Bienvenido al comunismo // Arriving in La Habana, Cuba

Cuba was on my bucket list since this huge history lecture about the Cuban Missile Crisis that I had to prepare in my A-levels. Eleven years later I finally found myself on this adventure all by myself and it has been the most exciting adventure I have been on so far.

It felt like being a time traveler and I experienced how it was to travel completely offline for 18 days. No smartphone, no laptop, no phone calls that were longer than 3 minutes with my loved ones back home. But arriving in Havana was different. It opened my eyes. To this unexpectedly poor and destroyed city which is still so unbelievably beautiful in all its collapsed concrete and wrinkled but smiling faces. But it was a shock nonetheless. And after the shock the magic of this city catches you.

Here is how it felt looking at this city with all its decayed beauty for the first time…

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When I arrived at my Casa Particulares at night I thought: Uhh, that must be a really nice house on the other side of the street. The next morning I realized that there was only the façade left of it. And a lot of gras inside.

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More green inside houses and the gate to the Barrio Chino.

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And still so full of colour and life.

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Marx and Engels cannot be missed.

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La paz es siempre posible! / Peace is always possible!

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Education for the young…

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I once read that a Cuban saying is “There is more time than life.” So people love to sit outside on the street and watch life in the barrio.

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Have you ever been or are you planning to go to Havana? What were your feelings when you first experienced this city? I would love to hear from your Cuba adventures below…

Keep living this life! …oh and come back for more soon.

Cheerio!

Clau

 

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