The name "Cuba," an abbreviation of the indigenous word Cubanacán, held sway. The island lies about ninety miles south of the Florida Keys.
Its western tip begins about 125 miles (210 kilometers) from Cancún and extends 750 miles (1,207 kilometers) east-southeast.
The capital is Havana on the northern coast of the western third of the island.
The second largest city is Santiago de Cuba in the province of Oriente, where the Roman Catholic archbishopric was established in the colonial era.
Cuban’s don’t have those – nor would they be caught dead in them.
She gave me her number and asked me to call her the next day. A sim card costs , and with the average monthly salary being , the home phone is the go to option.
I was pretty elated, not only did I score a phone number of a hot little salsa-ista, but I got to practice my Spanish over the next several days trying to call her house explaining to her mother that I am the romance her daughter.
I had heard of a wealthy Swiss guy taking a girl all over Cuba – but he had hired a car since taking the bus was out of the question. I hit up the Casa de Musica, to watch the Cubans do what they do best – dance – while watching gringos do what they do best – flail about hopelessly like wounded animals on the dance floor.
Cubans take one kind of bus, and tourists take another kind of bus. I had managed to make it through the night unscathed, thwarting off the girls dressed up asking if I wanted a “companera” when I met my first Cuban girl not working the bar for a customer for the night. She looked more Spanish, but one minute of dancing confirmed that she was in fact Cuban.