Category Archives: Cuba

Day at the Hair Salon in Havana: Where & How to Get Your Hair Done in Cuba

Hair Salons in Havana seem to be everywhere now since the Cuban government lifted some restrictions on private entrepreneurship about a decade ago, allowing for certain small businesses to form. Since then, legal hair salons have sprung up in backyards, porches, living rooms, and other parts of Cuban homes throughout the country. This is why it’s […]

How to Legally Travel to Cuba in 5 Easy Steps (After Trump Changes)

The Trump Administration’s amendments to Cuban Assets Control and Regulation (CACR) have caused a ripple effect of doubt and misconceptions regarding travel to Cuba. In the midst of the hyperbole regarding the latest changes, many travelers have decided to cancel their flights or travel plans to Cuba. However, the changes enacted on November 8, 2017, were relatively […]

2018 Guide to Havana’s Best Nightlife, Art Scene, Restaurants, & More

I first began traveling to Cuba in late 2015. Like many others, I’d been intrigued by the elusive island for years. Upon finally stepping foot on Cuban soil, I was captivated. The island embraced me with open arms and squeezed me tightly. Two months later, I was back. I had to see more. I “hitchhiked” from […]

Travel to Cuba After Trump: My Thoughts & What The Legal Changes Mean

A lot of folks have been asking me about the legal changes announced on June 16, 2017, by President Trump. I’ve been quiet about it for many reasons: 1) I’ve been busy traveling throughout Central Asia since Trump’s announcement; 2) The changes are still pending official implementation by the Treasury and Commerce departments; and 3) It’s a […]

Eating Healthy in Cuba, the Country of Scarcity

In Cuba, the country of scarcity, healthy eating takes a back seat in the country’s long list of priorities. Lovers of healthy eating or those with nutritional requirements headed for Cuba may face some hurdles. But with preparation and knowledge, it is possible to eat nutritiously in Cuba. Whether you’re moving long-term or touring for a short period, I will […]

Cuban Class System: Who is Rich in Cuba?

Fidel Castro’s vision for post-revolution Cuba was an independent nation without classism. He preached for a Cuba where everyone has access to education, healthcare, and basic necessities. These intentions enthralled some folks, while others (most of the affluent class) fearfully fled in massive waves. While Castro did succeed in some aspects–Cuba has one of the highest literacy rates […]

Facts About Life in Cuba from Baracoa to Havana

I returned from my first trip to Cuba sporting a glowing tan, whistling to the hymns of the Buena Vista Social Club, and expressing a newfound snootiness for coffee. My more recent trip to Cuba, however, was less romanticized and involved a more “nacional” experience where I gained a more in-depth perspective of life on the island. Along […]