Cuba, exciting, Cuba!

First three one letter expressions of what I thought of Cuba are:

  • Great!
  • Music!
  • Safety!

I had a Great time in Cuba and would visit again in a heartbeat.  One of the reasons for this were the classic cars which we see on TV, or as Cubans call them, American cars.  I had always wanted to visit Cuba to see these cars before the country was too developed to have brand new cars.  There are two types of American cars: the ones for tourists and the ones for personal use by locals.  The tourist ones are spic and span, while the local ones look like they need quite a bit of TLC.

Tourist cars

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Local cars

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I also go to see the old buildings which were built to last fourteen millennia in mind, I thought.  These are really strong buildings because they are still standing even with minimal or no maintenance.

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Oh, they have their own Capitol Building as well, though it was under renovation.

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I love live Music and could not believe how much there was everywhere, not only in Havana but elsewhere.  Most of the tourists I met concluded that all Cubans have musical talents in their genes.  I believe it!

An almost all-female band in Vinales, a town outside Havana who are very good musicians.  The highlight for me was the young lady playing the trumpet.

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I treated myself to a dinner concert by Buena Vista Social Club, a group that consists of people who are in their eighties down to those in their twenties.  I particularly liked one elderly man, in the photo below, who seemed to be in his eighties.  I wondered why they brought him on since he looked fragile, until I heard him sing and saw his energy when performing.  True, he was not sturdy, but his energy was electric – he has been performing since the fifties after all.

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Havana is very Safe, whether you be male or female.  You can walk alone any time of day or night.  Nobody bothers you.  Instead Cubans are very helpful and will offer to walk you somewhere if they think you are lost, with no exchange of money.  A tour guide summed it up well when she said “We have to be friendly and helpful to tourists because they are our livelihood.”  You don’t bite the hand that feeds you.

Of course, not all is rosy in Cuba but for this and the next post I have decided to just focus on the positive.  I concluded that the positives more than outweigh the negatives.

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Aunt Beulah
    Dec 16, 2017 @ 22:08:00

    I am quite certain I will never visit Cuba, so I am happy you are taking us there with you. I look forward to more.

    Reply

  2. anotherday2paradise
    Dec 06, 2017 @ 23:57:05

    Oh, how wonderful! I would love to visit Cuba and especially would adore to see and hear Bueno Vista Social Club in a live concert. Thanks so much for the wonderful photos. 🙂

    Reply

  3. mukhamani
    Dec 06, 2017 @ 16:28:02

    Thank you for the photos 😊

    Reply

  4. Jill Weatherholt
    Dec 05, 2017 @ 21:49:10

    Don’t you just love the cars? I’m so happy you had a great trip. Thanks for sharing your fantastic photos!

    Reply

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