During our last moments in Havana, I found that I spent much of my time looking, observing, and capturing with my camera. Taking mental visual notes with each click of the button. Wanting to document everything that caused me to gasp from the beauty that surrounded us. Fresh flowers, delicious coffee, fine collectibles, classic architecture, and a sunny breezy day in the tropics.
This visit was truly a dream come true to experience Cuba. I am not sure if I’ll ever have the opportunity to head back. I think these two thoughts often. Grateful for the opportunity to experience the new, and hopeful to return one day.
The last part of the road trip through Costa Rica was also the saddest and shortest. We had stayed the last few nights just a short distance from the airport at a beautiful eco-friendly resort in the heart of a coffee farm.
We left the farm after a great breakfast and took our time traveling through the residential areas near the airport. Bright colorful homes, busy intersections with commerce, and people working diligently at the height of the morning.
We were taking it all in. Breathing and photographing our last images of Costa Rica and emotionally processing the beauty and kindness of Costa Rica.
How is this possible? To have another day in Cuba? New experiences. Fresh tropical air. Friendly journeys.
We started out early one morning for a road trip out of Havana and into tobacco farms. Took a drive past some of the most beautiful historical landmarks of Havana. If those walls could talk, I am sure we would have heard of the struggle and the glamour that has taken place over the years. Our driver stopped for a break at a roadside cafe where we got to meet a few furry friends. We explored the very summit of Cuba as well as rode a horse through the countryside. The farmers took a break from their busy day to tell us how they grow tobacco for the world famous Cuban cigars, and we even had the opportunity of rolling our own cigar while sipping the local honey and rum. It was a full day. An unforgettable day. A day that makes you happy to be alive!
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