Just Back From: Havana, Cuba

Maybe it’s something they put in the mojitos, but a trip to
Havana is unlike any other. I recently took a trip to the beautiful
Cuban capital, where I was immersed in their local culture and
discovered the historic city. Read on for the highlights of my time
spent in Havana.

What did you love most about Havana?

It feels like traveling back in time. From the hundreds of
1950’s Chevys (imported before the U.S. embargo in 1962) to the
Colonial architecture, Havana can feel like a beautiful, outdoor
museum.

Where would you take a first-timer in this
city?

Old Havana. You can walk around for hours and get lost in the
beauty of the city. Join the non-stop party with one of the
city’s most famous exports, the mojito, at storied bars like La
Bodeguita Del Medio or El Floridita Bar. American writer Ernest
Hemingway loved El Floridita so much, they commissioned a statue of
him sitting at the bar.

What is one thing that a first-timer must do in this
city?

Take a tour in a vintage car. It’s popular with tourists, but
it’s a must. It’s also a great way to explore the many
districts of Havana not easily reached by public
transportation.

What is your favorite dish from here, and where might we
find it?

The croquetas. Now that I think about it, my trip to Havana was
basically a croqueta crawl. While you can find them in almost any
restaurant, my personal favorites are from El Parque Central
Hotel.

Tell us about the locals.

In spite of wars, revolutions, and the U.S. trade embargo, the
locals are optimistic and upbeat. At any given moment, you can
catch Havana locals dancing, laughing, and gathering around Wi-Fi
hotspots.

What is something they have in this city that you wish
you had at home?

Perhaps because the internet is not permitted in private homes
(Wi-Fi access is restricted to hotspots, usually at hotels), Cubans
have the ability to disconnect and live in the moment. For me,
finding Wi-Fi was difficult; so difficult that I just decided to go
two days without texts, calls, or Instagram. Yes, it’s actually
possible, and not only did I survive to tell this story, but I also
enjoyed it.

What are five words that describe this
city?

Beautiful, good food, great people.

Source: FS – All – Hotels – News
Just Back From: Havana, Cuba