Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Manik && Blogging

So why did I start doing this? I hate blogging. I don't have the time to blog. I can't write. I blog enough about work-related stuff as it is.

So okay, I'm halfway there with the work-related blogging, but thought that I actually did have a few interesting thoughts and opinions to share - stuff I pompously think that you, Joe Schmoe, would actually be interested in reading. What would I blog about? Well, I'd leave most of the technology that interests me to my most excellent and well esteemed JBoss Cache blog, and instead focus on travel, politics, rubbish, my opinions on all of the above, and the bits of technology that interests me and doesn't fit in any of the above categories.

Ok, so the real reason is that I was pissed off that no one had any definitive advice on travel in Cuba and I learned a lot the hard way, and wanted to share. OK??? There you go. :)

So, read on - I dare you!


JAM said...


Thanks for taking the time to write up your findings on Cuba. It is very much appreciated. We are travelling to Cuba at the end of May. We are also having trouble finding out info. We are looking at the option of doing a tour for a week to get started and then freedom travelling for the remaining two weeks. How did you travelling around Cuba? Would you recommend doing a tour to make things easier? We are from NZ in our 30's and use to travelling. We do not want to stay in 5 star all inclusive resorts, but we don't want to rough it either.

Thanks for your help

Manik Surtani said...

Hi Jeanette

Glad you find my ramblings of use. :-)

Personally I hate tours, but in Cuba you'll find that you often don't have a choice. We tried hiking around the Sierra del Escambray mountains (a national park) in central Cuba and there was just no way we could get a hold of a map of the mountains. We ended up joining a day-tour which included transport to the park, and some clueless guide who just walked down a pretty easy-to-follow path.

We probably did get our money's worth though, since the tour did include a big lunch and transport between the park and Cienfuegos, but all things considered I would have very much preferred to do it on my own.

Anyway, I would think that if you are happy to stay in casas particulares, and can speak a little bit of Spanish, I'd recommend just picking the towns you want to see, book yourself on Viazul intercity buses, and wing it when it comes to finding places to stay. There are always plenty available, and it's much more fun this way.

You can then join day tours from each city to travel around and do stuff.

I would very strongly recommend learning Spanish though. Even a "travelling Spanish" course for a couple of weeks can prove infinitely useful.

Good luck!

SouthernHummingbird said...

Oh well, you shouldn't hate writing. You are good, and easy to understand, so keep on doing your good work.