So back in September of 2018, I took a random trip to Cuba!
It was random in that it was totally unplanned, and I joined a group of about 14 people who did not know! I only knew one guest and that connection was brief and virtual prior to this trip!
Here is the result!!!
I made it onboard much earlier than mis amigos, so I put my bags in my room and made myself at home for a bit. NOTE: We’ll not here discuss why I did NOT check my luggage, so who had to walk around with 3 to 6 (probably SIX) bags while boarding??? ME! smh Apparently, it’s a win because I got my bags quickly while others had to wait.
Here we are at dinner. I met the rest of my co-travelers for the first time. As you can see, they/we were a hoot!
Second night was our first captain’s ball. I made my presence known at the after party and won an award. We call it… A Piece of ShiP (with a P).
Grand Cayman was our first stop:
BEA U TI FUL waters.
If you look closely, there are animals … RODENTS … MONSTERS!!!! in the bush
Sunrise in Cuba. We stayed until 2a the following morning. Was I up the whole time? Probably.
Moola / Dineros / CUC https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuban_convertible_peso
The American Embassy. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embassy_of_the_United_States,_Havana
One of the easiest things to appreciate about Cuba is the architecture
The capital, where Obama spoke. This IS important to Americans. (I could be biased though.)
Don’t make the mistake of calling this coke en espanol. You’ll be saying the wrong thing.If you ask for coke in Cuba, you’ll probably get it more quickly than you think. The majority of the things we encountered are run by…. the Mafia. unbelievable..
Havana is home to Cemetario de Colon (Or Christopher Columbus Cemetery) which is said to be the most important cemetery in the world. It is of utmost importance to Cuban history and culture. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colon_Cemetery,_Havana
There are so many love stories here including stories of devastation and resurrection. It was interesting to visibly see how Cuban culture is very deeply imbued with religious influences, namely Christianity. The music and cuisine takes on African influence.
You’ll want to study this monument:
NEXT STOP!!! Rapping Grandmas.
They rapped about being chastised for being grandmas who rap.
Who’s mad at a hip hop grandma??? No one!!! Get it Grannies!!! <3
Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd…. there was this little hut tucked away by Jesus.
I feel like the inhabitant understands what it means to be “Nearer, My God, to Thee.” 😁😁😁
The overarching theme of Cuba is… Cars! Cars! And MORE Cars!!!
In Cuba, many people walk.
Lots use scooters/mopeds.
Others use public transportation.
Some use animals… shout out to the guy who left the horse in the parking lot for hours! lol hahaha
In Cuba, cars are as pricey as homes.
Considering that, I wouldn’t mind a horse, But…
I was particularly interested in these…
Before we left, we dined with the locals. They served our food with American flags in it. Anyone else feel like it was there way of giving us the American batch of food?? I don’t want that! haha The coffee was great, and I don’t like coffee. I’ve tried it thrice in life. I finally like it!!! I had BomBon Coffee.
During dinner, one of our comrades given this card which was an invite to something inappropriate. It was a hidden party with unmarked doors. All you got (on the back of the card) was an address and instructions for getting in. The only thing in Spanish was the term, “Instrucciones.” The rest was plain English. And THAT my friends is how people get “TOOKEN.” Tooken because we have no ransom money or unique set of skills to get officially TAKEN! haha
Hope you enjoyed my trip as much as I did!