My Viazul bus left Havana at 18:30 yesterday evening.
The photo below actually shows my dinner last night when the bus stopped for a break. It was a very very simple pizza.

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The bus arrived in Santiago de Cuba around 6:30 in the morning today. The ride was 12 hours in total and it was surprisingly good except the intense air-conditioner which almost froze my entire body.

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Still feeling a bit sleepy, I found a street-vendor selling an espresso just outside the Viazul bus terminal. The espresso was only CUP1.00 served in a shabby used plastic cup. This espresso was very strong and very sweet. I wouldn't say that it was a good coffee, but it definitely had a kick on my sleepy brain after I was shivering and constantly waking up in the middle of the night inside the bus.

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It was supposedly a long walk from the bus terminal to the city centre of Santiago de Cuba and I couldn't be bothered to walk all the way. So I tried a tri-bicycle ride for the first time this morning.
The fare was CUC2.00 and my tri-bicycle rider was getting very sweaty as he was taking me a long gentle hill upwards (the city centre was located on top of the hill).

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Unlike Havana where quite a few different ethnic groups such as Caucasian, African and others were living, people in Santiago de Cuba appeared to have strong Caribbean influence - very dark skin, small faces and quite slim. I found a lot of women here exotically beautiful.

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I met an Israeli guy out of the blue when I was buying an ice cream in a mini-market in the city centre of Santiago de Cuba. He was an interesting guy to talk to and basically told me the following;

" Go out to a bar or a disco while in Cuba. Buy a girl a drink or two. And don't be cheap! It only costs you CUC2 or 3 anyway. But don't go for the first girl you met. Wait for the second one! "

His advice must have been truly based on his own experience. I had no intention to meet local girls here in Cuba, but I would take his advice seriously for the rest of my life.


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There is a castle / fortress called Morro Castle located outside Santiago de Cuba - the name of this fortress in Spanish is "Castillo de los Tres Reyes del Morro", but it's too long!
I went to this fortress just before 5pm. A taxi cost me CUC10.00 for a return trip while the entrance fee was only CUC4.00. I was lucky enough to see a ceremony held by the guardians inside the fortress as the sun was gradually going over the super-calm Caribbean sea.

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Somehow, this extremely calm sea made me wonder if this was where Fidel Castro and Che Guevara launched their very first revolutionary movement in the 1950's.

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