Critical Walls of Cuba – Urban Art

Painting, Spraying, Drawing on the old walls of Cuba is not really illegal. Infrastructure is for everyone. Houses are administrated by the government and people earn the right to live in them. There is no such thing as private property where one can do what he wants without applying for permission. A paradise for urban…

CubAmigos – Close Friends in Cuba

Many people here opened their homes and hearts for me and we became very close friends. I cant put it in words how friendly and welcoming People are here! It is about one month ago when I moved to Habana. There is so much to do, to see and to experience. Not only learning to dance…

Ab ans andere Ende von Kuba – Trip to Santiago

Mauro und ich beschliessen, nach Santiago de Cuba zu reisen. 900 km 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…

Chased by Cops – Skating in Cuba

The sun is burning, the air stands still and the streets are dry. Yalien (44) will meet me tomorow at the end of the Malecon around 5. Of course Cuban time, plus a not defined amount of waiting time! Once the heat of the day fades away, the streets of Habana become a great place…

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…

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…

Viñales und die Kuh am Morgen

Wir packen unsere Rucksäcke, verabschieden uns von Terry & Carol und stapfen los Richtung Viñales. Wir wollen mehr von Kuba sehen als bloß Marina Hemingway. Ein “Taxi Collectivo” bringt uns direkt dorthin und wir finden schnell ein kleines Wäldchen um unser Hängemattenlager aufzuschlagen. Am nächsten Morgen finden wir eine “Casa particular”, ein Zimmer im Haus…

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…