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Mar 07, 2018 12:00 AM To the Cuban Mogotes

To the Cuban Mogotes In Vinales, Pinar del Rio province you will find famous Cuban Mogotes from the UNESCO World Heritage list. I never been there so it was good opportunity to organize the day excursion from Havana. Tour offices offer such a tour for 67 CUC (convertibles pesos) - too much for the backpacker. You have a choice of Viazul bus (12 COC each way but difficult to book) or collectivo taxi, which will pick you up from your room - for 20 each way. I took collectivo. Already on approach to Vinales after 2,5 h drive you can see from the view point near Jasmine hotel the great panorama if the nice mountain range. Then you go down to the little town Vinales and can walk or rent a bike/horse to valleys.I went to Dos Hermanos. It was already 5.30 pm wgen I returned. Nice day - The Mogotes are worth a visit!

Mar 04, 2018 12:00 AM Destination - Cuba!

Destination - Cuba! In the morning our ship docked again in the port of Miami. With my light luggage I was one of the first passengers going ashore. Yes there is immigration control, but no customs, so the budget traveller can take with him all stuff from the ship - you know what I mean :) Bye, bye big ship!
Co- passenger was so nice to make the phone call to the shuttle company - I booked my transfer to FLL airport on internet (JiffyJeff) in advance. -Our black van is waiting on the left while you exit the terminal C. Yes, the black van was there and at 8.15 we were already driving with other passengers. They charge 15 USD, but I decided to go with them due to short connection time. By public transport it will take a lot of walking and around 3 hours...
Now I am in FLL airport waiting for the flight to Havana. I have been there for first time some 40 years ago - can you imagine? I expect many changes, but I do not expect internet access. So maybe the next message will be after few days from Mexico...

Mar 02, 2018 12:00 AM Cozumel - Yucatan

Cozumel - Yucatan Dear Friends
After Honduras and Belize our ship arrived today to Cozumel port on Yucatan Peninsula. The view of Cozumel from the ship you have on the picture. Everything goes well. Internet expensive... sorry. More soon...

Feb 27, 2018 12:00 AM Highest peak on Roatan?

Highest peak on Roatan? After day at sea our big boat arrived to Coxen Hole on the Roatan Island, which belongs to Honduras. Coxen was the pirate who had here his hideaway... Instead taking an expensive excursion I decided to climb the highest visible mountain Dixie Peak. Nobody was able to tell me if there is a nice view from the top.
The way uphill by bumpy countryside road was interesting because I saw there real life... The peak with radar and radio antennas is fenced, but friendly caretaker allowed me to go in and took some pictures.
My GPS showed there 245 m above the cea level.
Both sides of the island are visible from the top... But for the best view of your ship go rather to Spanish Town, where taxi drivers took all visitors... :)

Feb 25, 2018 12:00 AM Boarding the ship

Boarding the ship It is again sunny day on Florida. After a little ride around West Palm Beach we are driving to the Port of Miami. My ship is already waiting there... As you already know the internet connection from the ship is very expensive so be prepared that (maybe) the next message from me will be only one week later - unless I will find cheap internet access in the port. Ahoy!

Feb 24, 2018 12:00 AM Sunny Florida

Sunny Florida After 10-hours Norwegian flight from Oslo I landed in the evening in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It is not a huge airport, but I was waiting 1,5 hours in the line for immigration control. I like Americans, but sorry, dear friends it is shame on you! Every passenger in the line is paying on the top of his air ticket the extra fee for that procedure.
As a result it was already midnight when I reached the house of my friends.
Lovely sun woke me up in the morning. 26 deg Celsius! Flowers in blossom, light breeze from the ocean. After minus 6 deg in Gdansk it is like paradise... My friend gave me an interesting excursion through West Palm Beach and Palm Beach located on the long island. I liked most St Edward Catolic Church with its great inner decoration. In the Lantana suburb we had a chance to enjoy Street Paint Festival with few dozens of artists working on the open air (see picture). Lovely, relaxing day!

Feb 23, 2018 12:00 AM New expedition to America!

