Carribean Island Providencia

This cute little island is a jewel of the Carribeans.  Blue, clear water and white beaches surround Providencia. Only 5000 people live here. Politically it belongs to Colombia even though it lays much closer to Nicaragua. A huge, quite ok protected anchoring bay is located in the north-west. It is easy to sail in but make sure to anchor without blocking the channel for…

Impressions of Jamaica

Jamaica is a beautiful green island. Its hills, rivers and lagoons are breath taking. Despite poverty, crime and many husslers in the streets, the relaxed Rastafari spirit of peace, hope and one love is still deeply rooted in the land. Far off the main roads the real soul of Jamaica shows. People here mean “Man…

Caribbean Dreams – Lonely Islands, Lobster, Lagerfeuer

In the harbour of Cienfuegos I met the Swedish Captn Fredrik and his crew of the sailing yacht “Fairwinds“. A young group of seven cool travellers who sail around  the Carribean Islands on the 57feet steel ketch. Their next trip leads to Jamaica and they will leave the next morning. Fredrik offers to queeze me…

Good to know for travelling in Cuba

-The app “maps:me” offers a great offline map for free. Hostels, casas particulares, restaurants, bus stops and sights are visible. Since internet is only available in certain places, this app becomes particularly usefull in Cuba. This app makes it almost too easy to get arround. -Buying internet cards in the official stores is cheaper than on…

Eat and drink in Cuba

In Cuba you have the choice to pay for the exspensive “tourist food” ,which is not necessarily better, or the cheap food the Cubans eat. Always ask for the price before eating. Look at the menus, because the places for Cubans set their prices in Cup. It is usefull to exchange some “tourist money” (CUC)…

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…

Habana to Santiago

Great memories of a spontanious trip to the other end of Cuba. Mauro (Angola), Richard (Germany), I and later Rachel (China) travelled, as cheap as possible, together to Baracoa, Santiago, Santa Marta, Guada La Vaca and Cienfuegos. We had a lot of fun together! Thank you for the great time guys 🙂  

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…

Reisen im Laster – Travelling cheaply in Cuba

Ich sitz hier gerade im Camion zusammen mit 20 Kuabnern und komme mir ziehmlich blöd dabei vor, das Tablet rauszuholen um zu schreiben. Aber dies ist nunmal am authentischsten. Zum Glück hat es einen großen Riss im Bildschirm seit dem es auf dem Atlantic von einer riesigen Welle durchs Boot geschleudert wurde. Damit sieht es…

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…