It's not enough to bash in heads, you have to bash in minds
            

¡VIVA CUBA LIBRE!

Cuba was an amazing (though expensive) place to travel.

We started out in Varadero, a boring beach resort town…

at the Hotel International, which had an interesting nightly Cabaret show.

Thankfully we only stayed two nights in Varadero, before heading to La Habana, the most interesting city I have ever been to.

A city of crumbling buildings…

old cars…

unique architecture…

Cigar Factories…

museums

and an indescribable character.

We spent time in the various plazas, and cafes, always in awe of what was around the next corner. We saw locals arguing fanatically over which Baseball team was superior, Industriales (from La Habana) or Santiago de Cuba (the two teams left in the Cuban league post-season, even going so far as making offerings to Santería deities, complete with coffins representing the various teams. It was all very confusing and little over my head.

We were also luck enough to participate in the massive May 1st labor day celebrations in La Habana, where hundreds of thousands of people parade infront of the Plaza de la Revolution.

Unfortunately Fidel Castro’s miraculous recovery may have not been as complete as was believed; he did not make an appearance for the festivities. We had to settle for Raul Castro.

Our Travels also brought us to Trinidad, and Viñales, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites for good reason.

Trinidad is a small sleepy colonial town…

that retains its colonial architecture…

and friendly locals.

Viñales is a small town located in a spectacular limestone valley, where some of the best tobacco in the world is farmed…

using mostly traditional non-mechanized methods.

The local campesinos are incredibly friendly…

and will easily take you to an illegal combate de gallos (cockfight) if you ask.

In the two and a half weeks we spend in Cuba we only saw a small fraction of the country, and made some amazing friends. It is truly an amazing place, the people are happy and helpful. Cuba is a country that I will surely be revisiting… hopefully sooner rather than later.

¡VIVA CUBA LIBRE!

Varadero:

La Habana:

Trinidad:

Viñales: