Chronicles of Cuba: Kelsey Edition

Hola! Welcome to the Cuba blog! I just want to start out by thanking Auburn for such a wonderful trip as well as Tiffany Sippial and our many tour guides! It would not have been the same trip without the wonderful group that we had!

Day 1: lunch at Porto Havana 

We ordered ceviche, fried stuffed plantains, garlic shrimp, and ropa vieja. Before our meal, Camilo (professor at university) and Cuban diplomat talked to us about Cuban relations with United States and how Cuba sustains their economy through places like china. Then we walked around old Havana and talked about the cathedral and various architectural structures. At night we had a great time at the sangri-LA club. We met members of the band and got to experience dance and night life as the Cubans know it.

Day 2: woke up and had breakfast and then left the casa around 8:30 am. We took a long drive and ended up at the national park that is known for the bay of pigs. Once we got there, we took speed boats out the the old Asian villiages and got to learn about why they created the project and the reasons for the sculptures lining the edge of the land. We also go to learn about how to tree relates to the mix in religion between African traditional and Roman Catholicism. Then we went to a restaurant where I got super sick, so I don’t remember the name of it :(. I then went to Ernesto’s aunts house (Teressa) and she let me sleep in one of her guest rooms. We then went to our cases to check in and out to dinner at casa prado restaurante and had such a wonderful time.

Day 3: we woke up and had breakfast downstairs at the little porch. After that , we loaded into the buses and headed to the Santa Clara City. We saw the memorial of Che and walked around the city. After that we went to lunch at a buffet and enjoyed good food and then headed to the baseball stadium to see the Cienfuegos elephants! We got signatures from the team and got to learn a little bit about their team and the baseball culture. After that we walked around the city and got to shop around more and then we went back to the casa to relax. After that we went to dinner at Florida blanco downtown!

Day 4: we woke up and chilled until around 12 trying to get wifi and then we went to the hotel Jagua and had lunch (cubano sandwhiches) and we went to swim at the pool and got to jump off the dock. We also got to go to the rooftop of the bar Terraza. After that we drove to Trinidad and walked around the city for around an hour and went back to our casa to drop off our things. We then went to dinner at El Galleon and had various palleas and mixed fruit cups for desert. The bar tab came in a treasure chest. We went back to the casa and got ready for bed. Some people went back downtown, but some of us stayed in.

Day 5: we woke up and had breakfast on the casa patio. After that we went to iznaga tower and climbed up a lot of stairs. 40 meters. After that we got a few crafts and I got postcards to send and mail out. Then we went back to the casa to pick up Maddie and check on Kate. We then proceeded to the beach at the hotel where we got lunch at a buffet, checked wifi, swam, and relaxed on the beach with an open bar. After that we went back to the casa and got ready to go out for the evening. We went back to the pottery workshop and had the experience of trying chenchachara, a local drink. After that we went to dinner and sat up stairs on the patio and listened to live music while we ate great seafood. Last but not least, we got to club at the disco ayala which was an underground “cave” club. Which was absolutely amazing.

Day 6: we woke up and had breakfast at our casa in Trinidad and then loaded in the taxis to go to the mountains. We had the experience of sitting in the open air jeep which was super awesome because we got to feel the breeze as we went up and down the mountain. We first stopped at a coffee house which was awesome because we got to learn about the different ways they roast and grind coffee, we even got to try a cup! When we got to the visitors center, Luis gathered us all around the map of the area and explained the trail we would take on our hike. We then ventured out on our hike and it was definitely difficult and strenuous. We had so much fun, but my legs were definitely jelly at the end of it. I think going up was much harder for me just because I forgot my inhaler, but going down the hill was tougher on the knees. Once we got down we had the opportunity to jump into the fresh water spring under the water fall and all I can say was it was freezing! But definitely a good way to cool off. After we dried off, we started our way back up the mountain. After we made it to the top, the cars picked us up and we went to the restaurant. After lunch, we headed back to Cienfuegos and had the chance to take a nice nap before we left for dinner. At 7:45 we went to dinner at an international style restaurant and got to try both Italian and Caribbean style food. After dinner, we went home and chilled the rest of the night.

