Cuba 2016

I visited Cuba the first week of June 2016 and stayed in a small house in Nautico, near outer Havana. We explored around the city and ventured to inner Havana, out to Baracoa and Matanzas. Cuba is a different experience - a wonderful break from the traditional vacation spot and a great place to detach from the societal norm. Wonderful people, beautiful architecture, and a society so rich and proud it makes it hard to leave.

I had a great travel book, Lonely Planet Cuba, that I feel describes the country perfectly:

Cuba is like a prince in a poor man's coat: behind the sometimes shabby facades, gold dust lingers. It's these rich dichtomies that make travel here the exciting, exhhilirating roller-coaster ride it is. Trapped in a time warp and reeling from an economic embargo that has grated for more than half a centure, this is a country where you can wave goodbye to Western certanties and expect the unexpected...

I was in Cuba with Christ Rose Revolution Fund, an educational group whose mission statement is appropriately "Furthering Discoveries". has been on the grounds of Cuba for the past four years and have been recognized by the Cuban community, students, and institution as a member. If you want to experience the authentic side of Cuba - contact my friends and partner Natalie Rose y Jaan'Clement of In whatever way you would like, be it educational engagement (which they specialize in) or just a discovery or for business interest and more - they have the access and the people. They can be contacted via their websie or via their Cuba number (+53)55512612.

Armed with my Pentax K-5 and simply my phone, a Galaxy S5, these are my pictures from the trip.