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  1. Leo
    Leo at | | Reply

    Thank you for your valuable insights on travelling to (and within) Cuba. Much appreciated. Cheers.

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  5. Diana
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    Hi Jo,

    My name is Diana and I will be visiting Cuba with my boyfriend at the beginning of April. We are in a frenzy of accommodation search 🙂 and I would like to ask you if you have any e-mail address of any of your hosts in the casas particulares you shared. Especially Aymeê from Casa Mirador la Colina.

    Thank you

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  9. Jeff
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    Actually, the phrase, “mi casa es su casa”, or simply, “es tu casa”, goes back at least as far as the conquest of Mexico by Spain. According to the memoir of Bernal Díaz, one of the original conquistadors, when Cortez arrived in the palace of Moctezuma the Aztec emperor said to him, “this is your house,” believing him to be Qetzeqatl, the Aztec god who was prophesied to return to claim the throne. However, if Díaz was merely paraphrasing Moctezuma substituting a common Spanish saying, it is more likely that the phrase originated with the period of Moorish rule in Spain as it is more characteristic of traditional Arab hospitality than Medieval Christian tradition.

  10. Cacinda Maloney
    Cacinda Maloney at | | Reply

    I loved this article about Cuba, I am dying to go! How long is sufficient time do you think? I wanted to take my hubby, but he doesn’t have too much time off right now, so do you think four day would be enough to just see Havana? Thursday to Sunday nights? holiday weekend via Mexico? or do we really need to have more time to enjoy it? I have a friend running tours there right now, as an educational tour, (ie the legal route) and she is charging almost $4920 a person based on double occupancy!! which I think is crazy and they are staying in a hotel, this for only 7 nights… anyway, I will check these places out!

  11. Anna
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    You always have such wonderfull tipps in your posts.
    Sadly, I have never been to Cuba (or South America in general). It’s just too far off for me.

    Enjoy the rest of your months long vacation!

    Take care

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