torek, 22. december 2015

Havana

[28. november 2015]
Začelo se je na polno. Po zajtrku sem počakal, da je prenehal dež, potem pa se odpravil. Najprej sem se s pospravljenim fotoaparatom sprehodil do Kapitola - zgolj za občutek in privajanje čutil. Turistični vodiči dejansko dobro predstavijo stanje - živahne ulice, klasični avtomobili, prodajalci na cesti … tu niso eksotika, tu je to vsakdan.

V Parque Central sem naredil prvih par slik in hkrati spoznal še eno značilnost - komunikativnost domačinov, ki so prijazni, a ti vedno nekaj ponujajo: časopis, cigarete, vožnjo s taksijem ali klasičnim avtom, privatne sobe … Večinoma sem jih brez odlašanja prijazno zavrnil, pregovoril pa me je en striček z bici-taksijem. Sicer vem, da sem ga preplačal (večinoma me je vozil po manj zanimivih ulicah, pa občasno ponujal, če se želim ustavit pri tej ali oni trgovini, baru … - gotovo so zmenjeni, da dobi provizijo), a mi je vseeno dal še en pogled na mesto. Pri Trgu revolucije sem se od njega poslovil.

Stolp pri spomeniku José Martíju je bil žal zaprt, sem pa pri vznožju srečal nemški par, s katerim se dogovorili, da se usedemo na turistični avtobus in v stari Havani poiščemo kosilo. Po pomoti smo jo udarili v napačno stran, tako da je tura trajala precej več časa, smo pa videli še jugozahodni del mesta. V starem mestnem jedru smo odkrili prijetno restavracijo z živo glasbo - Restaurant Europa. Hrana je bila okusna, sploh ne draga, glasbena in plesna spremljava pa odlična. Z Nemcema smo izmenjali naslove, potem pa odšli vsak po svoje. Naredil sem še sprehod čez nekaj trgov starega predela mesta (Havana Vieja) in lovil zadnje zdihljaje dneva na obalnem sprehajališču Malecón. Že skoraj po temi sem se kar peš (rekreacija pa take fore) vrnil do prenočišča. Dovolj bo. Bil je pester in zanimiv dan.



Havana, Day 1

[November 28th, 2015]
It started actively. To warm up I took a walk with my camera stored in the backpack - just to observe and get an impression. Tourist guides actually describe it pretty well: lively streets, classic cars, street vending ... This is not exotics here, it's a daily routine.

In Parque Central I took the first few photos and immediately got to know the well-known characteristic of Cuban people - they are communicative and friendly but almost always try to sell you something from cigars to a ride with taxi/classic car or offer you accommodation. Most of the time I just politely turned them down, until some bici-taxi driver convinced me. I definitely overpaid (we were driving trough a less interesting area and now or then he offered me to stop at a shop, restaurant ... - he probably gets a commission) but it gave me another view of the city. At the Plaza de la Revolucíon (Revolution Square) I said goodbye and continued on my own.

The José Martí monument was unfortunately closed (the view from above ought to be nice). I met a couple from Germany and we agreed to take a bus-tour bus and have lunch in Habana Vieja (old-town Havana). We managed to get on the bus going in the opposite direction so it was a long tour (it goes circular) but thanks to this mistake we have seen the south-west part of the city as well. At the Obispo street we found a pleasant restaurant with live music (Restaurant Europa). The food was good, not expensive at all, and the ambient (music and dancing) great. After exchanging contacts I parted from the Germans and then took a short walk across Habana Vieja. Dusk was already turning into night when I left the Malecón sea drive and headed back to casa. Enough for today. It was a diverse and interesting day.

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