Life is all about seizing the moment and being happy.

游哈瓦娜(上)

How could you go all the way to Cuba and not spend at least a day to check out Havana? I put it at the top of my “must-sees” while in Varadero.

Once we checked the bus tours of Havana and calculated the driving times and stops involved (a Cigar factory and Matanzas), then could tell we might only have about an hour to walk around Old Havana, it seemed too short for us. Plus the trip with a BIG group that is always not our type.

If there is a PROBLEM, you should find the SOLUTION.

After collecting all the information, I asked our hotel to arrange a taxi to Havana for the entire day ( around 160 Peso). That means we had our own private driver and stopped wherever we asked him to. It is much better than the bus tours of Havana.

The car could fit four people , immediately several person wanted to join us for the day trip, finally I chose a young couple. BL asked me why, I said there is only one reason — the SIZE. Simply we don’t want to be packed like sardines on the way. 

 

晃动中拍的,图片模糊了

           这辆居然是中国货,甚至连它的说明书。让我们这孤零零的中国游客顿时倍感亲切。看来一直听说的
           中国有支援古巴的事情是真的,而且无处不在啊。我的大国情怀又开始飘然了,哈!

 
   

这张照片的A+B=c文字免了吧

      值得一提是,搭顺风车,它在古巴当地已形成非常奇特的一个特色,也是一道独有的景致(可惜没留下照片)。
      自经济衰退以来,汽油紧缺,政府颁布法规,要求凡古巴籍车辆,均有搭载路人的义务。在去 Havana 的途中,
      各主要路口,路边站着成排的准备搭车的人,还设有专人负责拦车事宜。我问 Mick 搭车要不要交一定的费用,
      他说没有一定之规。

Mick who’s our driver, he was friendly, spoke fairly good English. He drove very very safely and very knowledgeable about things we should see, gave us a personal tour of Havana. He was such a great guy! After Mick told me that all the money goes to the company but except the tips, I decided we should tip him 20 Peso, actually each couple only pay 10 Pesos. Also, I asked him to extend an hour for the day and bring us to see the real Cuba if it is possible. Mick was so happy and said that 20 Peso ( around 450 Cuban Peso) is the same as his monthly income.

Pricey?! But a cab for the entire day? Very much worth it!

During the noon time we were in Old Havana, we decided it is better to have our own free time and then met Mick back at the car when we were finished. We got to spend 3 ~ 4 hours in old Havana while Mick would have coffees and chat with other taxi drivers.

But for some reasons that young couple got really angry when we were on the way back. Once this lady got mad, she would go on and on and on in circles. I don’t like Havana, there is nothing to see, nothing to eat, Havana is ugly!…“. All the bad and rude words came out of her mouth. She felt that Mick should give them a personal tour in Old Havana and then turned around and whispered to me:”I am only going to pay him 5 Peso”.

 噢,我这才尚有所悟,真是小鸡肠,不就是嫌多给了些小费吗?!看来自己光顾了对方的体形SIZE,却忽略了
心胸的SIZE。

If you need to keep the costs low, You can take a bus from downtown Varadero to Havana for 10 ~ 12 Peso each way. The bus leave around 8:30 am and come back around 10:30pm. But, don’t rely on it, especially in Cuba, there is always no reason for the delay, so called CUBAN TIME. Well, if you are on a time frame, HOW MUCH CAN YOU ENJOY WHEN YOU ARE WAITING AND WAITING FOR THE BUS TO COME?

Tip # 14: 私人出租车的价格会便宜些,但载外国游客在古巴是非法的。通过酒店订车是最安全的。

7 responses

  1. Rong

    这么短暂的时间要了解一个人到里外似乎有点难度。
     
    结果小费给足了吗?
     
     

    June 15, 2007 at 2:56 am

  2. mei

    我有点晕英文.
     
     

    June 15, 2007 at 3:44 pm

  3. mei

    收到你的邮件了.电话偶不敢打.怕偶的粗声大嗓破坏在你心中的美好形象.呵呵
    我现在是和其他人合租,共用一个电话,不太方便.
    而且巧的是:有一个和我同名.房东也不太爱传电话.
     
    说真的,很羡慕你英语好,觉得自己需要努力.不然,差距太大了.

    June 15, 2007 at 3:52 pm

  4. Y N

     

    戎,她也太出格了。在回程车上一边骂喋喋,一边掏出早上从酒店拿的面包当午饭,嗨,这已是下午四点了,搞不懂她!
    直到Mick带我们去他家,这位男的,可能觉得有点过分,将 5 peso 悄悄塞给我,没让女的看见。
     
    阿妍,我们都有晕的过程哦。
    愿你湖边玩的开心,还有你的片,我一直喜欢你的摄影!
     
     

    June 16, 2007 at 1:28 pm

  5. Y N

     
    If you feel angry about a certain situation, do not criticize others or take out your own frustration towards others. I feel sorry for you and Mick.
    Anyway, you had a very nice day trip!
     
     

    June 17, 2007 at 8:33 pm

  6. Y N

     
    In Cuba you have to follow that you-do-for-me-I-do-for-you.
    I don\’t think that we gave the tip was too high if I calculate by 15%, plus we got the extra…, it could be really lighted up our day trip.
     

    June 17, 2007 at 10:46 pm

  7. youjun

    啊,又有那么多新东西啦,我来不及看了,而且英文那么多。。。。。
    我出差了,久违了!!!!!
    好,让我慢慢来品味吧!

    June 18, 2007 at 10:36 am

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