Havana

Take Me Back to Old Havana

Cuba

I recently came across this wonderfully honest and beautiful video of scenes from Old Havana. It unexpectedly made me feel like I was in Havana again. It captures what a visit to the city is all about. The main thing to see there is everyday living as is — the resourcefulness and creative solutions, lots […]

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Photo Essay: Final Thoughts on Cuba and Portraits from Havana

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It was our last day as a group; we’d all be heading in different directions the next day or the day after. We’d recently been strangers, but now we’d shared an insane and insanely amazing week and a half together. When we got back to the city, the six of us who were left commemorated […]

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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

Cuba

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

Cuba

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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