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Re: Trains in Cuba

PHeymont ·
Great question...and possibly not an easy clear answer. Cuba's trains have generally been in poor shape in recent years as older equipment has run down and spares not available. However, according to Mark Smith (The Man in Seat 61), that's changing with the arrival of a fleet of new Chinese-built locomotives. On his site ( Seat61.com ) he has an extensive update of recent changes in schedules, routes and locations (that's important because Havana's main station is closed for a 3-year...
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Re: Trains in Cuba

Wilbur's Travels ·
Thanks for the info. I too love Mark's site. I will try my damnedest to do a train journey if I can so I can send you details. Wilbur.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, September 1, 2014: Ganesh Utsav Celebration, Trinidad and Tobago

IslandMan ·
looks like a very colorful and interesting celebration....great pictures
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 23, 2014: Maracas Beach on a hot day, Trinidad

Travel Rob ·
Maracas beach looks great!I think of summer looking at those photos. Thanks for adding it to my ever expanding bucket list!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 23, 2014: Maracas Beach on a hot day, Trinidad

DrFumblefinger ·
It looks like an exotic and unspoiled tropical paradise... Agree with Rob. Another place to add to the future travel list! Thanks MTD.
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, February 2, 2015: The Steelpan - National Instrument of Trinidad & Tobago

MAD Travel Diaries ·
   Carnival season 2015 is in full swing. To the world Carnival may be most popular in Brazil, but Trinidad and Tobago has a massive celebration that may just be second biggest. The Carnival season starts immediately after the...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, April 6, 2015: Turtle Watching in Trinidad

MAD Travel Diaries ·
  I've been all over the world but never turtle watching in my own country. That was until last weekend when I got to get up close and personal and experience this natural wonder.   The main nesting season for sea turtles in Trinidad and...
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Carnival Celebrations in Trinidad & Tobago

MAD Travel Diaries ·
Carnival is an annual celebration of life found in many countries around the world. It first originated as a pagan festival in ancient Egypt which was subsequently celebrated by the Greeks and then the Romans. Carnival was later adopted by the Roman...
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Trinidad de Cuba

MAD Travel Diaries ·
Trinidad de Cuba seems frozen in time. That was my immediate reaction on arrival. That was my leaving thought after exploring it for a week too. It's difficult not to fall in love with such a enchanting and unique city especially after experiencing a...
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West Indian Parade in Brooklyn to draw 2 million

PHeymont ·
  Paraders pass the Brooklyn Museum           Photo: Fordmadoxfraud / Wikimedia   Brooklyn's annual Labor Day West Indian parade is New York's biggest parade, and possibly the largest single Carnival celebration in...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, September 1, 2014: Ganesh Utsav Celebration, Trinidad and Tobago

MAD Travel Diaries ·
For the average traveler, Hindu festival celebrations are usually associated with India only. But the reality isthat they are also celebrated wherever there are pockets of Hindus around the world too.Trinidad & Tobago is no exception as the population is almost 40% Indian, of which at least half is Hindu. Ganesh Utsav (or Ganesh Chaturthi) is currently being celebrated this time of year in the Hindu calendar. It is a festival in honour of the god Ganeshawho is...
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Visiting Lesser Known Kaieteur Falls, Guyana

MAD Travel Diaries ·
"Kaieteur Falls? Where is that?" "Do you mean Niagara Falls?" "No it's in Guyana" "Where?" "Why would you want to go somewhere no one's heard of? Choose Victoria Falls or Iguaçu, why go to a small waterfall?"   All typical...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, June 23, 2014: Maracas Beach on a hot day, Trinidad

MAD Travel Diaries ·
Maracas Beach is considered the jewel in the crown of Trinidad's many beaches. Unlike many of the northern beaches of Trinidad, Maracas Beach is protected by a deep bay and is even more picturesque by the backdrop of mountains. It is on the...
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Trains in Cuba

Wilbur's Travels ·
i know there are plenty of longish train journeys but does anybody know if there are any short (2hours max each way) return hops from Havana, Santiago or Trinidad?
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March 31, 2019: Fancy Fans in Trinidad, Cuba

