I have wanted to go to Cuba for years– possibly since I first saw The Buena Vista Social Club, and definitely since I first saw Dirty Dancing 2: Havana Nights. So when my mother and I were able to secure visas through her job, we were SO IN.
We just got back a week or two ago. Here’s some of what we saw in Havana:
I took a lot more photos than these, but this starts to give some sense. It’s a beautiful place but quite poor– it’s very different from anyplace else I have ever traveled, and it’s hard to sum up in a few lines. It was a little challenging to be a tourist there because the food is not what I’m accustomed to, and it is very hot (or at least it is in June). But really, really fascinating from a cultural and political perspective. I recommend going. Especially if you’re creepily obsessed with Hemingway, which I clearly am. I mean, I took photos of the man’s closet.