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Old 03-25-2013, 08:57 AM   #1051
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DANG dood! Sorry to hear but glad you were in a place where you could get good help quickly!

Here's to your quick and complete healing and continued well being to you both.

Warmest regards from way up north, Mark H.
Heya Mark, thanks for your kind words mate, awesome.

Luckily we were in a good spot for help and a bus driver who went beyond his call of duty, the streets there are built for horse and cart not 12 metres buses.!!!

Got ya ice studs in the duc?
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Old 03-25-2013, 08:58 AM   #1052
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Don't think I got to Tekapo at all last year. My riding buddies have stood me up. They decided they would sooner go travelling overseas for a year or two.
Bastids!!

We know where they are too ... I will sort em out!!!
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:01 AM   #1053
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good to hear u recoverd ok, look forward to the next stage, bet you were missing the mighty ktm!
Yeap, took five days to balance up again so pretty nasty really, thankfully over it now.

Biggest bumma was missing out on Pina Coladas and Lobster meals where they are the cheapest in the world but that is life ... coulda been worse and had bad weather as as well ...actually coming to think of it it was raining
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:03 AM   #1054
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You know if it wasn't for bad luck you fookers wouldn't have any luck at all!!!!

Are you two 100% sure that your not Irish ?
Yeah are gonna try and change this ..... think my heritage is what it used to be .. might have to check now
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:04 AM   #1055
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Hope he ain't too picky about the ceiling, I burned my only sander yesterday.
You ruff bugga .. as long as as room is ok we are not worried, sounds like you are doing major work there bro.
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:07 AM   #1056
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Hi Ellen and Andi

Thank you for a pleasant visit yesterday, and for making the world a smaller place. You have made an unexpected and positive contribution to our trip to Playa del Carmen (even though the kids were a little dissapointed that Andi didn't look anything like a character from "Lord of the rings" (well at least not one of the good ones ))

And to make a little contribution to the RR, i can tell you that Andis appetite has come back, which he lost in "The Cuban incidence".
No leftovers despite of my limited cooking-skills.

Greetings from the whole family!
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:15 AM   #1057
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Cuba - Day 14 - Ciego De Avila To Santa Clara

We managed to get into a hotel at 12.15 am after getting out of the hospital, they were not going to let me go unless I could walk by myself, Ellen got me a Lemonade fresco loaded with sugar so I downed that 1/2 hour before and that was my saving grace. Also thanks Tony gave us the Hotel Santiago Habana in town which we know we can stay there.

They (the doctors) said I need rest and sleep and that was NOT going to happen in the hospital with people coughing, weazing and yelling in Spanish as well and coming up to me every half hour and prodding me to see if I was sleeping!!!!

So I bluffed my way out of hospital and got to the hotel knowing it would be 10 - 15 minutes of torment before being able to rest peacefully and sleep in which I desperately needed.

Check out was 12 noon and we got ours extended till 1.30 pm so I stayed in bed till 1.00pm .... man I was knackered.

Down to the bus station to catch the next bus we used my sick day (don't want to use annual leave ) ((forgot we don't have any )) to keep our timing, very uncomfortable to say the least but you can’t halt progress.

The funny thing at the hospital they gave me nothing for pain ... WTF, they either thought I was tuff or thick

Not many photos in this report ... you have seen enough dead Andi photos and herd enough whining ..... onwards to the next day

We did however go out for tea in Santa Clara or at least Ellen did and I tagged along ... mine was the bowl or rice, Ellens was the lobster salad and Mojitto .

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Old 03-25-2013, 09:19 AM   #1058
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Hi Ellen and Andi

Thank you for a pleasant visit yesterday, and for making the world a smaller place. You have made an unexpected and positive contribution to our trip to Playa del Carmen (even though the kids were a little dissapointed that Andi didn't look anything like a character from "Lord of the rings" (well at least not one of the good ones ))

And to make a little contribution to the RR, i can tell you that Andis appetite has come back, which he lost in "The Cuban incidence".
No leftovers despite of my limited cooking-skills.

Greetings from the whole family!
With a warm welcome, nice fud, good company we certainly enjoyed ourselves too.

Sorry about the Lord Of The Rings thing ... if it makes any difference I had a shave this morning
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Old 03-25-2013, 12:52 PM   #1059
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Hi Andy and Ellen, I'm happy to hear you are upright again Andy. That's nasty shit. The pain will make much more memorable and you will recognize it earlier next time.
More beautiful pics please, Cuba was epic.
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Old 03-25-2013, 02:33 PM   #1060
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That's nasty shit. The pain will make much more memorable and you will recognize it earlier next time.
Mate that is for sure .. was not a happy chap!

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As requested !!
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Old 03-25-2013, 02:55 PM   #1061
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Cuba - Day 15 - Sanata Clara To Varadero

An early start of 6.30am for breaky ... I was not very hungry but ate a small amount to get some energy.

As usual the bus was somewhere in the middle for timing, we got our tickets which you can only buy the hour before and we were off, me holding my guts over the cuban potholed road.

Varadero was meant to be our sunshine, relax, lobster and Pina Colada drinking two day tourist stop .... FAIL.

We arrived and it was raining ... sometimes shit just does not work out despite your best efforts but you know what we were there and almost in one piece.



