Lifting the Socialist Curtain: Havana, Cuba

We have just returned from our trip to Cuba and Colombia. Colombia though was just a jumping off point as it was the cheapest country to fly out to Cuba. It costs $400 to fly out of Bogota compared to $700 from Panama and Costa Rica.

Our first destination was the old capital, Havana and it did not disappoint.  If you ever want to go back in time, Cuba is one of those rare countries that seem frozen between 18th century and the 1950s.

 

colorful colonial buildings

colorful colonial buildings

 

Cuba is the world's oldest car museum. Everywhere you go, you see these old Cheveys, Belairs and old Soviet cars

Cuba is the world’s oldest car museum. Everywhere you go, you see these old Cheveys, Belairs and old Soviet cars

 

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more old cars

Cuba is brimming with these Socialist slogans, especially in the countryside

Cuba is brimming with these Socialist slogans, especially in the countryside

 

old Capitol

old Capitol

 

neighborhood in Old Havana

neighborhood in Old Havana

A taste of Cuba! One must simply visit this country before the embargo lift changes everything. More Cuba posts to follow.

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2 thoughts on “Lifting the Socialist Curtain: Havana, Cuba

  1. waterfallsandcaribous says:

    Glad you got to see Havana before it changes too much more – I was reading an article about just this morning and it already sounds WAY different to when we there 6 years ago with private restaurants, bars and businesses now being sanctioned as well as property sales among locals. Change will rip through there at an incredible pace and it’s hard to be happy about it losing its ‘character’ as we know it while at the same time hard to justify the poverty and unfairness the people have faced prior.

    • Kate says:

      That is true. Were there private restaurants when you were there? It seems Cuba has embraced capitalism there a little bit, inch by inch. I have seen many new trendy restaurants cropping up. Many love and embrace the CUC and disdain the moneda. And there are so many casa particulares now than I thought there would be. I’m not exactly thrilled with the change but if it alleviates the poverty then I’m okay with it. I just hope that it will not increase the great divide between the rich and the poor as it was before the Revolution.

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