New expedition to America! I am setting off on a new journey! This time my route takes me to Central America and the USA. I waited until the last minute until the shipping company only five days before the departure of the ship from Miami offered half the price for a single passenger cabin. It was a va banque game, because if all the cabins had been previously sold, there would be no such option. The rest for the veteran of the world trails was already the proverbial pit. And so the plan of another lonely expedition was completed - see the map.
I will reach by ship new, unknown ports in Belize and Mexico, and after returning to Miami I will fly by cheap line to Havana to remind myself of what Cuba looks like 40 years after my first visit. Then another cheap airline will take me to Cancun on Yucatan. And from there, I plan to travel by buses all over the way to Los Angeles, California, stopping along the way in cities where I have not been yet. This bus route is almost 5000 kilometers long, so it will definitely be a challenge. And also a new great adventure! I will finally see Veracruz and the famous Olmek heads! I plan to return before Easter. Please, keep your fingers crossed for me!


Jan 03, 2018 12:00 AM From Moscow with love...

From Moscow with love... My last day in bright Moscow. To fly back to Kaliningrad on a cheap airline UTair I was forced to go to Vnukovo Airport. Moscow's subway is quite fast and efficient - I took the subway to the end of the red line - station Salaryevo. I took me 30 min on the subway to get there. Once out of the station I crossed the road - there is bus stop for the bus no. 911 going to Vnukovo airport. You need separate ticket for that city bus (55 roubles) so it is better to buy it in subway station (there are same ticket valid for subway and buses). After 15 minutes I have been already in front of the airport terminal.
At the entry first security check. I dismantle my little torch into 3 separate parts and I passed the screening without any problems. UTair has automated check-in stands, but they did not work... Line to the check-in desk... OK, I have the boarding pass. Now documents control... An the second security control: will they confiscate my torch? Ufff... It is OK! After an hour I was alderady on the plane - squeezed because little space for the legs... 1h 40 min flight. Sun in Kaliningrad! City bus to the bus/railway station goes every 40 min (80 roubles) Then I bought the ticket (540 rou) for the 2 pm bus to Gdansk. One hour waiting at the border - not to bad! I am happy to be back in Poland....

Jan 02, 2018 12:00 AM Moscow - New Year fever!

Moscow - New Year fever! Last evening I spent with my friends from SERVAS organization Katerina and Igor enjoying their tea, the cakes and honey, talking about everyday life, about travels and plans for the future. Very nice people and enjoyable evening! Then I was coming by foot to my hotel in the light... It is hard to find such a rich decorated city in the whole world. Almost at every subway station in the center you can find huge "2018" digits, along Tverskaya Boulevard there are few stages giving in the evening different shows for adults and kids. Everything to make the people happy, to convince them that everything goes well and it will be even better. Days are short so the unusual illumination could be appreciated most of the day... I wanted to go to Klin near Moscow to visit the Tchaykovsky house, but sorry it is closed for holiday. So I plan to take the metro to Sportivnaya station to visit Novodyevichy Monastery.

Jan 01, 2018 12:00 AM Red Square was empty at midnight, but....

Red Square was empty at midnight, but.... Yesterday I arrived to central Moscow at 5.30 pm expecting that I will be able to enter Red Square before the access will be limited. No way! Four police cordons isolated the square from the rest if the city. The square were perfectly cleaned up from the people. I got the message from police officer: the entry will be open from 6 pm, but only by invitations!
Bad luck! How to get the invitation? My knowledge of Russian helped me. Dima helped me. His friend did not arrive. He gave me this valuable envelope wishing me happy New Year! Long live Russian-Polish friendship! The ilumination of the square was just great. At 7.30 pm they started the show transmited by the first channel of Russian TV. Best Russian artists were singing one by one on the stage. There were also ballet an a lot of special effects... Fantastic!
But... They finished the show at 10.20. And surprisingly police started to push the people out of the square. They are very professional!
All crowd went around the government buildings to the new park on the hill -with a great view of the Kremlin and the river. There we were waiting till midnight to see the "salut" - that's how they call fireworks and to meet the new year. Happy New Year to Moscow and whole world!

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