Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Cuba vacation

Just got home from a week-long vacation in Cuba. Spent most of the time on the beach at the resort, but also ventured off the resort grounds for 2 days and explored some local villages, and the nearby city of Holguin.  Lots of old American cars, and plenty of bikes you don't see in Canada or the US.

What a terrific week. The resort was awesome in every way, the weather was great, and the people of Cuba are absolutely the nicest folks you'll ever meet. I plan on going back, but for 2 weeks next time!

'58 Opel Rekord

Lada 6-door stretch limousine hack job

off-roading with a rented Jilan 50cc scooter

The scooter rental cost $30 for the day

early 50's Dodge

a proud Cuban washing his pristine Suzuki GN125

I chatted with these guys as they fixed a leaky master brake cylinder
on this '52 Chev

Lots of Russian Lada vehicles, including the 4x4 Niva

an old BMW air head hack

Our taxi for the day was this '59 Plymouth. The original V8
engine died many years ago, and was retrofit with a 2.0 Litre diesel
 engine and gearbox from a Mistubishi pick-up truck. 

Lifan LF125F   - I believe these are a Chinese brand

Lots of horse-powered vehicles

My 9-year-old daughter was at the controls on some rural roads near the resort.
Of course, when in Cuba, just wear a poorly fitting helmet, shorts, and sneakers.

I also brought home some Cohiba Robusto cigars

 ... and some Montecristo IV