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FREELANCE photographer Liam Woolnough Liam Woolnough fell in love fell in love with the country - and a woman - when he visited Cuba...

A TRIP to Cuba is an experience of a lifetime! A country that is many ways similar to what life was like here back in the late 50s and early 60s, where family and being happy with what you have are the most important things.

From white sandy beaches, to the mountains, old 1950s American cars, very old Russian lorries, to horse drawn carriages, and very welcoming locals, not forgetting the cubalibres and mojitos either, this is a great place to unwind!

I was introduced to Maury, he owns a 1953 open top Chevy, and had a couple of trips out, one to Holguin the nearest city, and the other to the site of an old Indian village. Both trips were enjoyable and my guide was very knowledgeable and knows the area very well!

and knows the area very e hotel I stayed in was excellent, with nightly entertainment, including the most spectacular Water Ballet show, e hotel I stayed in was excellent, with nightly entertainment, including the most spectacular Water Ballet show, which was very skilful as well as entertaining; I for one was very impressed.

|One other thing to watch for is of course One other thing to watch for is of course watching the sun go down; unfortunately I never caught it on my camera, but I did catch the sun rising and this was impressive too!

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son forgetting up early over there is that they are ve Part of the reason forgetting up early over there is that they are ve hours behind us in the UK, so 6am was like hours behind us in the UK, so 6am was like getting up at 11am!

Would I go back? Well to be honest I met someone who is very special to me who is Cuban, and when I return in August we will get engaged! Having said that, even without my new "love" I would certainly want to return there, to meet up again with all of the locals who have become good friends, and to enjoy their hospitality!

I know people often grumble about the food in Cuba, well all I can say is that I eat better there than I do at home and I am on a gluten free diet!

e cost of living over there is very cheap compared to the UK, but then the wages are very low, most earn from PS12-PS18 a MONTH! e locals do get free rice and black beans every two weeks, but meat for them and toiletries can only be paid for with the "tourist currency" and not their own pesos. e houses range from wooden one room shack with a tin roof, to having concrete walls and roof, to being made of brick with tiled roof, all dependant on how fortunate they are!

What I did notice most of all, that everyone of the people I met had laughter lines by their eyes; while they may be poorer than us without the luxuries we take for granted, they certainly know how to be happy with whatever they have, and enjoy life, we could all learn a lot from them here in the West!

Cuban people are the most friendly and hospitable people I have ever had privilege of meeting!

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Geographic Code:5CUBA
Date:Aug 18, 2014
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