Cuba is a country that is extremely close to our hearts. Not only was it the first place we had ever traveled together alone as a couple, it was also the first place we had sailed on the Caribbean Sea, and one of the first places where we felt like we truly fit in with the people. We have never been hassled to buy gadgets and trinkets that are more or less useless or impractical back home if we didn't want them. We've never felt unsafe at any time on our explorative travels and have never once been taken advantage of by someone looking to make a quick CUC. It's been one of the only countries we've visited where every single person had treated us like family and good friends.
Since our first trip to Cuba, we have traveled majority of the western half of the island, became very good friends with an incredible man named Raul who helped us in donating almost $2000 of skateboards and equipment to the youth of Havana/Cardenas for 4 years in a row now. We got engaged while watching an unforgettable sunset in a mountain in Matanzas and learned how to hand roll cigars from a Maestro in Vinales. We have watched the sunrise at the Varadero sea cliffs, walked the 400+ year old streets of Old Habana, and climbed a breathtaking waterfall in Soroa. And every time we visit this beautiful country, it never gets old. It never feels like we've done everything and we ALWAYS wish we had much, much more time than we did.
Though on this trip, we didn't have a lot of time to do our regular photo trips (sometimes it is nice to put the camera down and just be in the moment!!!). But that being said, it didn't stop us from being able to capture a lot of great photos that show another side of Cuba. We tried to capture true cuban lifestyle and landscape with what little time we had. Here's a selection of photos, from a sunrise to sunset, to show you a little bit of our recent travels.
We start off this two part series with the Varadero sea cliffs, Viñales & tobacco farms, the waterfall in Soroa and some landscapes of Cuba. We photographed these all last year while traveling across the western part of the country. In the next blog, we have more photos of the city of Havana and all it's wonderful people that live there.