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  • #91
    Located all of my Cuba holiday pictures.



    More later

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    • #92
      ^That was the Hotel Nacional de Cuba (more about it later): https://www.hotelnacionaldecuba.com/

      I think this is the hotel. Hotel Inglaterra

      I was told by our Cuban guide (maybe bias) the hotel we were staying at (Saratoga) was the second nicest hotel in Havana,………but the nicest was the Inglaterra and for our next visit we should stay there.: http://www.hotelinglaterra-cuba.com/


      Trip Advisor doesn't agree with her.

      Little information,....Why we/I had a guide. Our guide told me that she had to be with me at all times during our visit (outside the hotel), but the Thai girlfriend could travel without her. A policy/rule for Americans but not Thai visitors. We/I went out without her on many occasions while there. Rules


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      • #93
        Handful of pictures but this time inside and on the grounds of Hotel Nacional de Cuba where tourists are welcome. Nice place but away from the center of activity.








        (more) Later a story about the first picture I posted on the Hotel Nacional de Cuba.

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        • #94
          About the picture below.

          Originally posted by S Landreth View Post
          If I remember right it was taken from an apartment owned by a Cuban artist. I forget his name but I think he had a website where you could purchase his art. Some nice art work (sculptures also) but mostly related to the countryside. Not for me.

          While looking around in the apartment I noticed a sculpture that had some tracks of a small bulldozer imbedded in it. I called attention to it and he was so delighted. With the help of our guide he told me how the Russians had sent over some heavy equipment but most of that equipment (including farm equipment) had deteriorated and repair parts were almost impossible to get. Farm and heavy equipment lay dormant in the Cuban fields today.

          I have a feeling the artist is doing well with friends like our guide who would help promote his work.


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          • #95
            I’m not a smoker, but some friends are. Where we got them while in Cuba and how we got them back to the states.





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            • #96
              Lets not hide behind the facts Landreth, you Scum

              Current USA Strategic nuclear warheads: 1750

              Who's first Landreth...Thailand?

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              • #97
                Originally posted by Mr Tinkles View Post
                ….nobody ever reads his posts


                Originally posted by Mr Tinkles View Post
                Landreth,
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                • #98
                  What a f*cking Coward!

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                  • #99
                    Originally posted by Mr Tinkles View Post
                    ….nobody ever reads his posts


                    Originally posted by Mr Tinkles View Post
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                    • Found all of whatshername’s Cuban pictures from her samsung

                      More later: https://havana-club.com/en-ww/

                      Last edited by S Landreth; 08-09-2020, 06:07 AM.
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                      • Originally posted by S Landreth View Post
                        I’m not a smoker, but some friends are. Where we got them while in Cuba and how we got them back to the states.
                        Originally posted by S Landreth View Post

                        I forgot. It wasn’t any problem getting Cuban cigars back to the states from Cuba. I think at the time anyone traveling into the states could bring back as many Cuban cigars as they wanted for their use.

                        The problem I had was bringing Cuban cigars I purchased in Hong Kong back to the states. I would remove the bands and would place them in ziplock bags. Whatshername would bring the boxes and bands back in her luggage. Then I would distribute them to friends.

                        I told our guide that I want to purchase some cigars while in Cuba and she took me to a shop that only sold Cuban cigars and rum but I think they were only sold to Cubans. She told me to show her what I wanted and the amount I needed and she would get them for me. Later that evening she brought everything I wanted at a better price than what I would have had to pay at the shop if I was allowed to purchase them.

                        Originally posted by S Landreth View Post
                        Found all of whatshername’s Cuban pictures from her samsung


                        Back on track,………

                        Some of whatshernames pictures.

                        Our Cuban guide was great and knew how far she could push us. She was able to get us a table at El Cocinero (http://www.elcocinerocuba.com/en/) which is one of or was one of the most popular restaurants in Cuba. They refurbished an old cooking oil plant and modified it to a restaurant which was owned by a hand full of artists which the government held the majority of shares.

                        They did a great job refurbishing the building but even a better job with the food. Might be some of the best Cuban (prepared) food I had ever tasted and I grew up in Miami and was able to eat it often.

                        Little more about the food and OUR guests. It was nice. The food offered at this restaurant is something that the average Cuban cannot get. The Cuban government controls the fishing vessels but (some of) these fishing vessels will sell on the black market before they give their catch to the government.

                        Soooooo, the guide requested that she and the driver be allowed to sit with us for dinner. Of course we agreed. It was good company.

                        Some pictures of our meal are below. Besides the building itself the only picture I am sure of is the girlfriend’s mojito.






                        2nd set of pictures later.
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                        • I should be able to post the 2nd set of pictures today.

                          Until then….

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                          • Hope Biden is able to clean the mess IQ45 left behind……..
                            • Cuba opens up its economy to private businesses

                            Cuba has announced it will allow private businesses to operate in most sectors, in what is a major reform to its state-controlled economy.

                            Labour Minister Marta Elena Feito said the list of authorised activities had expanded from 127 to more than 2,000.

                            Only a minority of sectors would be reserved for the state, she said.

                            The communist country's economy has been hit hard by the pandemic and US sanctions introduced by the Trump administration.

                            Last year its economy shrank by 11% - its worst decline in almost three decades - and Cubans have been facing shortages of basic goods.

                            Ms Feito said just 124 economic activities would be exempt from private involvement although she did not mention which ones.

                            "That private work continues to develop, is the objective of this reform," Ms Feito was quoted by AFP as saying. She said the move would "help free the productive forces" of the private sector.

                            Experts on Cuba's tangled and complicated economy say the step essentially opens up almost all economic activity on the island to some form of private enterprise, the BBC's Will Grant in Havana says.

                            This will be a significant shot in the arm for those families and individuals who harbour hopes of moving beyond just the very small businesses into medium-sized ventures, he notes.

                            Apart from hundreds of thousands of small farms, Cuba's non-state sector is composed mainly of small private businesses run by artisans, taxi drivers and tradesmen. Around 600,000 people, around 13% of the workforce, joined the private sector when the opportunity arose.

                            However a large number of private businesses are involved in the island's tourist industry, which has been hard hit by the pandemic and sanctions.

                            Given how slowly reforms tend to move in Cuba, it may still be some time before the change is noticeable in daily economic life, our correspondent says.

                            Cuba placed back on US terrorism sponsor list

                            Some 60 years of hostility between the US and Cuba were eased in 2015 when then US President Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro agreed to normalise relations, allowing US citizens to visit the island and empowering local businesses.

                            But Obama's efforts were rolled back by his successor, President Donald Trump, with the support of hawkish Cuban-Americans who saw Mr Obama's historic opening as an appeasement of Castro's communist regime.

                            New US President Joe Biden - who was Barack Obama's vice-president - has previously signalled that he wants to improve US-Cuban relations but observers say it is not clear how high it might be on his priority list.: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-55967709


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