A Week On Cuba's Streets.
by Ren Bostelaar
I visited Cuba in the winter of 2013. It had never been near the top of my travel wish-list; my perception of Cuba had been tainted by all-inclusive vacation snapshots and travel billboards. I knew that a living, breathing country existed beyond the resorts, but it had never really occurred to me to find out what that looked like with my own eyes.
My adventurous girlfriend Melody and I finally booked a trip after my parents, frequent visitors to Cuba's less-beaten paths, convinced me that it would be nothing like the postcards. What we discovered in hectic Havana, bucolic Viñales and hard-working Matanzas defied every expectation. It's a colourful, challenging place full of clever people and a sense that the island's tangled history may yet unspool in unexpected ways.
After a week on Cuba's streets I left loving it more - but understanding it less - than I had ever imagined.
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