For Americans, Cuba has been off limits for tourism purposes, due to the political relationship, dating back to the Cold War. But thanks to Former President Obama, the doors are now open for Americans to travel to Cuba. But do your research. You have to fall into 1 of 12 categories to travel there. For me, it was an opportunity to learn more about the culture and experience life in a country that’s void of many of the modern technologies that we take for granted. And, of course, Havana is famous for its vintage cars, which they definitely use to their advantage, when soliciting tourists for tours. But I’m not going to lie, seeing all those cars are pretty amazing, especially when coupled with the architecture, old buildings and pastel colors of the buildings. It’s like you’re thrown back in time.
My friend and I stayed at a Casa Particulares, through AirBNB. It was in the Old Havana area and the streets were pretty sketchy, but only at night. During the day, everyone was out chilling on their stoop chatting it up with their neighbors. I really need to brush up on my Spanish!
Overall, it was a very interesting experience. And I’m glad that went before the big American tourist rush and the city becomes overrun with chain hotels. I’d like to go back, again, before the hotels start moving in.
You can see the full gallery of all the photos HERE.