Havana Cuba is a beautiful city with some of the friendliest people I’ve ever met. It’s as if the city is frozen in time as you walk down the chaotic streets, surrounded by Art Deco buildings, and 1950’s American cars.
This is Elle, a local salsa dancer instructor, who was born in Santiago, Cuba. We met Elle in the street near the particular we rented, and he welcomed us with his cheerful, friendly charismatic personality. We learned a few salsa techniques and danced at a local salsa club, ate street food, swam the Caribbean waters of Mar Azul beach, and listened to Reggaeton music from his boom box while walking the streets of Havana. We were officially immersed into Cuban culture, and it was amazing!
This is one of Elle’s friends who hand made his shorts and vest out of rice burlap bags. I was instantly drawn to his outfit and shared interest for the color purple, while representing NYC and smoking his cigar.
This the local butcher shop next door to a breakfast spot that serves Hamon, Queso Y Chorizo on a toasted panini bun.
Cuba also offers some of the most amazing coffee I’ve ever tasted.
We also visited a few local Cigar Cooperativas and enjoyed local tobacco from the fields of Vinales.
Chef Vladamir worked at Cafe Paris, and Hotel Rafael before opening his own restaurant named Somos Cuba. It was by chance finding this hidden gem in Habana Vieja, and was the best home cooked meal of the trip. Thank you Chef!
Art Gallery Exhibition in Old Havana