Cuba. Country of disappeared time

22-06-2017, 12:36
I dreamed to get to Cuba for a long time. And always there was a note for this dream “as long as Fidel is alive”. Fidel is a whole era. His ideas are what determines the difference between life in Cuba and life anywhere else. The dream of Cuba lived for years, but it was decided to make a decision in a day or two. My trip took place in October-November 2016, while Fidel was alive. He died a couple of days after I flew to Mexico.
Cuba. Country of disappeared time
Immediately upon arrival at the airport, José Martí, it became clear that Cuba is a special country. I knew it before, but now I was beginning to see and feel it in practice. Merry cabaret began immediately, border guards and customs officers wore ultra mini and fishnet tights. Immediately at the airport showed the slowest elevator in the world. You can exchange money for cookies (a kind of Cuban money, information in a note) in the exchangers on the first floor, standing for a decent line, or on the second, where the line is smaller or not at all. Of the two elevators, only one worked, on the descent, to go upstairs, carrying my backpack on wheels, I was too lazy, took the elevator.I drove about 3-4 minutes, not exaggerating, at a speed of about one meter per minute.
This is not a border guard at the airport, but just a passer-by at Sancti Spiritus, but it looks much the same.
Cuba. Country of disappeared time
You can get from the airport to the city by taxi for 20 KOKs or walking about 2 km on foot to the Boyeros stop on the so-called Mache (collectively) 25 times cheaper for 20 pesos (the second kind of Cuban money cannot be obtained at the airport). I went to the city by taxi, sharing it with a girl from Portugal. My companion spoke fluent Spanish, I tried to understand their conversation, picking up certain familiar words. She came out first and it turned out that the taxi driver speaks Russian perfectly. He studied and lived in Kiev, was married to a Ukrainian, and from time to time flies to visit his son and ex-wife, who moved to Paris.
Cuba. Country of disappeared time
Makina, or Collective - an old American car, which is used as a minibus, and this is a taxi for tourists.
Cuba. Country of disappeared time
I rented the accommodation for the first five days through Airbnb. I really liked the photos of the beautiful clean apartment in Havana Centro. It is exactly as in the photo, my accommodation and it turned out. It cost 25 Cook per day, which, given the availability of its own kitchen, is not so bad.Outside, a view of the real Havana.
Cuba. Country of disappeared time
Cuba. Country of disappeared time
30 years ago, my father worked for six months in Cuba, mostly in Havana. What I saw with my own eyes when I went out into the street turned out to be very similar to what I saw on old photos and films that my father brought back from that era. Although the country has certainly changed, especially considering the lifting of sanctions by America.
Cuba. Country of disappeared time
Cuba. Country of disappeared time
But this is all unimportant. Havana was so beautiful that she could forgive all her faults. Looking at its dilapidated streets and crumbling right in front of the house, I tried to imagine how it all looked in the age of the mafia or the age of the Spanish colonization, before the destruction. It is possible that then Havana was the most beautiful city on Earth. Now it is one of the most special cities, lost in an incomprehensible time, filled with both sad and cheerful locals, old cars and inedible street food.
Cuba. Country of disappeared time
Cuba. Country of disappeared time
Cuba. Country of disappeared time
Cuba. Country of disappeared time
Cuba. Country of disappeared time
PS about money
In Cuba, there are two types of money. One is peso kuban or moneda nacional (CUP), it can pay for local goods and services. There is an erroneous opinion that it is available only to Cuban citizens, in fact there are no restrictions.
You can get Moneda Nacional in exchange for cookies in exchange offices (casa de cambio, abbreviated to the cadet), but not in banks. The second type of money - peso convertible or cook (CUC). Locals utter a cook, foreigners sometimes say si si. It is extracted both in exchange offices and in banks. It is better to exchange Euros or Canadian dollars if they are suddenly in their hands. For the exchange of American dollars take a commission (or rather it is called a fine) 10%. Cook, at the same time, is equal to the American dollar. In one cookie, 24 pesos, if you sell cookies, 25 pesos if you buy cookies. Information is current as of October-November 2016.

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