Day 7: we woke up this morning and had breakfast in Cienfuegos at the same place we did the last week. It was great! Then we loaded the buses and had a two hour drive back to Jovellanes. We had the opportunity to visit a local community church and sit in on their service for a little while. After we sat in on their service, we went to the farm where the farmers taught us about organic farming and the difference it makes when it comes to local produce. We also ate lunch there which was prepared by the women in the home. After that, we went to go see those who were underprivileged and disabled. This was the hardest part of the day because of how sad it was and how struggling the families were. After visiting, we went to the beach in Valadera and had a beautiful and wonderful time! Although security tried kicking us out, I did connect to their wifi for a little bit! After the beach we went back to the church center we were staying at and had a home cooked meal. When we were done, Allison, Sarah, Kaitlin, and I went to Fresca y chocolate, a local ice cream shop which was so awesome! We ended up ordering 21 scoops of ice cream because we couldn’t understand the menu, so needless to say, we were stuffed. On the way back, we took a horse carriage! Once we returned we got dressed and headed out for a musical evening on the town.

Day 8: we woke up this morning and had a breakfast in the community dining room. After that, we loaded the buses and headed to Havana. On the way, we stopped to take pictures at the tallest bridge in Cuba! They are also a great spot for tropical drinks, which came in big pineapples. Our next stop was the revolutionary museum in Havana, it was really interesting to see the spot where college students stormed the president’s mansion. You could still see the bullet holes in the wall. After that, we took a car ride in the old fashioned cars to the national grand hotel of Cuba which was built in 1930. My favorite part of visiting the hotel was seeing all of the famous people who visited on the wall. Their pictures were displayed in chronological order which was super cool because you could go by decade to see if any of your favorite movie stars, singers, of political figures visited too. We then went to lunch at Ajiaco, which was delicious! Very traditional, family style Cuban food. After lunch we went to go visit the artwork of a local artist, who transformed a neighborhood into an amazing art project! He used different glass pieces and painted pieces to create a story among the different houses and elements of the street. Then we went to check into the casas with Sylvia. This was the first casa we stayed in on our trip, so it was really nice to be back in Havana! Then we went to dinner at El Classico and spent a good time talking and chatting among each other about our days. Then off to the social club in downtown Havana for a nice of traditional Cuban dance and song! I felt like I was on an episode of “I love Lucy” watching Ricky Ricardo at the Tropicana club. 

Day 9: Today was full of exciting things! We started off the morning with salsa dancing lessons at Casa Del Son which was such an incredible experience. We definitely got our work out in for the day! After we finished our lessons, we went to an art museum near by to get drinks and walk around for around an hour. It was a very interesting experience because we had the chance to see all different, cultural pieces of art. Next, we had lunch at the Starbien restaurant which was by far my favorite meal of the whole trip!! They had lettuce for salads, which was a big deal let me tell you! After lunch Tristan, Allison, and I went to Havana Libre and had a nice time swimming and eating snacks before we went to Opera for dinner. This was an Italian restaurant that had wonderful food and even better deserts! They were a reservation only place and used only organic and locally grown products.

Day 10: we woke up this morning and had breakfast on the porch at Silvia’s and then loaded up the busses to head to Orquideario Soroa. This is a botanical garden that is run by the environmental agency of Cuba, but is headed under the local university (Pina del rio). It was first built in honor of Spanish man’s daughter who died giving birth to her child. There are beautiful orchids and many different plants and flowers along the route that we walked. We took a tour from the guide at the park. The most interesting thing I learned from the park was that there are around 35,000 species of orchids around the world. We also learned that this is area is one of the most humid in the world having anywhere from 85-90 percent humidity during the summer. After we left the park, we went on a little bike down to the waterfall. After spending around 30 minutes dipping in the water and taking pictures, we made our way back to the top to head to lunch. When we were done eating, we headed to La Terrasas, an ecotourism hotspot and environmental restoration project. Included in La Terrasas is La Moka, the small reforestation community. This was my favorite part of the day because I had the opportunity to zip line across over 1600 meters of canopy and see some amazing sights. Then we headed back to Havana to get ready for the party tonight with Los Boys. 

