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January 2016

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  • user warning: Table './edadmin_drpl1/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<h1><a href=\"http://ed-rex.com/cuba-visit2015\" target=\"_blank\">The Pedestrians\' diaries, parts 10 and 11</a></h1>\n<h3><big>Days 9 and 10: Sugar beaches and the General\'s gun</big></h3>\n<p><a href=\"/sites/default/files/2013_06/cars_near_amburgueses_20151221_.jpg\" target=\"_blank\"><img src=\"http://ed-rex.com/sites/default/files/2013_06/cars_near_amburgueses_20151221_688px.jpg\" alt=\"Image: Photo of cars parked outside a hamburger stand in Varadero.\" title=\"Time smash\" /></a></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-variant: small-caps;\"><strong><small>January 22, 2016, OTTAWA &mdash; </small></strong></span>Excuses: the day job, other writing, selecting photos, an internet outage, real life ...</p>\n<p>All true, all inadequate. But here we are at last, come to the end of our Cuban adventures.</p>\n<p>Click here for Day 9: <a href=\"/cuba-visit2015/varadero_02\" target=\"_blank\">Varadero Sands</a>, our last full day in Cuba.</p>\n<p>And here for Day 10: <a href=\"/cuba-visit2015/varadero_03\" target=\"_blank\">Adios to Cuba</a>, in which I encounter a General and his gun.</p>\n<p>_____</p>\n<h1><a href=\"http://ed-rex.com/cuba-visit2015\" target=\"_blank\">The Pedestrians\' diaries, part 9</a></h1>\n<h3><big>Day 8: Last night in Havana</big></h3>\n<p><img src=\"http://ed-rex.com/sites/default/files/2013_06/grocery_store_20151221_688px.jpg\" alt=\"Image: Photo of the liquor shelf at the \'grocery store\' across from our casa particular in Varadero.\" title=\"Let the liquor do the thinking!\" /></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-variant: small-caps;\"><strong><small>January 13, 2016, OTTAWA &mdash; </small></strong></span> Our last morning in Havana was our first evening in Varadero.</p>\n<p>We learned that Cuba pumps oil on the sea shore, that good food isn\'t restricted to Santa Clara and Havana, and that we both looked forward to, and dreaded, the impending end of our journey.</p>\n<p>Click here for Day 8: <a href=\"/cuba-visit2015/varadero_01\" target=\"_blank\">A hovel in the lap of luxury</a>.</p>\n<p>_____</p>\n<h1><a href=\"http://ed-rex.com/cuba-visit2015\" target=\"_blank\">The Pedestrians\' diaries, part 8</a></h1>\n<h3><big>Day 7: Last night in Havana</big></h3>\n<p><img src=\"http://ed-rex.com/sites/default/files/2013_06/fidel_and_me20151220_688px.jpg\" alt=\"Image: Photo of Young Geoffrey with painting of Fidel Castro in Old Havana.\" title=\"Geoffolissimo\" /></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-variant: small-caps;\"><strong><small>December 20, 2015, OTTAWA &mdash; </small></strong></span> Our third full day in Havana was also our last; in the morning, we ship out to the beaches of Varadero.</p>\n<p>But today? Today we returned to <em>Habana vieja</em>, riding instead of walking, visiting old forts, old streets and old cars.</p>\n<p>Click here for Day 7: <a href=\"/cuba-visit2015/havana_03\" target=\"_blank\">Cocotaxi, Habana Vieja &amp; a \'56 Ford Fairlane</a>, and don\'t forget to play the video!</p>\n<p>_____</p>\n<h1><a href=\"http://ed-rex.com/cuba-visit2015\" target=\"_blank\">The Pedestrians\' diaries, part 7</a></h1>\n<h3><big>Day 6: Havana by day, Havana by night</big></h3>\n<p><img src=\"http://ed-rex.com/sites/default/files/2013_06/dead_yellow_car_neptuno20151219_688px.jpg\" alt=\"Image: Photo of yellow car, stripped or under repair near Calle Neptuno, Havana.\" title=\"Stripped, under repair, or toy for giants?\" /></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-variant: small-caps;\"><strong><small>January 10, 2016, OTTAWA &mdash; </small></strong></span> My Cuban diary continues, with our second full day in Havana.</p>\n<p>As with the first, we walked, and we walked and we walked. No soldiers this time, but a shuttered <em>Capitolio</em>, the Old City, <em>really</em> scary street-food and Chinatown (yes, Chinatown!).</p>\n<p>Click here for Day 6: <a href=\"/cuba-visit2015/havana_02\" target=\"_blank\">Stormy weather on the Malec&oacute;n</a>.</p>\n<p>_____</p>\n<h1><a href=\"http://ed-rex.com/cuba-visit2015\" target=\"_blank\">The Pedestrians\' diaries, part 6</a></h1>\n<h3><big>Day 5: Soldiers on duty!</big></h3>\n<p><img src=\"http://www.ed-rex.com/sites/default/files/2013_06/El_monumento_Jose_Miguel_Gomez20151218_688.jpg\" alt=\"Image: Photo of El monumento Jose Miguel Gomez from the south, in Havana, Cuba.\" /></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-variant: small-caps;\"><strong><small>January 7, 2016, OTTAWA &mdash; </small></strong></span> My Cuban diary continues, with a report from our first full day in Havana.</p>\n<p>Walking, walking, <em>walking</em>, we encountered smog and soldiers and monuments galore. And also, found ourselves back that the <em>Viazul</em> station, almost by accident.</p>\n<p>Click here for Day 5: <a href=\"/cuba-visit2015/havana_01\" target=\"_blank\">Schlepping in Havana</a>.</p>\n<p>_____</p>\n<h1><a href=\"http://ed-rex.com/cuba-visit2015\" target=\"_blank\">The Pedestrians\' diaries, part 5</a></h1>\n<h3><big>Day 4: <em>Adios</em>! Santa Clara (Havana ho!)</big></h3>\n<p><img src=\"http://www.ed-rex.com/sites/default/files/2013_06/che_statue_rear.jpg\" alt=\"Image: Photo of rear of statue of Che Guevara atop his Mausoleum in Santa Clara, Cuba.\" /></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-variant: small-caps;\"><strong><small>January 6, 2016, OTTAWA &mdash; </small></strong></span> Life and work have got in the way of things. But here at last is the fifth entry (for the fourth day) of my Cuba diary.</p>\n<p>The travellers come to Havana at last (and buy a pair of shorts)!</p>\n<p>Click here for Day 4: <a href=\"/cuba-visit2015/havana_ho\" target=\"_blank\">Shopping in Havana</a>.</p>\n<p>_____</p>\n<h1><a href=\"http://ed-rex.com/cuba-visit2015\" target=\"_blank\">The Pedestrians\' diaries, part 4</a></h1>\n<h3><big>Day 3: Che sera, sera</big></h3>\n<h2>The Note that wasn\'t</h2>\n<p><img src=\"http://www.ed-rex.com/sites/default/files/2013_06/parque_vidal_c_20151215-688px.jpg\" alt=\"Image: Photo of Parc Vidal in Santa Clara, Cuba\" /></p>\n<p><span style=\"font-variant: small-caps;\"><strong><small>January 1, 2016, OTTAWA &mdash; </small></strong></span> My diary for Day 3 is a bit of a cheat. I over-wrote the original and was forced to reconstruct it from memory and visual aids (ie, photos).</p>\n<p>But I remember the day pretty well. 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The Pedestrians' diaries, parts 10 and 11

