Cuba

Songs for the Road No. 6: A Soundtrack for a Cuban Roadtrip

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I wasn’t always interested in Afro-Latin music. In fact, as a kid, I used to dread Sunday afternoons when my parents would listen to a Latin music program on the local public radio jazz station that went on for hours. But fortunately, time brought me an expansion of tastes, and several years ago, I had […]

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Photo Essay: Plants and Landscapes in Soroa and Viñales

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When it comes to photography, plants are often my favorite subjects to capture. In the countryside and nature of Western Cuba, there were plenty of opportunities for me to indulge in this passion: It was incredibly hot and humid, but with this kind of scenery, we barely noticed. A mango tree. I love the way […]

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Onward to the Viñales Valley

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We spent the morning thoroughly exploring Old Havana and before heading west to the town of Viñales.  As we left the city behind and traveled a long, lonely stretch of highway in silence, our hearts and minds sunk further into Cuba. So much of the landscape of the Cuban countryside is unaffected by human alteration […]

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Photo Essay: Colors and Crumbling in Havana

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While Havana didn’t always feel like I imagined it would feel, I found it to be one of those rare places that looked the same in real life as it did in pictures. There were the groups gathered on the Malecón to socialize, grand hotels that probably held interesting stories of opulence and indulgence in […]

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Exploring Havana and Settling into Cuba

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I know this will send my indie traveler cred tumbling down, but I have a confession to make: I traveled with a tour group in Cuba. The tour was just about a week long, had only six other members who were also backpackers, and left me with my days free to do whatever I wanted […]

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You Think You Know, But You Have No Idea: First Day Perspectives on Cuba

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This was it. I’d flown over it before in the darkness, excited to simply be hovering over it, wondering what about the island was so simultaneously amazing and awful. This time I would actually be landing there. After a strange and unnerving entry process, I was welcomed into the country with a smile. An arm […]

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Traveler Revival in Cuba

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I’ll admit it… I can be a jaded traveler. While everyone is oo-ing and ah-ing at some big sight or monument, I am sometimes the one standing in the back comparing it to something I saw before, that in my mind was better. I don’t  think jadedness is always a bad thing. I wouldn’t trade […]

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