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The death of our Queen has sent waves of sadness to most corners of the globe but not to Cuba. It has not been mentioned here and this makes me feel strangely disconnected. Communication with the outside world is a struggle at the best of times. I queued 6 times to get a local SIM card for my phone and eventually I managed to trade 2 tubs of powdered milk I had brought with me for a precious SIM. Even so WIFi is scarce and loading the BBC News app takes an enormous amount of my data. So my news from home is sketchy. It is strange how the loss of someone I never met, but had known my whole life, has affected me so profoundly and the inability to share my thoughts and sentiments with my peers makes it so much worse. This year has been a year of…

Plane Jayne When I started writing this blog a few years ago I thought ‘How not to have a Midlife Crisis’ was a great title. However now, at the age of 57, it is hard to kid myself, or anyone else, that my desire to head off every year, armed with a case of mosquito repellent, is some form of Midlife anything. The truth is I am beyond midlife (sadly) but I still love travelling. That is why I found myself on Saturday in the departure lounge at Gatwick once again, before catching planes to Madrid and then on to Havana, Cuba. So this is a big Hello from Havana, home of the cigar, rum and Salsa. So far I have seen plenty of all three amongst the crumbling relics of what once was a beautiful city. The people are incredibly friendly and the rum is flowing but don’t come…