Days 9 and 10: Sugar beaches and the General's gun

Image: Photo of cars parked outside a hamburger stand in Varadero.

January 22, 2016, OTTAWA — Excuses: the day job, other writing, selecting photos, an internet outage, real life ...

All true, all inadequate. But here we are at last, come to the end of our Cuban adventures.

Click here for Day 9: Varadero Sands, our last full day in Cuba.

And here for Day 10: Adios to Cuba, in which I encounter a General and his gun.

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The Pedestrians' diaries, part 9

Day 8: Last night in Havana

Image: Photo of the liquor shelf at the 'grocery store' across from our casa particular in Varadero.

January 13, 2016, OTTAWA — Our last morning in Havana was our first evening in Varadero.

We learned that Cuba pumps oil on the sea shore, that good food isn't restricted to Santa Clara and Havana, and that we both looked forward to, and dreaded, the impending end of our journey.

Click here for Day 8: A hovel in the lap of luxury.

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The Pedestrians' diaries, part 8

Day 7: Last night in Havana

Image: Photo of Young Geoffrey with painting of Fidel Castro in Old Havana.

December 20, 2015, OTTAWA — Our third full day in Havana was also our last; in the morning, we ship out to the beaches of Varadero.

But today? Today we returned to Habana vieja, riding instead of walking, visiting old forts, old streets and old cars.

Click here for Day 7: Cocotaxi, Habana Vieja & a '56 Ford Fairlane, and don't forget to play the video!

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The Pedestrians' diaries, part 7

Day 6: Havana by day, Havana by night

Image: Photo of yellow car, stripped or under repair near Calle Neptuno, Havana.

January 10, 2016, OTTAWA — My Cuban diary continues, with our second full day in Havana.

As with the first, we walked, and we walked and we walked. No soldiers this time, but a shuttered Capitolio, the Old City, really scary street-food and Chinatown (yes, Chinatown!).

Click here for Day 6: Stormy weather on the Malecón.

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The Pedestrians' diaries, part 6

Day 5: Soldiers on duty!

Image: Photo of El monumento Jose Miguel Gomez from the south, in Havana, Cuba.

January 7, 2016, OTTAWA — My Cuban diary continues, with a report from our first full day in Havana.

Walking, walking, walking, we encountered smog and soldiers and monuments galore. And also, found ourselves back that the Viazul station, almost by accident.

Click here for Day 5: Schlepping in Havana.

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The Pedestrians' diaries, part 5

Day 4: Adios! Santa Clara (Havana ho!)

Image: Photo of rear of statue of Che Guevara atop his Mausoleum in Santa Clara, Cuba.

January 6, 2016, OTTAWA — Life and work have got in the way of things. But here at last is the fifth entry (for the fourth day) of my Cuba diary.

The travellers come to Havana at last (and buy a pair of shorts)!

Click here for Day 4: Shopping in Havana.

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The Pedestrians' diaries, part 4

Day 3: Che sera, sera

The Note that wasn't

Image: Photo of Parc Vidal in Santa Clara, Cuba

January 1, 2016, OTTAWA — My diary for Day 3 is a bit of a cheat. I over-wrote the original and was forced to reconstruct it from memory and visual aids (ie, photos).

But I remember the day pretty well. We had our first introductions to the realities of Cuban bureaucracies and the limitations on freedom that Cubans have to deal with. We also spent time at the Che Guevara mausoleum and rode home in a horse-drawn taxi — no calèche, but a humble cart.

Click here for Day 3: Che sera, sera.

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