April 24, 2014

Cuba Photo Diary Pt 1



 Tobacco leaves
 Vinales

Photos from Cuba. After visiting Cuba for the first time I have to say that Cuba is one of the most underrated places to go. The local food (not resort food, it was horrible) is delicious and super cheap. Old Havana is completely nostalgic while Havana itself is filled with old fashioned cars and it is a giant X-rated Disneyland. Like a baby learning to speak, the first sentences I learned in Spanish was "How much is this?" followed by "Too expensive!".

Cuba is actually really safe compare to other southern destinations. For one, out of the 13 million people living in Cuba 1 million of them are cops. There are cops on every other corner in Havana though that doesn't stop hustlers asking if you would like a hooker at 2pm on a Sunday afternoon. The first few days I was hustled and got scammed a few bucks, but by the 3rd day I was a pro at dealing with a hustler. My strategy was me screaming "no no no no!" then running the opposite direction after a guy asked me where I was from. Sure, I could learn a more polite rejection line in Spanish but 'no' is straight forward and universal. Like dumping someone, even if you dump them politely you still dumped them and they still hate you regardless.

One of the guys I was with decided to wear a fanny pack in which I swear turns hustlers' and hookers' eyes into dollar signs and gravitate them towards us. Why didn't we tell him to stop wearing a fanny pack? Because those who wear fanny packs have already decided to give up their dignity for a fanny pack, and how do you reason with someone like that?

And then there is reggaeton. I used to think that all spanish music sound the same, the cheesy carnival music that I can't tell a beginning of one song and the end of another song. But then I discovered reggaeton in which grew on me every time after a few drinks. "Would it be weird if I listen to reggaeton in my car from now on?" I asked. I wanted the answer to be no but of course it was yes, reggaeton would be my fanny pack. That's a fanny pack I'd wear for my future husband Enrique Iglesias though. Baliando!!

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  2. Cuba looks quite beautiful and exotic. Lots of Che pictures.

    Haha, my friend's bf wore a fanny pack to a sydney night club, he went to the bathroom so he gave the fanny to his gf - who started wearing it. Some drunk chick went up to my friend and asked "do you any?" my friend was completely oblivious. A few days later they found out men wearing fanny packs were arrested for drug dealing at that nightclub.

    LilynotLouise | Beauty and Food

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  3. Looks like you had a great time in Cuba! :)


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    Ericka of http://myfashionfelicity.blogspot.com
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  4. You look awesome! : D What beautiful landscapes!

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  5. wow! I don't know much about Cuba but your pictures look great! Glad you had fun and stayed safe :) I love love love Mexican food so I bet I would love cuban food as well!

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  6. I wanne know how to say 'how much is this' and 'too exspensive'
    as well :D
    Haha x-rated Disneyland :') you sure know how to pick words!
    Glad you like Cuba, you really made me curious about this
    country! Those tobacco leafs looks interesting as I thought they
    were bats lols
    I love regeatton music every now and then c: it's good club
    music in my opinion!
    Xx

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  7. Fanny pack? **sigh** I made a fool of myself in Panama by wearing shorts. Apparently only children and women wear shorts in Panama City. How was I supposed to know??? It was 100 degrees and 85% humidity. I'd do it again. :)

    Thanks for sharing the pictures and some experiences from your trip. I'll never get to Cuba.

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  8. Lol, I love your fanny pack innuendo (or whatever it was). It made me laugh. Hearing you talk about cuba kind of reminds me of Mexico (the non touristy places). xD Did you have fun at least?

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  9. It seems a great trip. Enjoy your time!!
    xoxo

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  10. hahahah fanny packs. They are so ridiculous. I was forced to wear one on a family trip to Florida in grade three, and even then I rejected them as terrible.

    Looks like you had an awesome time, I look forward to hearing more about it!

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  11. Great photos!

    And oh geez, reggaeton brings me back to a couple years ago when that music really blew up. After a while, it starts to sound the same...same beat all the time.

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  12. awesome photos... totally getting the holiday feel from your photos...
    i miss the beach!!

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  13. Love it, have wanted to go to Cuba for a long time now...looks amazing. Super pictures xx

    Kizzy
    The Dainty Dolls House

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  14. very pretty ! loving the pictures x

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  15. I'm glad you had a great time! This makes me want to go to Cuba now. I always heard Cuba was one of the most dangerous places to go for vacation, but it doesn't sound any worse than I lot of other places (especially when it comes to being stalked by random men and hustlers, which, from what I've heard from other people, Italy definitely wins that round).

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  16. This looks amazing, you look lovely.

    Jess x

    www.jessicalaar.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. Pop.. this awesome, I just had a friend from work go to Cuba about 3 weeks ago... she loved it and asked if she could go back now... The hustlers would drive me crazy too... I would probably have to start yelling at them too...

    I am glad you had a really good vacation... I hope it has warmed up at home for you... we had a cold rainy day today :)

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  18. Such great photos and they bring back memories of my time in La Habana. I loved the place, the people, everything and it's true I always felt really safe there. I would love to go again for another visit. Thank you so much for your visit and comment.
    xoxoxo

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  19. Pretty photos! Is it totally weird that I thought of "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights" while looking at all the scenery photos? I am tempted to put that movie on again. I've always wanted to travel to Cuba, or anywhere outside of North America really.

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  20. It sounds like you had a great time and the photos look lovely! I'm really bad at dealing with scammers. If someone starts the conversation off with "Where are you from?" For some reason, I can't help but actually answer. It's like a curse/spell overcomes me ;A;!

    I wear fanny packs too, haha, but always the one that go UNDER the shirt and is tucked into my pants. I'd love to go to Cuba some day but I'm American so it will probably be difficult.

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  21. Hehehe, oooooh, Enrique....mmmhmmmm ;)
    Sounds like your time in Cuba was amazing! Looks like it too. Uggghh, I'm so jealous! I need to start traveling -__-

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

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  22. wooow!!!! soooo cool post, dear!!!! amazin diary of ur trip)))) xoxo hunny <3

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  23. lol, fanny packs! It reminded me of the movie rio 2.Lovely pictures! Wishing I'm travelling with you :)

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  24. Wow, I never thought to visit Cuba so I think I'm missing out :) great holiday outfits girl :)

    - Che

    style-che.com

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  25. Amazing Cuba shots. The city looks great. Lol fanny pack!!! He needs to stop asap!!

    xx Mira

    www.glamdevils.com

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  26. Beautiful, loving everything! I especially love the bathing suits you own! And that vintage car! Looks like a fun place to visit:)
    Aesthetic Lounge

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  27. This is such a nice place, good pictures and lovee your outfit! :)

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  28. Love your photos, they're fantastic! I heard the beaches are really nice. And it seems like you have so much memories you've brought with you when you left Cuba.That's probably one learning experience we get from travel, the good things vs bad things.. :D

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  29. Enjoy your holiday in Cuba~~~
    It is really amazing~~~

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  30. Gal you are so pretty!! And all the pics are absolutely wonderful! <3

    Well I was wondering if we could follow each other via bloglovin, instagram, twitter, facebook and g+? Do visit my blog and let me know where you follow and I will follow back right away!! :)

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  31. the photos are amazing and it does seem like you are having such a wonderful time! I never thought about visiting Cuba but now that I saw how beautiful it is through your photos, I might just add it on my list!

    xo, Carla
    www.carlaviolet.com

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