For three weeks in July 2015 I made my way through Cuba, the Caribbean island stuck in time. It was an absolute whirlwind, and perhaps the first time I’ve really felt culture shock. Here are some photos of my trip.
The Malecón in Havana, looking toward Habana Vieja and El Castillo de Los Tres Reyes del Morro
The Malecón in Havana, looking toward El Vedado
Centro Habana. Look at dem cars!
El Castillo de Los Tres Reyes del Morro
Loved these trees. Constantly thinking: where am I??
Chinatown in Habana
Chinatown in Habana
Propaganda in Cienfuegos
We took horses out to a waterfall and it was nice.
We went to the beach and it was pretty neat. Playa Ancon near Trinidad.
Enjoying some fine cuban cigars.
Propaganda in the bus station, Santa Clara
Cemetery in Camagüey
Holguín after sunset
A dude playing a bunch of instruments and occasionally making the puppet on his shoulders drink, Holguín.
These wonderful people sang and played all kinds of traditional cuban music for us, Holguín.
The big hill in Holguín.
Little beach in Gibara
More propaganda juxtaposed by a building with no roof
Cemetery overlooking Gibara and the ocean
We had this view for our delicious fish lunch, Gibara.
Gibara. So pretty.
Fidel, Raúl, and Chavez - we love you, we follow you, we remember you. Baracoa.
Lines like this are everywhere. I think this might have been for a bank, or maybe somebody got in a shipment of eggs or something. Baracoa
These are called camiones and it's how cubans get around. They're basically military transport vehicles from the war. Super cheap, not super comfortable.
Baracoa, with El Yunque in the background
We met some painters and talked with them for awhile in their house.
The best meal of the trip, grilled fish with a coconut milk sauce. MMMMMmmmmm. With my friend Anna.
El Yunque, we're gonna climb that thing!
View from the top of El Yunque, looking over Baracoa!
After descending el yunque we walked to a waterfall and walked through a tropical paradise
Going down to the river in front of the waterfall.
Somebody lives here, in the middle of nowhere, below el yunque and right next to the waterfall. wow
The waterfall and swimming pool next to El Yunque
Looking back up at El Yunque
Santiago de Cuba
I was in Santiago de Cuba for the city's 500th anniversary AND it just so happened to coincide with carnaval. There was a huge fireworks show over the ocean that I watched from the rooftop of the house I was staying in. Did you know that they have fireworks now that make happy faces?? Neither did I! How does Cuba have better fireworks than the US?
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