8th Dec 2013 - Cuba
The usual summary on Cuba takes a slight twist this time with some fun Cuban facts thrown in as well (thanks to my trusty Lonely Planet for most of these).
Days in Cuba: 14
Cities visited: 5
Buses planned to take: 4
Buses actually taken: 0
Taxis taken between cities instead: 4
Days chilling on a beach: 2
Number of crumbling buildings in Havana: Thousands, if not millions
Old car taxis available: hundreds
Amount of Wifi: None, literally
Amount of internet: Getting there slowly, mainly dial-up
Meals not involving rice or beans: 0
Number of days when lunch was skipped due to size of breakfast and dinner: 12
In December 1946 the Mafia convened the biggest ever get-together of North American mobsters in Havana’s Hotel Nacional, under the pretence that they were going to a Frank Sinatra concert
Che Guevara – whose father’s family name was Guevara Lynch – can trace his Celtic roots back to a Patrick Lynch, born in Galway in Ireland 1715, who emigrated to Buenos Aires in 1749.
Habana Vieja is one of the most crowded quarters in Latin America with over 70,000 people living in an area of just 4.5 sq km.
Cuba had 70,000 qualified doctors. The whole of Africa has only 50,000.
Cuban tobacco and cigar exports net approximately CUC$200m annually, but every year 6000 Cubans die from smoking-related illnesses.
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