skinster wrote:In the book I bought about Cuba, it taught me how huge bike-use is in Cuba and that made me so happy. I plan to visit in the upcoming weeks/months. I dunno how much it'd cost to take my bike over, figured I'd just hire bikes when out there.
I've also heard from two women I trust that Cuba is a safe place to travel alone as a lady.
It's better to bring your own bike because the locals have mainly Amsterdam-style beaters that can't necessarily go fast or far. From Montreal, it only costs between 30 dollars (one time) to 60 dollars to bring your own.
Also, bring your own tools and patches and extra tools. If you have any left, give them to a local ponchero or bike mechanic. Also, tie-wraps are like gold here.
Not sure about a woman travelling alone in Cuba by bike. You mostly see men on bikes. I saw more women on horses or driving horse-drawn carriages.
Also, I went to Holguin which is farm country (Oriente). People say Hola to one another as they pass on the street. And people are always helping one another and it's virtually impossible to be lonely because the streets are full of people (walking, biking, riding) instead of hermetically-sealed cars. The food is all organic and no GMO - it tastes great and fills you up fast. There is a smell of horse that pervades the air, but after a few days, you don't notice it. And now that I'm back, I miss that smell. Smells like team spirit
- for real.
I actually cried (alone on my bike) three times when I was there because of the beauty of the people and their social organization.
Now that I'm back, I'm finding it hard to get used to how paranoid and mean-spiritied consumer society makes us. Fat people in SUVs, skinny phone-watchers eating alone, lack of cooperation or group discussion. We're pretty sad, from a social point of view - especially our suburbanites.
Stormsmith wrote:What i admire about Cuba is how much they have achieved to better the lives of Cubans on a threadbare shoe string budget.
Well, housing, food, education and health care are basically free. And for everything else, you have to use your mind instead of your credit card. This seems ideal and sustainable to me.
"a nation of passive Eichmanns, who sit in their living rooms, popping pills and watching television as their country’s military machine mows down people by the millions"
- Jim Garrison, 1969