“Travels to a Different Time” : Santiago de Cuba: July 1996: Attack of the Cuban Red Ants: A Near Dangerous Shampoo

Woke up in the early morning for a swim and a game of tennis. I found someone looking for a game and sat down on the court to put on my running shoes. One night there were sheep on the tennis court and one morning turkeys. We had roast turkey for dinner that night! BoyContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : Santiago de Cuba: July 1996: Attack of the Cuban Red Ants: A Near Dangerous Shampoo”

“Travels to a Different Time” : Santiago de Cuba: July 1996: Evening Entertainment: Glorification of Colonial Exploitation!

Do I require nightly entertainment? It starts at 21:30 each night. Usually finish dinner at 20:00 and then have a coffee outside. One night it was some university students performing a cabaret show. One night dance. One night synchronized swimming with a fire eater and a magician. Then a strange cowboy and Indian show whichContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : Santiago de Cuba: July 1996: Evening Entertainment: Glorification of Colonial Exploitation!”

Santiago de Cuba: July 1996: Carnival and Begging Cuban Children?

Hotel guests were invited to Carnival Parade in Santiago de Cuba. We were only a few who accepted and it was an absolutely unforgettable experience of Afro-Cuban culture. We took a bus into Santiago de Cuba an impressive but decaying example of colonial architecture. Everyone was out partying in the street. The air was heavyContinue reading “Santiago de Cuba: July 1996: Carnival and Begging Cuban Children?”

Santiago de Cuba: July 1996: Fighting Cubans

Took a 6 km bicycle ride along the coast. Roasting hot but a nice breeze cooled things down a bit. The coast is rugged and rocky with crashing waves sending up a big spray. About 2 kms from the hotel there is a rather run-down amusement park that looks like something from a Flintstones cartoon.Continue reading “Santiago de Cuba: July 1996: Fighting Cubans”

“Travels to a Different Time ” : Santiago de Cuba: July 1996: The Pudge Boys from Hamburg

There are two rather pudgy boys from Hamburg that are staying at the hotel. Both are called Ollie. They rise late and soon after begin consuming vat quantities of Mayabe beer until they retire at 2 a.m. Both are students at the University of Hamburg and both have ponytails. They enjoy heavy metal and punkContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time ” : Santiago de Cuba: July 1996: The Pudge Boys from Hamburg”

“Travels to a Different Time” : Santiago de Cuba: July 1996: How About the Food? The Ignoramus With The Baseball Cap

The property I am staying at is managed by Canadian Hotel company Delta Hotels. As I understand Cuba a good part of the food is brought in from Canada. It was Canadians that gave a shot in the arm to tourism here. For example if you look at the juice dispenser the juice is fromContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time” : Santiago de Cuba: July 1996: How About the Food? The Ignoramus With The Baseball Cap”

“Travels to a Different Time ” : 20July1996: Santiago de Cuba: Lounge Lizard Perverts and Pastors Against the Blockade

On the way to Santiago de Cuba at Toronto Pearson Airport at 11:15 a.m. there are a few scary Cuban bound passengers who are sleazy looking. Quite frankly they look like greasy little perverts up to no good. Computer nerds with criminal intent. I have a very bad vibe these are pedophiles looking for actionContinue reading ““Travels to a Different Time ” : 20July1996: Santiago de Cuba: Lounge Lizard Perverts and Pastors Against the Blockade”