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.
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!
On our 2nd day of Cuba, after waking from a wonderful warm sweet rest, we walked through the streets of Havana.
As I type those previous words, I am still in unbelief. The words are on this virtual page; we walked the streets of Havana.
It happened. It was a real moment. We were there. It really happened? Yes.
The architecture of the city has markings and evidence of all its days. Some structures still have evidence of last night's party make-up still on. That tough opulent mascara is a pain to erase. Why erase it?
Other areas of the city are hungry for new and the word yes. Like the arts district. Full of new, unruly, seasoned but with a new spice.
The parks are filled with local life. The now. The news. The updates. The gossip. The friendship. The warmth.
We stayed out all day and watched the sun kiss all the areas of Havana, us included too!
We walked the streets of Havana.
Day One: Cuba
Our casa particular host offered to send a driver to pick us up. Expectedly he was running behind our arrival schedule given that it is pretty unpredictable how long it will take to actually go through all of the customs procedures at the airport.
His delay was well worth the wait. We had the ability to have our first experiences of Cuba. As soon as the airport doors opened, we could smell the sweet salty ocean air. We could hear the terms of endearment for family and loved ones greeting each other. We could see the bright colors, friendly greetings, and blue skies that adorn the airport. We could feel the tropical warmth on our skin and breathe it all in. What a moment.
In our travels, we have learned that part of the journey is recognizing the gift of time. Sometimes the gift of waiting appears in the space of waiting for the next moment. In this instance a lovely drive + walk through Cuba.
My advice to all that set out on a journey is to recognize the gift of Wait. Travel has its very own schedule and oftentimes it is out of our control. Enjoy the images! Come along with us to Cuba and enjoy the ride!
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