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再次證明以後旅行要買Lonely Planet！太多小景點是網上無法找到的，但Lonely Planet全部告訴你，真的值得買啦！（竟然從不愛Lonely Planet到現在大推😬）
P.S. 每次來西語國家都很感謝我爸當初堅決要我修西班牙文，但也恨自己沒認真練下去！（等下要買Rosetta stone）
(Came back home from Cuba, but having a bit of difficulty adjust to real life)
I’ve exhausted all of my Spanish vocabulary during this trip! On the first day we were supposed to buy internet card in the morning, but I spent most of the morning chatting with a local. Traveling makes me realize how small the world is. I met someone from Hong Kong who was roommate with my elementary school friend, a couple from the States, and a group of world travelers forms Taiwan, one of them is even from my hometown Tainan!
This Cuba trip was overall very smooth, except the minor hiccup with getting our visa that almost prevented my friend and I from meeting up in Havana. I used my limited Spanish to find food in the streets of Havana. We rode horses to a cavern and swam in there in Viñales. I tried my very first Cuban cigar. In Trinidad, we visited a place recommended by Lonely Planet to watch local kids play baseball. And so much more stories!!
Have collective car
To get around from cities to cities, other than buses (buy tickets online), the other option is a taxi that is similar to Uber Pool. It’s a door to door service, and your AirBnB host can call them for you.
Bring tissue and sanitizer
Believe me, you will need it, unless you only plan on staying at high end resorts.
Be sure to find out well ahead of your visit how to get the proper visa to enter Cuba. For me, a US Passport holder traveling from United States, I need to purchase visa at the gate before leaving for Cuba. For my friend, a Taiwan passport holder traveling from Europe, she needed to purchase the visa in European airport. The rules are very confusing and you don’t want a visa problem to ruin your trip!
Bring umbrellas and headlight/flashlight
These will come in handy when you visit the very dark cavern. Also our last night in Viñales there was a power outage due to heavy rain. Although the nightly dancing was cancelled because of weather, a city in the dark was another exciting experience.
This is especially useful in the internet-unstable Cuba. It’s like Waze, user input updates the map.me app. It even shows all the bus stops on the map.
Buy Lonely Planet ***not sponsored***
There are so many places that you can’t just google, but Lonely Planet has them. I haven’t been an avid Lonely Planet traveler, but not I’m a fan!
This is the first trip that I wrote such a long post for. Big thanks to unreliable internet. My friend and I talked about probably all the topics we could think of, serious ones and silly ones. My friend contributed to many of the above mentioned tips on our 9 hour bus ride. I lost my voice from all of our talking and laughing.
P. S. Every time I visit a Spanish speaking country, I’m grateful for my dad’s insistence that I study Spanish. At the same time I wish I had paid more attention in class. (Gonna buy Rosetta Stone later)
P. P. S. Please cherish life with LTE!
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