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L brings us some unique fans from Trinidad, Cuba
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Trinidad, Cuba: a Beautiful Colonial Gem

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L takes us on a tour of Trinidad, Cuba, one of the oldest cities in the Americas
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Riding the Southwest Chief from Chicago to LA

Jonathan L ·
Riding the Southwest Chief from Chicago to LA give you the chance to see a lot of the country without having to drive.
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These countries offer visa-free travel, visa on arrival for Pakistanis

Aryaan Asad ·
Passport Index regularly releases the list of most powerful passports, and Singapore has ranked first with a score of 166 for the year 2018. The second spot, with 165 points each, is shared by Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Luxembourg, Norway, Netherlands, South Korea, and the US. Looking only at the subcontinent countries, we find the Indian passport to be the strongest, with 66 points, followed by Sri Lanka at 45 points. Bangladesh comes next with 44 points, while Pakistan's score is...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, February 2, 2015: The Steelpan - National Instrument of Trinidad & Tobago

DrFumblefinger ·
I have heard them, and they sound fantastic!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, February 2, 2015: The Steelpan - National Instrument of Trinidad & Tobago

PHeymont ·
Living as I do in Central Brooklyn, home of what's likely the largest-anywhere off-season (Labor Day) celebration of Carnival, I get to hear a lot of pan music, especially in August and early September...it's a great sound, and unfortunately sometimes drowned by the huge loudspeakers blasting out "commercial music" in the parade. But in the days and weeks before, and on the sides, it's wonderful. By the way, there's a real interesting history to pans--they developed in response to the...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, February 2, 2015: The Steelpan - National Instrument of Trinidad & Tobago

PortMoresby ·
Slightly off-topic, I once heard a steel band play classical music on accurately tuned instruments made for the purpose. I've looked but have never been able to find a recording of that ethereal sound. If anyone runs across one, please please let me know.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, February 2, 2015: The Steelpan - National Instrument of Trinidad & Tobago

MAD Travel Diaries ·
Originally Posted by PHeymont: Living as I do in Central Brooklyn, home of what's likely the largest-anywhere off-season (Labor Day) celebration of Carnival, I get to hear a lot of pan music, especially in August and early September...it's a great sound, and unfortunately sometimes drowned by the huge loudspeakers blasting out "commercial music" in the parade. But in the days and weeks before, and on the sides, it's wonderful. By the way, there's a real interesting history to pans--they...
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, February 2, 2015: The Steelpan - National Instrument of Trinidad & Tobago

PHeymont ·
For PortMoresby and everyone...Google "classical music on Steelpan" and you'll get a surprisingly large collection of hits, including this one, featuring a high school pan orchestra playing a Bach D-minor concerto:
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, February 2, 2015: The Steelpan - National Instrument of Trinidad & Tobago

PortMoresby ·
Many thanks, PHeymont. I did, in fact, google my heart out and gave up several years ago, thinking it hopeless. There was nothing, so this tells me there's now more out there and I'll look again. Cheers!
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Re: Trinidad, Cuba: a Beautiful Colonial Gem

GarryRF ·
Jonathan - Did you get a chance to taste the sugar cane ? There are some wonderful old railway lines serving the plantations with ancient rolling stock to be admired. I'll be back soon to take more pix.
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Re: Trinidad, Cuba: a Beautiful Colonial Gem

Jonathan L ·
I did not taste the cane on this trip, although I grew up with fresh cane for sale.at.corner bodega in NYC. I knew about the trains from a episode of "globetrekkers" on PBS, and would love to take it the next time I get here.
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Re: Riding the Southwest Chief from Chicago to LA

PHeymont ·
Thanks for the pointers! Since I'm about 6 weeks away from my first U.S. sleeper, I'm both excited...and a little worried about the 15" space...we'll see...maybe I should practice by sleeping UNDER my bed for a couple of days!
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First Light in Trinidad, Cuba

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L catches an early-morning impression in historic Trinidad
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Trinidad, Cuba

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L returns to one of the oldest European cities in the Americas and one of the most interesting in Cuba
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Roy Geddes Steel Pan Museum, Guyana

PHeymont ·
An unusual museum showcases the musical life and work of a musical master who is still living it
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