Cuba! Part 1: Vinales

Earlier this year, I had the extreme pleasure of traveling to Cuba with one of my best friends. We visited Vinales, Trinidad, Cayo Guillermo, and Havana, spending a few days in each location. We had a wonderful time (I only managed to get diarrhea three times), and I'm signed up for Spanish classes so I can have more meaningful conversations with the locals when I return! :D

A home at the foothills of the mogotes, mini mountains in the countryside of Vinales.

A home at the foothills of the mogotes, mini mountains in the countryside of Vinales.

A fruit stand in the village, where I purchased a bunch of tiny bananas for only 1CUC.

A fruit stand in the village, where I purchased a bunch of tiny bananas for only 1CUC.

A local family who invited us into their home when we got stranded in a sudden downpour.

A local family who invited us into their home when we got stranded in a sudden downpour.

Smoking my first cigar ever outside a tobacco-drying hut, with some bovine company. 

Smoking my first cigar ever outside a tobacco-drying hut, with some bovine company. 

We arrived at the Havana International Airport on a typically hot January day, exhilirated that we'd made it but still nervous about being in Cuba (we would remain in amazement for the duration of the trip, which was about 12 days total). 

After exchanging some cash for CUCs at the airport, we took a taxi--a classic red Americana car--to our first destination, Vinales. It was the most inland of the places we traveled to, which lent itself to beautiful landscapes but also intense humidity. 

The first of many cab rides we would take in vintage American cars--I cannot even properly describe the experience, after having seen the photos and movie portrayals. 

The first of many cab rides we would take in vintage American cars--I cannot even properly describe the experience, after having seen the photos and movie portrayals. 

...to be continued

Posted on March 23, 2017 .