City of the El Clássico
I will always remember the city of Havana, Cuba. The contagious joy of its population made me instantly fall in love with Cuba’s astonishing capital. Besides, its atmosphere brings the certainty that traveling back in time is indeed possible, as cars from the 1950s are all you get to see in the streets. Havana’s division into New Havana and Old Havana reinforces the idea that we are living in the past and opens our eyes to the changes made by Cuba’s revolution, in 1959, in which the country stood apart from the rest of the world due to an economic embargo made by the United States. Since then, this stunning country saw tourism as its only form of income. It is essential to add Cuba to your ‘where to go list’ AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, before Cuba’s economy opens. Otherwise, you won’t get to experience the reality of nation which throws you back to the 1950s.
Keep your eyes open
The people in Cuba are always willing to help and are very honest as well. The country has still a little to learn about the way tourism works, however, it is totally understandable as we are talking about a country which was isolated from the rest of the world for years. In regards to the internet, there is almost no connection. Nonetheless, there is a place called the revolution square, in which connecting your devices turns out to be a ‘little easier.’ Of course, there are some luxurious hotels which have recently acquired the wifi system, yet the network is extremely slow and the internet falls within seconds. Plus, in order to connect it is necessary to insert a code that contains twelve digits for the user and twelve more for the actual password. Also, no one there knows what English means, “hablar español es la única salida.”
What to do?
Take a ride in a convertible 1950s taxi on the Malecón waterfront promenade going from old Havana to Havana Nova, and don’t forget to stop by the Revolution Square.
Visit the Museum of Decorative Arts in the Vedado district, located in a former French mansion. The museum displays over 30,000 art objects and it is one of the highlights for those who are history lovers.
For people who enjoy trendy nights, it is worth taking a look at the 1950s traditional schedules at the hotels or streets, where bands would often perform in the Buena Vista Social Club style (members’ club in Havana in the 1940s).
Where to eat and drink?
The bar El Florida is a classic stop; the music at the bar is contagious and invites everyone ‘para bailar.’
It is also worth visiting the restaurant El Cocinero, which occupies a rooftop of what used to be an old factory, located at a neighborhood known as Vedado. From this restaurant, you’ll get to see the most fantastic view of Cuba, and an unforgettable sunset. Also, the food is excellent and worth trying.
Casa Miglis is a restaurant specialized in a Cuban-Scandinavian cuisine that offers an excellent menu alongside a lively night of shows. The decoration is simply unforgettable and unique.
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