(Heads up! As you’ll be aware if you follow me on social media, I’m actually in Japan at the moment – but I trust it won’t be too jarring for you to read this post regardless.)
I’m so excited to be sharing the first of many Cuba posts! Cuba has been on my dream destination list since I was a teenager. After failed attempts to visit in 2015 and 2016 with various pals, I finally made it there with Ryan in 2017. And hoo boy was it worth the wait..!
I think the popular idea of Cuba is a place of cigars and rum, joyful music, vintage cars, faded Hollywood glamour, and obviously, the long shadow of communism. In my experience not many places line up to the stereotype that surrounds them. Not the case with Cuba! It was everything I just described, but so so much more as well. Some of the most beautiful landscapes I’ve ever seen; incredibly welcoming people; resourceful and innovative crafts were just a few of the things I wasn’t expecting but made me fall in love with the country.
Our first stop was Havana. Havana is such an iconic destination! I was expecting colourful buildings, vintage cars, and very cheap rum. Let’s just say I got what I came for! Havana is a bustling city with busy marketplaces and noisy streets. But, there’s also a sense of calm and stillness that I wasn’t expecting. The warmth of the sun on your skin as you take a second cortado on the Plaza Vieja, or the joy of far-off music as you sit by the dock. After just a few hours there, that underlying peaceful quality seeps into you. I couldn’t believe how relaxed and calm I felt after just a few hours of walking around the town. The sense of contentment just seems to catch, I think. There’s so much more I’ve got to share about Havana and Cuba, but this serves as a good introduction. Can’t wait to show you more!