Cuba: Caribbean charm, relaxed atmosphere, 80yr old salsa dancing grannies…but what are the bad points?
After my recent and first trip to Cuba I’ve returned feeling ever-so-slightly depressed, the Caribbean is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited and I wish I could spend the winter there. Due to Government restrictions there’s some things about this archipelago that aren’t quite as well-known as Havana Club Rum and Cigars. It sure has some quirky things going for it:
1. Almost everything comes with sugar so you’ll most likely come back with Type 2 Diabetes
2. Due to the relaxed atmosphere almost anyone and everyone gets up to do salsa, including the 80-year-old grannies who wear t-shirts saying “Sexy Diva”!!
3. The police women look like extras from a Rihanna video (I do have photos but it didn’t feel right adding them to this post)
4. The Internet is still a bit like the devil and is slow, expensive and worse than dial-up
5. The one and only original Sloppy Joe’s bar and restaurant has now reopened in Havana offering the best burgers in town
6. Many people think of Cuba as an island nation, however due to the number of offshore islands it is in fact an archipelago
7. Cubans’ still live on rations and have to buy most food from Government stores at discounted rates
8. The old “Yank tanks” don’t like wet weather and often break down frequently
9. Cuba uses a dual-currency, one for locals (CUP) and one for tourists (CUC) so beware of fakes or exchanging the wrong ones
10. Che Guevara is everywhere (naturally)
11. Before I visited this country I was very much a wine and vodka drinker, however after my trip I’ve returned with a slight addiction to rum! Trust me if you visit, it’ll happen to you too…
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