Oh wie schön..dreckig ist Panama – Müllberge im Paradies

“Oh wie schön ist Panama”, sagt der kleine Tiger zum kleinen Bären in Janoschs Kinderbuch. Doch die Wirklichkeit sieht anders aus. “Panama” ist immernoch weit von meinen Traum entfernt. Die Luft ist heiß, schwül, voll von Abgasen; die Strassengraeben gepflastert mit Müll und alles ist relativ teuer! Der erste Eindruck bleibt negativ, doch wie in jedem Land,…

Last Miles to Panama

A new sailing adventure beginns on the beautifull island Providencia. Sleeping on the beach at night – hanging out in the hostel-restaurant – one day I meet Luigi philosophying over his coffee. The Italian captain wants to sail with me, his German first mate, in his small Danish Sagitta 30, under the American flag, from…

The Boatnazi and his Sinking Ship

We were moored up to the end of the dock in Port Antonio. Sitting on the pier, connecting with friends and family through the wifi, the whole crew of the 53 feet steel ketch “Fairwinds” was waiting. Officials from the medical department and the customs had to arrive and give us clearance for Jamaica. Nobody…

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…