“You went to Cuba? I’m so jealous!”
Almost every American I’ve spoken to since our visit to Cuba has responded in the same way: with envy. Soon, though, it’s going to be much easier for US citizens to visit this Caribbean nation, with the lifting of the decades-old embargo.
We visited late last year with a couple of friends, and explored Havana and the eastern half of the island. We stayed in casas particulares and travelled in huge old American cars. We ate at hole-in-the-wall locals’ food stalls, drank rum and smoked cigars.
It was an experience like no other in a country that’s like no other: stopped in time in some respects, inching into the future in others. We found it frustrating, invigorating, interesting and welcoming, and we’re sure you’ll have a great time there when you travel to Cuba.
It was a beautiful day in Cienfuegos… An hour later, the heavens opened and we ran for shelter in a bus stop. Two bike taxis pulled up and offered us a lift into town, but promptly stopped under a petrol station awning to wait out the worst of the rain. We didn't get home any faster, but we did stay dry and have a great conversation with our drivers.
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