Here's a quick guide to some common Spanish slang that I noticed was used in Cuba during my month there! If you don't speak Spanish yet, check out these reasons why you should. If you do, that's awesome, and I hope this quick guide will help you on your trip to Cuba!
Ernest Hemingway is strongly associated with the city of Havana. He lived, fished, and wrote there for quite some time, and his best novel (in my opinion), The Old Man and the Sea, uses Cuba as a backdrop. He was known as "Papa Hemingway" by Cubans during his time. So if you're ever in Havana and you want to check out some of his old haunts, I've got five ideas for you right here!
As many of you know, I spent a month living and studying Havana, Cuba this summer. Of course, this doesn't make me an expert on Cuba or Cubans, but I have noticed several misconceptions that many Americans seem to have about Cuba (some of which I had before I went there as well) which I'd like to clear up! If you're planning a trip to Cuba soon, you can avoid some typical blunders, and even if you aren't planning to go anytime soon, it helps to understand better this country which has long been misunderstood or misrepresented by the US.
Cuba is an amazing country to visit, and if you're interested in going, you should go as soon as you can! Big changes are coming for this nation, and while I don't doubt that it will continue to be quirky and fascinating, some of its more-unique aspects may soon be gone, once the US embargo is lifted. Need more convincing that you should book your trip ASAP? Check out these seven panoramas from my time there!
Havana is a great city for nightlife, whether you like dancing, music or people-watching. Nearly every restaurant has a band playing on weekend nights, so you can enjoy a wide variety of music just by eating dinner! There's also a wide variety of nightclubs and dance clubs. After spending a month in the city I definitely had some favorite spots, and I'd like to share them below!
Havana can be an expensive city for tourists, mostly because of Cuba's dual currency system. They use CUC, which is tied to the US dollar for most things tourists would buy--hotels, museum fees, some restaurants, alcohol, etc.--but you can save a lot of money by living like a local and using, when possible, the currency the locals use, moneda nacional (MN). Here are ten things you can do for free or cheap in Havana!
Here's a quick lineup of my seven favorite museums of the ones I visited in Havana, Cuba! I've included collage images of each of the museums as well as a description of what each offers. Hopefully it will provide inspiration for your trip to Havana!