Still time to forge a grin



Walking down to the beach it was deserted with winds and rain, the surf was up but not very inviting



Ellen bought some new bikinis cos her old ones were shagged and fell off quite a bit exposing asian boobies to unsuspecting onlookers, these are genuine made in Cuba so we did our best to support their economy

She had to try them out but wasn't totally enthused



It was cold



Walking back through town we stopped at some craft shops, there are some real talented people out there making cool stuff our of waste





The cigar shop had a dude making them in front of us, he was very good at it



With my exit bodily functions still havin a go we went to the diving school to see if Ellen could do a dive (while I am crook) but the sea was too rough and all diving was cancelled for 3 days ... walking back through to the main street I spotted this .. I wasn't sure if this was a sign or a "sign"



Finishing up that evening we went to a small restaurant with a two for one lobster deal, I had a Pina Colada sans rum , Ellen had a Mojitto and a feed, again I ordered simple rice with some veges with the smaller tail of lobster so I didn't dip out but to be fair I chewed on it not really enjoying it from feeling uneasy (note sign above)



My drink ... kinda cool eh



Back to the casa it was time to turn the lights on...



An early night was had to try and recharge.
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Old 03-25-2013, 03:22 PM   #1062
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Cuba - Day 16 - Varadero Tourist Day

Another rest day for me at least, still feeling sick and the back end still going strong we went to the medical centre again, they stabbed me with a needle the size of a lamppost in my right bum cheek and gave me some more heavy drugs and emptied the pocket for $108 dollars.

That afternoon we took a two door 55 Chevy out to the end of the spit and back as the double decker bus was chocker every time we saw it so today was treat day.

Lady Ellen Delis



55 Bel Air



Sir and Madam bodgies ... just need a fag packet rolled up in my sleeve to complete that picture.



Three of us in the car



Saweet!!



We stopped at an old building which was summer house for someone rich from yesteryear ... my memories lost the name



A view down the ocean front with me doing my garden gnome impression



The driver is great guy and stuck to his quoted price, I felt like giving him a tip for being straight up but being straight up should be normal and we had already paid very fairly.

Arriving back in town we wandered into the park for a look and a lite lunch, check out the colour of the water



On our walk later in the afternoon I spotted and old BSA which was cool as you just don’t see any (many) British bikes here.





Fuel Injection with a high flow stealth filter



Cool covers





I took some photos as it was just parked in the parking lot, there was a guy milling around, he didn’t say anything and let me take photos, I was just about to leave THEN he asked for $1.00 CUC (dollar), I said I have no money, he made me empty my pockets which was a glasses cleaning rag in one and dunnie paper in the other and he wasn’t interested in the dunnie paper cos I offered it to him quite forcefully which he DIDN’T like so they don’t like it when you do it to them but it is ok for them to harass you???? I don’t even think he was the owner as he had a taxi that he was milling around in.

Anyway, I still have my photos and dunnie paper and my $1.00 CUC to blow on something else ..... probably more dunnie paper.

Finishing up for the evening we ate in at the Casa having Lobster to sign out from Varadero in style, for once in my eating career I could not finish mine so I gave it to Ellen.

As usual we were quoted $10 CUC for the both of us and when it came to paying the price had doubled, this time we stuck to our guns and said no that was not what was agreed and she backed down, every time is a mission and you get worn down by having to hold your wallet hard as they sneakily add more in here and there pretty much ALWAYS.

It does take the shine off the place when this happens day in day out.
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:34 PM   #1063
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Ellen bought some new bikinis cos her old ones were shagged and fell off quite a bit exposing asian boobies to unsuspecting onlookers
If I had been an onlooker, it wouldn't have been a problem!

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My drink ... kinda cool eh


But who's that HOLDING your drink? Mate, that last round of guts ache looks like it robbed you of about 10 kgs!!!!
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Old 03-25-2013, 04:43 PM   #1064
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Back to the casa it was time to turn the lights on...

Looks to me like the painting and electrical work stoop to same low standards! Incredible!
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:02 PM   #1065
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Cuba - Day 17 - Varadero To Habana To Vinales

Early start of 6.30 am .... again!!, our Casa host to be honest was not that friendly and didn’t seem to keen to help us despite it being the most expensive place we stayed in Cuba, she gave a us an alarm clock to use which didn’t work, luckily Ellen woke at 6.40 am so we still made it to the bus.

Our trip up to Habana was nice along the sea front with mum nature whipping up the sea with big winds from the weather system from the US.

A bit of a wait in Habana we walked around in town for a while and got water etc for our next part of the trip to Vinales.

Along the way we stopped at a small eating place with a Tobaco fame beside it so being nosey we had a look through ... as ya do.





Coming down into Vinales you come through a narrow winding road then kinda pop out at the head of the valley into the steep mountainous area and quite spectacular, these shot from the bus so not very clear





Arriving in Vinales we were greeted by our Casa host’s daughter, the Casa was recommended by a girl we met in the bus station and a good recommendation it was too we were warmly welcomed in.



Arriving at our casa they showed us to our room ..... it looked like a 1970's porn room with orange bed spreeds, all walls curtained and a luve heart bedhead with a mirror .... c h o i c e



Before we settled in and the sun went down we took a walk into town and booked a bike tour around the local area.

Phones ... something you don't see anywhere else



This is a local bus, V8 powered Russian truck, it sounded very throaty and quite awesome for a bus, not entirely sure why they need a 6 wheel drive machine for town but maybe they know something we don't

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