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First Impressions from Cuba

I am currently on a three week trip on Cuba under terms of a PhD Exchange. Since Internet is really slow here (like 2Mbit for the entire university) and hard to get by anyway, this will be a short entry only. I am preparing this text on my notebook, but pictures won’t do until I’m back to Germany.

I wanted to give a first impression, but it’s somehow really hard for me, because I haven’t made up my mind yet about the situation here. Before traveling, we were warned of a really poor country and especially bad apartments. While this country is truthfully poor, the apartments are not nearly as bad as we were told. Ok, they’re rather dirty and there’s no hot water, but otherwise they’re fine, even with refrigerator and tv.

The prices in this country are going from incredibly cheap (in Cuban areas) to waaay to expensive (in tourist areas). Upon arrival, we were in the tourist part in Havannah, before going to the dormitories next day. We tried to find something to eat in that area, and the first offers went from around 13-17 Euro per person, which is not affordable for us at all. After some time and asking around, we finally found a rather nice restaurant which had offers at around 2-3 Euro, which is more like it. To give a comparison, near the university there is a (really dirty) street, where they offer pizza for 10 Peso, which is around 40 cent, as well as fresh Batida de Guyaba for 8-12 cent. That one is so tasty, it will probably be the thing I will miss most back in Germany 🙂 . One more thing about traveling: We use the bus several times, it took the five of us approximately 8 cent for a 45 minutes trip (but you don’t have to pay in most buses anyway, people just hop in in the middle entrance).

I have to admit, this is not a very well structured article. I would like to write about confusing currency exchange, the people, buildings etc., but it’s difficult without (fast) Internet and enough time to think about it. So this is more for telling everyone, I’m still alive. So, just to give a short conclusion, this is indeed a poor country, but people seem to be very happy nonetheless and everyone is just relaxed, which is a nice change from Germany. Everyone is enjoying life despite of troubles.

’til later!

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  1. February 20th, 2009 at 20:32 | #1

    yeah! there you are, and blogging from cuba. i´m really curious about your trip and very impatient for my flight next week.

    Have a realy good time and see you soon in Santa Clara!

    Hasta la victoria siempre!

  1. February 20th, 2009 at 20:41 | #1

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