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Cuba: An Adventure of a Lifetime

I spent my whole life dreaming of that one adventure. You know how you watch movies and TV shows where the protagonist takes a trip, often to a foreign country, has the time of her life, and “finds her bridesmaids”? I thought that wasn’t real life…until Cuba. In Cuba I learned to not be afraid of anything. Whether it was a giant cave, a tall tower, or Cuban food, I did not hesitate to enjoy every moment I had in Cuba because I knew this entire trip was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And Cuba did not disappoint. Every day in Cuba was unforgettable. At the end of it all, I was sad to leave Cuba, but I knew that the friends I made on the trip would stay with me for a long, long time. So in a way, Cuba lives on in my life. I cannot fit the experience I had into a blog post, but I will try to highlight some of the key moments from the trip, and hopefully you’ll understand why I believe Cuba was the adventure of a lifetime. Here are my top 20 favorite things from my trip to Cuba.

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Sylvia’s Kitchen

20. Sylvia (and her eggs): We spent our first and last few nights with our wonderful host
Sylvia. We were in the top apartment, with views of the ocean. We slept at night with the window slats open and the patio doors unlocked, and I never felt safer. Her breakfast in the morning was the best breakfast of my life, and none of us could figure out how she made her eggs so wonderfully fluffy. We had coffee, watermelon, bread, and these amazing eggs every morning. If I had to pick one place in Cuba that was home, it was Sylvia’s.

 

19. Cats of Cuba: Touring Old Havana (a UNESCO Heritage site) was the first time we saw IMG_6036all the cats and dogs roaming the streets. We had seen a cat before at lunch at Porto Habana, but Old Havana was where we really saw the extent of street animals in Cuba. Not many people keep pets in their houses, and instead the streets are filled with (friendly) cats and dogs. We saw so many cats in Cuba that we started a collection of photos!

18. The Food: The food in Cuba is very simple, which is how I often cook for myself. It wasn’t spicy or crazy like I thought, but since meals were included we often were daring in what we tried. Since our group was close we would order a few different items and share, giving us the opportunity to try new things. The first night we had carpaccio (raw beef), one night we had seafood paella with octopus, and for lunch one day we had a whole fish served on a table. However, I have to admit, my favorite meal was at a restaurant run by an Italian woman who married a Cuban man!

17. The Old Cars: You know when you see pictures of Cuba and it looks like time was frozenIMG_5220 in the 1950s? Well, it really does look like that. I love cars and seeing all the unique 1950s vehicles around the country never got old. My favorite old car moment was riding in a 1950s Jeep to the Escambray mountains, though the close second was taking an old car tour to the Hotel Nacional!

16. Taking a boat ride in Cienaga de Zapata: I loved taking a boat ride through a reserve, seeing the birds along the marsh and visiting an original, preserved settlement. I was able to use my GoPro to take video of the channel opening up and the vast expanse of water. The nature in Cuba never failed to amaze me.IMG_5267

15. Hiking the nature reserve: We had a guide take us through Sendero Enigma de Las Rocas, and he was incredible! I couldn’t believe how he was able to hear a sound barely audible and then track down the bird. We saw so many birds and lizards I lost track, especially because I was so in awe of the limestone pools that we came across in our hike. I was so glad we did so much hiking in Cuba!

14.  Learning why Che was important to Cubans: We visited many museums and learned a lot of unique history on this trip (I say unique because their history has a very different slant than ours), but learning about Che was certainly the most interesting. There are many monuments to Che, as well as a mausoleum and museum that we visited. Talking to our guides about Che revealed a side of Cuban history not taught in the United States.

13. Our Hostel by the Sea: In Cienfuegos we stayed in the cutest white hostel, with comfortable beds and a wall unit for A/C (it’s the little things). It was so simple, with plain white walls and curtains, but the breeze, the views, and the simplicity of the life there could not be beat. If I ever go back to Cuba (which I hope to do), I would stay here and at Sylvia’s again, for sure.

IMG_604712. Seeing the differences between Cuba and the United States: Life in Cuba is different from our country. The internet is incredibly hard to get and the houses are simple with many generations living inside. The craziest thing was that there were
no toilet seats in Cuba, and we couldn’t figure out why you’d have a toilet but no seat! Also, you are supposed to tip often, IMG_5284including to use the restroom which had an attendant. The billboards aren’t advertisements, they are political slogans, and almost everything in Cuba is owned by the government. There is only one type of bottled water, cleverly marketed as “No 1 in Cuba,” which is funny because there is only one type of bottled water since the government controls it.

