I’m overwhelmed and honored to say that my writing about traveling to Cuba has been recognized by FlightNetwork.com! Check out the article about the World’s Best once-in-a-lifetime Journeys for 2018 that just went live. I’m featured on the Judges page among esteemed global travel writers like National Geographic, Forbes, and USA TODAY!
I also wanted to share with you some unpublished pictures and unseen video from Havana and Matanzas, Cuba. Enjoy!
I’m a sucker for a classic car in hot pink! Our guide introduced Drew and I to the local escuela community, and Havana’s deep ties to artistic Afro-Cuban expression and Santeria. We met this fantastic man JuanCarlos at a random cafe in Habana Vieja. He’s been to Silicon Valley and said the invitation was open for us to stay with him at his home in San Jose, Costa Rica! We’re tracking you down and taking you up on that offer JC.
Soooo many cats roaming in and around Havana. They’re super friendly and chill! My tabby cat in San Francisco, CA is much more plump and is kind of a big domesticated jerk!
There’s no denying the rich history and complicated political dissonance that deeply impact the people of Cuba. This mural was painted in recognition of the late Fidel Castro when he was freed from prison during the 26th of July movement. One of the best snacks I have ever had! Fried chickpeas in the town of Matanzas–– a community which was virtually untouched by tourists when we stopped by. Bookmaking still done by hand in Matanzas for more than 100 years!
Drew was called a Viking by the artist who drew this up while we ate dinner and listened to music al fresco. Delicioso camarones y aguacate fresco anyone?! Yes please. Por supuesto! This is just one of several great artwork exhibits I was in awe of at La Fábrica de Arte Cubano. A must see! The breathtaking view from the highway between Havana and Varadero!
A lovely woman near the Mayabeque province lent us her lighter for those strong Cuban cigarettes. It was a beautiful design!