many horse and carts and many people, walking, gathered on street corners, resting in doorways, queued at shops. Really undescribable.
Photo : View of Havana across the harbour
Photo : How beautiful is this
We rode the bus and stopped at a rum factory, which is a great place to be at 10am. Th guide was extremely funny and talked non stop, filling us in on the details of rum making. He spoke fluently and it was on sentence in Spanish and immediately repeated the sentence in English. Very entertaining and informative. Rum here is 3 to 5 $ per bottle.
We finished the rum factory visit with a flaming coffee. A cappuchino is made with local coffee and then heated rum on fire is poured into it and Yum.
Photo : And the old cars are every where
Thursday, November 02, 2006
the doors slammed shut and had to go to the next station. Meanwhile Nick was on the platform wondering whether to wait or head to the next station. But with trains every 3 minutes it did not take long before we were reunited.
We travelled on the tourist bus to have a final look at the city. It was a 3 hour trip and was an excellent way to see the city, it was aboard a double decker bus and we were on the top in the open air.
Some of the great architecture, but I can´t remember what it was called
There are lots of things for children to do inmexico City. The Zoo is free, there are children´s interactive museums, a science museum and a huge Luna Park with heaps and heaps of rides. This is part of the roller coaster, called the Russian Mountain that we could see from the bus
Tonight we will be observing the day of the dead celebrations.
This is part of the procession, not quite Christmas pageant style
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
The wedding cakes at the bakery
Just a short note.
We are in Mexico City again and trying to see as much as possible.
This place must be Halloween central, and as The Day of the Dead is celebrated on 1st November the whole place is full of ghouls and other things
Note the live iguana on this tourist`s shoulder
The bakery window
We went for a ride on a boat through some canals
There are street demonstrations here regarding the trouble in Oaxaca (pronounced Wahaca), but we have stayed clear of any trouble
There is so much to do and see, a couple of more days would be nice
this was one of the flamenco dancers that entertained us
A Mayan dancer at the traditional dinner