 

11. Having authentic conversations: So many times on trips you see only what people want you to see, or what they think you want to see. While I won’t say that I feel I lived exactly the way Cubans do, I had an experience that really got me close to the true Cuba. By staying in casas I was able to talk to the hosts about the real Cuban life. By having David, a Cuban close to our age, as a guide, I was able to find out little things like how Cubans get music and what they do for fun. By shopping in the streets I was able to talk to young artists, one being a girl my age who so sincerely wanted to learn English. This helped me learn more about Cuba than any book or hotel could.

IMG_5502.jpg10. Climbing towers and facing fears: It felt like Cuba brought out the best in all of us. We were all nervous to climb the Iznaga Tower, a 200 year old, 147-foot tower with narrow, steep steps, but we all made our way up and down, taking pictures and admiring the (well worth it) view. This wasn’t the only time we had to be brave, but it certainly involved the most steps!

9. Dancing: We went dancing many nights in Cuba, and we had an array of experiences. The most memorable was the cave. Let me start by saying that my biggest fear is claustrophobia, so caves are a no-go for me. Especially a cave with no support beams, no emergency exits (this is Cuba, after all), and huge speakers playing deep bass. However, as was a trend in Cuba, I shook that aside and climbed down into the most amazing discoteca I’ve ever seen. Another memorable dancing moment was the salsa lesson we took in Havana. This was no formal, cruise-ship worthy dance lesson. This was true Cuban dancers dancing how true Cubans dance. It was fun, it was fast, and it was Cuba!

8. Urban Gardens and Sustainable farms: We visited two locations on two different days that stick in my memory for two reasons: they both had to do with sustainability and they IMG_5649.jpgboth had my favorite dessert. Dessert first (always), they had this dish that was just hand-shaved coconut boiled in sugar water. It was simplistic, delicious, and I loved that the coconuts were grown right where we were eating. I used my Spanish skills to find the chef and ask how to make it! In terms of sustainability, I learned a lot by visiting the sustainable farm. For example, water ran under the pig pen to collect the waste into a vat to convert into biofuel, which in turn fueled the farm. That was a small farm that needed to save on energy, and came up with this idea. Then, on our last day we had lunch and learned about urban gardens in Cuba. They aren’t as prominent as I was expecting from the research I did before we left, but that’s because Cubans don’t eat a lot of vegetables. With limited resources, urban gardens are very useful in Cuba, and I saw many community gardens around.

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“Each tree is life”

7. Evaluating Sustainability as a Whole: I’ve got a passion for sustainability, so I kept this topic in mind when looking at Cuba. In some ways, Cuba is the sustainability experiment I’d read about. A lack of resources has made them, well, resourceful. Parts are reused because they need to. Energy is conserved because it’s valuable. But some of the features are also their downfalls. Pollution from old cars and factories reduce air quality. Total government control leads to conflicts of interest. Cuba isn’t overdeveloped, but there isn’t enough housing for its citizens. Cuba is in some ways an example of sustainable development, but I worry a jump in tourism could ruin the beautiful undeveloped coastline and simple way of living.

 

6. Visiting the Baseball Stadium: This is by far one of my favorite experiences. In the IMG_5359United States it’s almost impossible to meet a baseball team, and if you have the opportunity to, you’ll probably pay a large sum for it. When we visited the Cienfuegos team’s stadium, we drove up in our white vans and they said of course we could go in. We found the team was practicing, and after entering inside they asked if we’d like to go on the field. We took pictures with the team, but more importantly were able to talk to them. They don’t get paid very much, and we were able to support them by buying signed baseballs!

5. Finding a chameleon on my own, conquering the steepest climb of my life, and swimming under a waterfall: It’s crazy how in Cuba so much happened in not just each day, but each location. Our day in the Escambray mountains was one of these days. We hiked down deep into a valley and when we reached the bottom we were rewarded with a beautiful waterfall to swim in. Although the hike back up was incredibly steep, Kelsey, Sarah, and I sang songs to motivate ourselves up the mountain, and we were proud when we reached the top. Along the way up, I was excited to find a chameleon, as our guide admitted that they are incredibly rare to find as they avoid humans.

4. Pinar Del Rio and the orchid gardens: I have a green thumb, especially for orchids, and I have 4 beautiful orchid plants in my apartment to date, so visiting Soroa, a botanical garden with over 700 varieties of orchids, was heaven to me. It was built by a Spanish man honoring his daughter, who died during childbirth. He built the $1.5 million garden because orchids were her favorite. It was incredibly beautiful, and I love that the Cuban government has preserved even after his death.

