what I loved most about Cuba, there was no easy communication with the outside world - you have to buy your time online & then find a place with public WiFi. AND we chose to stay at an @airbnb in Cuba & got a TRUE feeling for the culture!
Day 5, 28 March in Vinales, Cuba. Caving in Vinales. We start the day with a typical breakfast spread seen in all our hostals/Casas Particulares - a huge plate or two of fruit (guava, mango, bananas, watermelon, pineapple etc), fruit juice (guava or mango usually), buns and/or toast, eggs/huevos (typically fried/frito, omelette/tortilla or scrambled/revuelto), served with some jam, ham, cheese or butter, sometimes yoghurt, and milk, tea and coffee. Definitely a good start to any day, every day! At our rest stop, we see a street performer as well as folks getting rides on water buffaloes. Next, lunch at Paladar La Pimienta (pepper) - it’s on Trip Advisor! - in order to avoid the peak period crunch. I had the fried pork chunks and we shared more flan. 😬 We finish and finally get to the cave, Cueva del Indio, which was quite popular and hence rather packed. We wait our turn to enter and to get onto a short boat ride in the lower part of the cave. A 30-45 min wait for a 15 min tour at best. Roberto, our guide did try to dissuade us from going but we decided to go anyways. Frankly, he was right; I’ve seen many larger, more fascinating caves elsewhere but if you have the time and like the dark, do drop by. And there are more water buffaloes to ride on your way out of the attraction as well as souvenirs to buy. #cuba#cubatravel#travelcuba#worldtraveler#worldtraveller#cuevodelindio#vinales#viñales#vinalescuba#waterbuffalo#cave#caves#casaparticular#cubanbreakfast#cubanfood#friedporkchunks#paladar#paladarlapimienta#flan#seetheworld#eattheworld#spelunking
A snapshot of Old Havana from MT Sobek Regional Specialist, Samantha Bromberg.
“Cuba is full of these amazing old cars they call 'yank tanks'. This one conveniently posed in front of some beautiful street art”.
Trip - Explore the Heart of Cuba
Walking the streets of Cuba on our first day, we stumbled across an old Chinese cemetery and the grounds keepers told us to come in and proceeded to Lead us down to the tombs below! Such an unexpected adventure! #expecttheunnexpected
This was the first day of distribution in Caibarien. We had arrived into town late that day but with the last bit of sunlight headed out.
Every time I go to Cuba my heart breaks. It's shattered into a million pieces from witnessing a country that could be in a different place if not for the constraints they have been forced to live under.. but just as much as I experience heartbreak I also come back more convinced that no matter what vamos a salir adelante. With dignity, with love and with respect.
La Bodeguita Del Medio was one of the very first stops on our trip - the home the Mojito! This spot is nestled in Old Havana and is known for being one of Ernest Hemingway’s favorite bars to snag a drink. So I’m sure you can understand why we prioritized this visit! This restaurant is deceiving in size - small bar opening onto the street with live music and people like us who were aching for a mojito, and a spacious restaurant in the back that was lined with images of famous guests and writing on the walls. Stay tuned for an Old Havana food guide, coming to the blog soon!