Bye bye Cuba

This winter has been very tough but I feel like a new person after having spent some sunny days in Cuba. It felt so good wearing summer clothes! It was absolutely wonderful! I loved every minute of this trip. I enjoyed some needed time with my family and friends, but I also had time for myself.

I was really missing home and seeing my parents. I usually spend Christmas or New Years with them, but this time my boyfriend and I decided to explore Chicago during Christmas. Thus the plan became to visit them in the beginning of the New Year, but that is what it means to be your own boss in that sometimes things do not go as you expected.

Traveling to Cuba is not like traveling to other parts of the world, where you can work perfectly because you can easily connect to the internet. However, once you are on the island and you feel the warmth of its people, the Caribbean rhythms and its famous cars of the 50s, right away it makes you forget about this and you totally disconnect from the world.

Whenever I return to Cuba I try to spend as much time as possible with my parents and visit my extended family so I seldom have time to take a trip out of the city of Havana or get lost in the joy of people and their antiques with my camera in hand. This time, I planned beforehand to take a few days to explore other places and it was a successful plan 🙂

We left Havana on a day trip to the area of Viñales, located in the westernmost part of the island, Pinar de Rio. If you plan to go to Cuba and take a tour outside Havana, I recommend this one! The only thing I regret is not been able to spend more time there. There’s so much to see so we would have liked to stay at least a couple of days in the area. It’s marvelous!

We also rented a car and took a road trip to the famous keys of Cuba. Traversing the island took us about 6 hours but the views along the way were exhilarating. We stayed at Cayo Coco, but it’s easy to move around to other keys in the area. It was an amazing experience!

I have been very happy during my trip to Cuba. I was able to spend my birthday with my family and friends. I’ve laughed, danced, discovered incredible places, but above all I’ve enjoyed the warmth of the people of Cuba! Traveling to Cuba can be a challenging task due to all the restrictions in place by both the Cuban and US governments, but it is one of the most captivating places you will ever visit, and definitely the most fascinating in the Caribbean.

Thank your for reading me!

Oli Dufort

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