IMG_6256 (1)3. La Moka: I had studied La Moka in the Ecotourism class I took in the Spring, and you wouldn’t believe how excited I was to finally visit it in person. The hotel was built without cutting any trees, and in fact, a giant tree comes up through the middle of the lobby! I was able to talk to a zipline guide who told me that people are happier in La Moka. He said that the community isn’t any wealthier than places like Varadero (the beach), but that everyone has a better quality of life because everyone is employed and works together as a community.

2. The pottery place: My favorite thing we did was visiting a pottery shop that had been making pottery for 500 years. Here one of the grandfathers actually asked if we’d like to IMG_5469make pottery. I was able to sit in the chair and make pottery, with the hands of a legacy helping me. That type of once-in-a-lifetime experience is something you could only get in Cuba, and it is something I will remember forever.

1. The people: Despite all the amazing adventures we had, my favorite thing about Cuba was the people. From my classmates to our guides to our hosts to our drivers, every person was a joy to talk to, and every Cuban was willing to answer our questions. Our drivers didn’t speak English, but they made every day fun. Ernesto, our leader, took great care of us, and David and Domingo were amazing guides. I made so many friends on this trip and I’m so lucky to have had this experience. I loved every moment in Cuba, and I thank all the people that made it possible.

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Gracias!

Kaitlin Robb 

Cuba: My Eat, Pray, Love

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Day 1: We’re Not in USA Anymore

When our plane landed at the José Martí airport I felt as though I was in a movie. The movie was a mixture between The Wiz, Hallmark Channel, and Telemundo and I was the main character. Nevertheless, the film didn’t start smoothly. I was terrified of flying; a fear that was only intensified by the rough entry onto the landing strip. But rough landings are to be expected. What was not expected came next. Upon exiting the plane I realized there was no gate; only steps. The entire airport was one large room about the size of two high school gyms. However, the real culture shock came when I went to the restroom and discovered, THERE ARE NO TOILET SEATS IN CUBA. We met our wonderfully amazing guides at the airport and the rest of the day was spent getting a crash course on Cuban culture. You know that scene in every movie where the protagonist gets to a foreign city that starts with a montage of her walking down random alleys, taking pictures with and of the most obscure art, and wandering around until she winds up in the middle of the city and ends with the camera doing a 360 pan of her standing in the middle of a street to symbolize her taking in the rhythm of her new home. Replace the 80’s Pop with Cuban Son and that was how the rest of the first day in Cuba felt.

Packing List: Hand sanitizer, toilet paper, tennis shoes, camera charger, money for bathrooms, snacks that won’t melt, string backpack or purse that you don’t mind carrying

Tips: When converting money, get as many small bills as possible. You will thank me when you realize you tip at EVERY SINGLE MEAL. It is best to plan for tips when creating your budget. We tipped 2-3 Cuc every meal.

 

 

Days 2-3: When In Cuba, Do What the Cubans Do

What do the Cubans do? Judging by he amount of activities we packed into these three days, I’d say they do everything. We hiked through forests, swam in natural springs, danced in the street, took boats to the hidden Taino village, visited the Bay of Pigs Museum, and ate on the coast of the actual Bay of Pigs; and that was just the second day. The third day was all about Ché. It took less than five minutes at his mausoleum to understand just how important his legacy is to Cuba. Che’s mausoleum was like a holy ground where even the slightest hint of noise was forbidden. He is enshrined among many other fallen heroes, with little distinction between his tomb and the rest. Yet the single wall where his lone plaque lies is still enough to demand respect and show the amount of reverence people have for him to this day. Sadly, like all respected leaders there were no pictures allowed so to fully understand you have to visit yourself (which I highly suggest you do for all the locations described in the blog). The mausoleum was followed by a lighter trip to see the local professional baseball team. The Cienfuegos Elephants were a nice group although very few understood English. The few that understood my choppy Spanish  were eager to explain about their economic situations and their dreams of playing in America. One of the players, Ortiz, was even nice enough to sign my souvenir jersey for free.

Packing list: BUG SPRAY, SUNSCREEN, shorts, sandals, phone and camera chargers, money for souvenirs and tips, change of clothes if you plan on swimming

Tips: You can never have too much bug spray and sunscreen. If you think you have enough, bring extra to share with a friend. They will greatly appreciate it.

