What is life like in Cuba?
Well for starters, you must have permission to visit Cuba if your from the United States. I won’t bore you with the logistics of obtaining a visa, health insurance, and itinerary to enter this beautiful time capsule of history. Lets get to the nitty gritty of Havana, Cuba.
Some may think of Cuba as a Latin country with people who resemble others from South America (fair skinned). Please do not make the mistake of mixing the two, Cubans will resent you for making such the assumption, because the largest Caribbean Island who’s association with the United States is African! Yes, you may watch the old sitcom show “LUCY” or remember the movie “Scarface” and assume all Cubans are fair skinned and macho? Well, Macho they are, but you have only scratched the surface of what United States under (Uncle Trump) would like to hide from us. From the time you step off the plane and on Cuban soil, you are greeted with the most exotic, beautifully shaped ,colored silhouettes of Cuban women ever! No makeup, bright smiles, beautiful eyes, and the patients as a lamb. Warning……you may get married if your single and looking! We will cover more on that in a later post, but lets get back to the Culture.
Food In Cuba…
Do not expect to walk to the corner store and pick up your favorite candy bar, or potato chips, your gonna be SOL. But you can purchase alcohol, cigars and water at these bodega type stops. There are NO fast food restaurants and most legit places to eat close early , so if your the type to eat late, you had better stock up early. I learned the hard way, but was pleasantly pleased with this all night bakery who only sold Pan (bread rolls) in which satisfied my hunger until the morning.
As for your selection of food, Pork is king! The taste of the fatty oink oink, is akin to no other, as this meat is so good, you would think it ate grass. The flavor is sensational and the way its prepared is old school Pitmaster style, slow roasted over a fire. The price of street Food is not that expensive , but can become pricey at sit down restaurants.
Travel Around Cuba
Taxi service can be found anywhere, and no meter to track your charge, so make sure you have cash! We were fortunate to have a friend in Cuba with an on demand service. Hint: Cuban people only make an average of $22 a month, and that is a Doctors salary! Being a taxi driver is a great means of making more than a doctor would , so you may find a doctor with many degrees driving you to your destination. We opted for a guide who was a doctor! You can rent a vehicle, but you should do so months in advance!
Take a piece of Cuba. Original Portrait of Taxi cab in Havana,Cuba . 34"x 34" taken by Charles Ramie of L3GACI.