Last month, my friend Kim and I spent 12 days roaming around Cuba together. This was my second time to the island and her first, so I was excited to pretend to play tour guide and travel to new places together too. We spent much of our time at a lovely AirBnB in the Centro Habana neighborhood of Havana, a stone's throw from downtown Old Havana but still far enough away from the tourist traps.
A street scene near our AirBnB. Not wanting to be weighed down by my digital camera, I brought an old Kodak Brownie with me on this trip, which is basically a plastic box with a lens. I think the nostalgia of it lends itself well to the timelessness of Havana, and the slow shutter speed created some interesting movement in shots like this one.
Some freshly painted buildings across from the Capitolio in Habana Vieja.
Away from the hustle and bustle, we took a day trip to Finca Tungasuk in the provence of Artemisa, less than an hour's drive west of Havana. Run by a Nicaraguan chef (whose food was easily the best we had in Cuba) and her family, the farm is a model for regenerative and sustainable agriculture on an island increasingly threatened by climate change. As volunteers there, we planted onions, potted up seedlings, and cooled off in a nearby waterfall.
On our search for beautiful beaches and quiet towns, we ended up in Camaguey, a provence toward the eastern/central part of the island. Despite nearly everyone in Havana telling us Camaguey was too boring, we enjoyed the clean streets, cheap food, and did I say beautiful beaches? This bus stop scene caught my eye as we were waiting to catch a ride from Santa Lucia beach back to Camaguey city.
We also really enjoyed the Playas del Este in Havana, just about a half hour bus ride from downtown. The Noreasters hitting the US at the time gave us some wind and clouds, but it sure beats shoveling snow!