Days 4-6: It’s Time to Eat

And eat, and eat, and eat. I ate so much within these three days I think I gained ten pounds. It didn’t help that most of the activity was touring historic districts of cities where people are willing to sell you food for 50 cents. Lunch and dinner was always lobster, rice, salad, bread, desserts, etc. I would’ve kept eating too, if it wasn’t for the food poisoning. However, my sickness came just in time for me to miss out on the long hike up the mountain on day 6. Thank God! There was also plenty of dancing as Trinidad is a city that never sleeps and music fills your ears from sunrise to sunset. A night on the town steps was worth a month of Salsa lessons in the US. Everywhere you looked there were people of all ages dancing the Cuban Son better than most professionals I’ve ever seen.

Packing List: A nice sundress, money, sunscreen, camera, shorts, phone charger, and a light backpack or purse

Tips: This was when we learned you had to pay for wifi. I didn’t use more than three hours total the entire trip so don’t go crazy with the wifi cards. You really won’t stay in one place long enough to use a ton of wifi. Trust me, there is a lot more interesting things happening around you than there is on Facebook. You’ll live without it.

 

Days 7-8: Let Us Pray

Day 7 started with a much needed visit to a local Cuban church. Surprisingly, there was another group from South Carolina visiting as well. Their pastor was the guest of the church and was the leader of he sermon that day. Later we had the opportunity to sit in on Sunday School classes. I sat with the older students and talked with the teacher about the way the school and meals work in the small town. We learned that the church had an outreach group that visited families with disabled children. We were able to visit some of the families that the church helped and learn about their challenges and ways they receive help. They were very thankful that we came and grateful for the few gifts some of the other students brought. Lastly we visited an organic farm that was sponsored by the church and learned about the growing methods. The purpose of the farm is to provide food and economic opportunities for local families while teaching farmers about organic, sustainable growing methods. Day 8 was a return to La Habana with more touring and personal history lessons. The day ended with a musical performance from the infamous Buena Vista Social Club at one of the local restaurants. It doesn’t get more authentic than that!

Packing List: gifts for the children (baseball cards, baseballs, coloring items, dolls for any girls), bug spray, sunscreen, sandals, a mini bible, money, camera charger

Tips: My biggest regret of the trip is not having anything to give the families I visited. Don’t make the same mistake as me. You’ve been warned.

Day 9: And Then We Rested

Seriously it was a day of rest for me. I went with a small group to Chinatown to meet some of the descendants of Chinese immigrants and walked around downtown Habana. It was a calm day for the most part.

Packing List: sunscreen, camera, money for souvenirs

Tips: This was the best day to find souvenirs. Take advantage of the free time. You can sleep when you get back.

Days 10, Part 1: Love at First Sight

Day 10 was when I found it. I found where I wanted to have my wedding. It was the perfect mixture between rain forest, mountain, and garden. After yet another long van ride listening to the musical selections of the best chauffeurs Cuba has to offer,  we arrived at the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen, Orquideario Soroa. It is a beautiful orchid garden tucked away into the mountains. There is a lovely bridge in the middle of the garden with a view of the valley below. It is the most magical place for a wedding and 10 years from now when I find a husband that is where I will get married. Sadly my pictures don’t do it justice.

Packing List: bug spray, sunscreen, camera, bathing suit

Tips: There was a pretty waterfall  in the valley that we were able to swim in. The steps are no joke so be ready to burn some calories.

Day 10, Part 2: Going Out With a Bang

Surprise!!! Rooftop party at Sylvia’s!! Ernesto, the hero of my trip, the protector of the squad, the musical tour guide, the man of 100 jobs, and the man that does everything with the smile and aura of what can only be described as authentically Cuban, surprised us all with a rooftop performance of my favorite band in Cuba, Los Boys. How he made it happen is still a mystery but it was the best surprise of the trip. There was so much loud dancing and singing  that people in the streets below us joined in. We met the families of Domingo and David, our tour guides, and gave away shirts to the men that made the trip possible.

To everyone that made this magical trip possible,

Thank you for allowing me to live the life I’ve always wanted. Thank you for opening your hearts and homes. You will forever be remembered and I will forever be grateful.

With Love,

Victoria Roberson- Your long lost Cuban.

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~Hannah