La Habana – die Lebende Stadt!

La Habana – die Stadt der alten Autos, der noch älteren Gebäude und jungen Einwohnern. Viele Kinder füllen die Straßen, laute, fröhliche Reggeaton Musik ertönt aus jedem Fahrradtaxi und jeder zweiten Butze. Am Fuß der bunten Fassaden haben Familien vieler Häuser kleine Cafeterias, Pizzerias oder nen Kiosk aufgemacht. Man kann neben den edleren, Touristenrestaurants viele…

Ab ans andere Ende von Kuba – Trip to Santiago

Mauro und ich beschliessen, nach Santiago de Cuba zu reisen. 9000km ans andere Ende der Insel. Er hat garkein Geld und ich hab n bisschen. Kein Problem! Dafuer haben wir ne zweite Haengematte von Oriana, aus der Schweiz geschenkt bekommen, gegessen wird kubanisch guenstig und fahren werden wir auch wie die Kubaner. Camions, wie Viehtransporter…

Hang Loose in Hostel Mango

Hostel Mango– the place to be in Habana – is one of the few hostels in the old town. Merle and I met Carlos, the owner and soul of the hostel, because Mauro had told us about this amazing place. Even though all the beds were occupied for many weeks, Carlos stopped working and tryed…

A Letter from Germany and the Cuban Post

The letter, containing the new credit card, has been sent off in a German post office  four weeks ago. Many stories tell unreliable things about the Cuban Post System and claim that some sendings never arrive. So where is mine? I start the quest in the Ministerio de Comunicationes. A nice lady prints out the…

Visa in Kuba

So lansam läuft mir die Zeit davon. Der vor drei Wochen losgeschickte Ersatzkreditkarte ist immernoch unterwegs. Die deutsche Post bestätigt, dass der Brief schon lange in Kuba angekommen sei. Wo er jetzt wohl steckt? Geldsorgen habe ich noch keine, da ich mir mittlerweile bei den Kubanern abgeguckt hab, wie man günstig über die Runden kommt….

Let`s buy a Boat! Fix it up & Sail Away

Hanging around in Marina Hemingway, Addison, a good friend of Carol and Terry told me about a boat which is for sale. All the owner wants is someone to pay off the depth he has in the Marina. He couldn´t pay the marina fees for a long time because he got really sick and had…

Goodbye Common Sense

Arriving back at the Common Sense after travelling around Cuba for two weeks feels a bit like coming home. Carol and Terry had also travelled around and we have  a lot to talk about. I leave my backpack on the boat and hang the hammock in a tree right next to it. I feel very…

The World is a Town

One Saturday we watch the Capoeira presentation of out friend Mauro (22) at the Plaza Vieja. We´ve met him a couple days earlyer in a little casa where a family lives, cooks food for locals and sells cheap beer. He is originally from Angola, lives in Habana since 3 years and studys law at the…

Welcome to Cuba – Jaimanitas

Right next to the Marina Hemingway there is a small town called Jaimanitas. Many Cubans live here in a not as much by tourism influenced way. The streets are full of interesting Tile-Art, created as an homage to Gaudi.   Every fruit which grows in Cuba (e.g. coconuts) is eatable and free for everyone. There…

S*** happens

I lost my credit card in an ATM on Tortola…

The old Man and the Three – Marina Hemingway

Our final destination: Marina Hemingway! Havanna, on the north coast of Cuba, that´s the place we all look forward to see, where we meet Carol again and where our ways are gonna split apart. Theo will book a flight back to England, Marie (Merles international second name) and I will travel around in Cuba and…

Foodstop in the Caribbeans – Tortola

Four weeks on the sea – an exhausting and amazing journey. Craving for sleep, fresh food and a cold beer we finally arrive in Road Town, Tortola a harbour bay in the British Virgin Islands. We have to stop here because we almost ran out of food. The crossing took longer than we had exspected!…