Havana, Cuba: Photo Essay

Havana, Cuba: Photo Essay

We were looking forward to visiting Cuba. We had heard the people were amazing but beyond that we really knew little of the country. After spending a week there, we realized that a week was not enough!

DSC_5902shrunkWe did learn a few things while there:

  • “The government pretends to pay us, and we pretend to work” was what one of our tour guides told us.
  • Most Cubans are all paid the same. It equals about $20 USD/month.
  • Things in Cuba cost the same as they do in North America.
  • Cubans are given rations of food and clothing (we’re not sure how much exactly).
  • Cuba has two different currencies, one for the locals and one for tourists. The local currencies is worth pennies.
  • Tourism is one of the best paid industries due to tips.
  • A lot of the hotel staff are actually professors and doctors that quit their profession to serve you food and make your bed. Humbling.
  • Everyone hustles to make more money than the government pays.
  • It’s very safe in Cuba.
  • Everyone expects you to tip them.
  • Always pack your own toilet paper.
  • Americans are allowed in Cuba, but they must fly through another country to get there (please don’t go and open a McDonald’s, you already have those everywhere).
  • Cubans are allowed to leave the country if they receive an invitation or if they leave for work. If they leave for work, they must pay the Cuban government 75% of their wages from the country they are working in.
  • There are as many Cuban cops are there are citizens.
  • Everyone hitchhikes and depending on the color of your license plate, you are required to pick up hitchhikers. There are many different color plates in Cuba, we can’t remember what they all mean.

We will visit Cuba again, hopefully next time we’ll be more fluent in Spanish.



Do you think this fake cop knows who he looks like?


This woman would sing the word “money” to get peoples attention. Her voice was so incredibly amazing it gave us chills. It was loud enough to echo and was pitch perfect. We wish we had video taped it.



Typical side street


Local bus transportation









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  1. Don't Forget To Move 10 years ago

    Great photos! We absolutely loved Cuba. The vibrance, the music, the people and the life. I’m not sure if you’d ever have enough time there. We spent almost a month and still feel like we missed so much. Oh well, just another reason to head back 🙂

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      Chasing Adventure 10 years ago

      Thanks! We really enjoyed our time there, we would definitely go back as well 🙂

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