Cuba has been at the top of my travel list for many years. The colors, the food, the people, the music- all of it was more than I could have ever imagined. A special thanks to my travel partner, Leslie, and to our Cienfuegos friends for making this trip even more amazing.
This country is on the cusp of major transition. Looking at the buildings, cars and ration cards, time seems to have stood still. However, signs of change are becoming more prevalent. Cubans are slowly starting their own private businesses and the internet is becoming more available (although wifi spots are usually only in parks). As the embargo is almost certainly going to be lifted, change is inevitable. I'm both excited and nervous for this to happen. More freedoms will give people chances to express themselves but I also hope that the influence of increased tourism and commerce doesn't dilute the vibrance of the culture. Only time will tell.
I have made a promise to myself to come back within a year to explore more of this beautiful place. In the meantime, I'll be practicing my salsa moves.