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    We've been checking it out...beautiful country, especially Havana. Anyone here ever been there?
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    awesome !! )

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Hoddy View Post
      We've been checking it out...beautiful country, especially Havana. Anyone here ever been there?
      I've not been there myself, but a friend has, and he says it is very beautiful. He especially liked the 1950s US cars that are still being used.

      My sister and her husband were booked to go a couple of years ago, but unfortunately her husband lost his job and they had to cancel.
      Strangers on this road we are on,
      and we are not two, we are one.

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      • #4
        Never been, but it's on my bucket list.
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        • #5
          Get some pics of the '50's cars still cruising the streets.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Idunno View Post
            Get some pics of the '50's cars still cruising the streets.
            Some friends just got back from a cruise there...here's a few of their pics!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by panhandler View Post
              Never been, but it's on my bucket list.
              On my bucket list to go back. It was 1958 when we were there, half a year before Castro took the reins. I was young, but remembered how beautiful it was, how poor some people were, and the opulent capitol with people sitting at desks, reading the newspaper. We went to a cigar factory and watched women build cigars in little cubicles, smoking the seconds as they worked. Just this week, I watched a documentary about Billy Gibbons and his band, the BFG's (Billy F'n Gibbons?). Everywhere, people recognized him and broke into his song, Quiero Mas Dinero that's on his album, Perfectamundo.

               
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                  Now I want to go

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                Was there in 2011 for the Havana Jazz Festival.
                (I’m not a fan of cruise ships myself, but whatever.)
                We stayed at the (very famous) Hotel Nacianal.
                Even the street musicians are classically trained and they’re all over the place. Went to Buena Vista Social Club one night.
                We took a a bunch of baseballs to give to kids and sets of nylon guitar strings to give to the musicians which are hard to get there.

                Going Down To Cuba"

                Sometimes I get to feeling low
                Wish I could just pick up and go somewhere new
                Change my point of view
                Maybe somewhere I don't know
                Toss the idea to and fro
                Not sure what makes it come and go
                There it is again: sweet music on the wind
                Over the Gulf of Mexico

                I'm going to down to Cuba someday soon
                Following that Caribbean moon
                It's been too long since I've been there
                I'm going down to Cuba with my friends
                Down where the rhythm never ends
                Where women wear gardenias in their hair

                People will tell you it's not easy
                You're not supposed to go, they say
                They say that Cuba is the enemy
                I'm going down there anyway

                I'm going down to Cuba to see my friends
                Down where the rhythm never ends
                No problem is too difficult to solve
                Yeah times are tough down there it's true
                But you know they're going to make it through
                They make such continuous use of the verb to resolve
                They've got to deal with that embargo
                Enough to drive any country insane
                They might not know the things you and I know
                They do know what to do in a hurricane
                Maybe I'll go through Mexico
                Old Jesse Helms don't have to know
                Anyway all the allies of the USA
                Travel to Cuba everyday

                I'm going down to Cuba to see my friends
                Down where the rhythm never ends
                Where by comparison my trouble will just unravel
                I'm North American, you know
                Don't like to hear where I can't go
                Free people will insist on the freedom to travel

                I'm going to drink the rum mojito
                And walk out on the Malecon
                In one hand a Monte Cristo
                And in the other an ice cream cone

                I'm going down to Cuba with my band
                We're going to formulate a plan
                Whereby we obtain that cultural permission

                If I told you once I told you thrice
                It'll put a smile on your face to see a Chevrolet with a Soviet transmission
                I bet the country cast a spell
                And there are things I think of still
                Like the beauty of that woman that spoke to me
                In the Hotel Nacional

                I'm gonna book my flight today
                I'm definitely on my way
                Just hold my place and I'll get back in the race
                And I'm back in the USA


                Last edited by RogueGnome; 01-14-2019, 08:33 AM.
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                • #10
                  Nice! I intend to go...someday.

                  Don't know if you like Conan Obrien or not, but he has a series on netflix where he visits other countries. Kind cool imo. The first one is a trip to Cuba.

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                  • #11
                    Went two years ago over Xmas- (Havana only). It’s definitely worth visiting, kind of a mind-F*** in some ways. People are relatively friendly and there’s essentially no crime to be concerned about. We didn’t get to go to Cien Fuegos or other places that u should try to go see.

                    Bonus: saw Kevin Bacon in a fancy hotel where I was exchanging money and using their WiFi haha. He wasn’t happy to be recognized.

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                    • #12
                      We stayed at the Hotel Nacional too. The elevator operator had a small stack of revolutionary flyers tucked behind his chair, which was folded against the wall. He gave them to selected people. I had a crew cut, which was a source of curiosity for the locals. The elevator operator reached out and patted me on the head, just to see what that short hair was all about. Men in Cuba, at that point in time, had slicked back pompadours.

                      One place we went was a highly recommended French restaurant in the basement of a building a short walk from the hotel. There were no electric lights in the dining room, just candles. Yeah, the food was good, served in numerous courses. Cuba was the most exotic place I had been.

                      Another place we went was the Tropicana Club, which I later heard was run by the US mafia. Don't know about that, but the band was hot.
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                      • #13
                        Originally posted by thankyou View Post
                        ... the band was hot.
                        so,
                        They danced the famous Marango
                        Now we dolly back
                        Now we fade to black...

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                        • #14
                          Originally posted by Red Ant View Post
                          so,
                          They danced the famous Marango
                          Now we dolly back
                          Now we fade to black...
                          That's Haitian, not Cuban...


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                        • #15
                          Cuba is definitely on my short list. My plan is to go to Scotland later this year. Maybe Cuba next year

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