Step inside the magical machine. Close your eyes. Be patient, it will only take a minute or two. Its gonna be bumpy ride though. Keep your eyes closed. We have a touchdown. Step out.
Listen. Can you hear children playing and laughing? Roar of the old chevy? Band playing salsa music? People yelling in Spanish?
Smell. Take a deep breath. Can you sniff cigar smoke?Do you maybe smell fresh fruits?Scent of the sea caught in warm air?
See. Open your eyes. Observe young girls dancing salsa like its their birth gift. Watch the cigar smoke coming from an old man sitting on his porch relaxed, enjoying his moment. A group of young men chatting, while drinking Havana Club. Legendary oldtimers driving down the street of Havana Cuba. Your eyes stop and admire buildings from another world.
Taste. Open your mouth. Soak up fresh fruits juices. Ready for something stronger? White rum hits your senses like a hurricane, fresh mint gently touches your toung. It is Mojito, Cuban national cocktail 🙂
Yes, this is Cuba. It hits you in the face at first, but it really leaves an impression on you. You can feel the lightness of living, presence in the moment.Sometimes it feels like you are on a different planet.
Havana with its beautiful buildings, friendly people, old cars, seaside and night life really makes you wanna stay. Hop into an roofless old chevy and stroll down the Malecon drive for some breathing sights of the city. Move your hips on salsa beats and dance through the night.Light some cigars, they taste especially good with some Havana Club in your glass. Improve your spanish by talking to locals since they love to chat.
Don’t just stay in Havana, travel to the countryside. Vinjales left a big impression on me. It is a small town with colorful houses and beautiful nature. You won’t be bored there 🙂 As for the seaside I would recommend Guardalavaca. It has pristine white beaches and it is not so crowded with tourists. Oh, I almost forgot don’t miss time wrapped Trinidad, it is smaller than Havana, but equally or even more astonishing.
If my photos can help you imagine just a tiny part of Cuba then they have served their purpose 🙂