Greetings from Cuba! We’re up with a new adventure, and changing diapers is not one of the main sports included this time! Richard and I decided to do a 3-day getaway to Havana, having some time alone and getting our batteries recharged. We’re so blessed to be able to rely on my mother-in-law to look after Olivia. So, while we’re in Cuba working on our couple quality time, Olivia is having a good time spending 4 days with her grandma. Let’s say this is kind of like our third honeymoon.
The true is that we were looking for cheap flights, and we found a great deal from Costa Rica to Havana, and since we are looking to be extra adventurers this year we just went for it.
Visiting Cuba is becoming more popular lately, but while doing some research we realized it means a bit more of logistics since things work pretty different in this beautiful country, but I swear at the end of the day it’s not so complicated and totally worth it. We’ll be sharing in a future post a little bit of the things we had to do in order to have everything in place before coming to Cuba, such as Visas, money currency, accommodations, among many others.
We arrived on Wednesday about 4 pm, after a long day. First we woke up 2-hours later than the time set on our alarms and of course, arrived to the airport just 1 hour prior our departure, almost missing our flight. We did a connecting flight in Panama City, where we realized we forgot our camera card reader, so we went on a mission to find something to download the pics from the camera to the computer during our stay in Cuba… We ended up buying a super cheap camera to use it as a card reader, and after that everything went smooth. Although, the landing in Cuba was the hardest I’ve experienced in my life, probably because of the wind, it felt like the airplane was shaking from left to right over the landing track, but nothing to be alarmed of.As soon as we came out of the airport, we felt like we were back in time, which is just impossible to not talk about it. Seeing all these old cars, 50’s & 60’s models, is a complete spectacle. After checking-in at our hotel we went to the Old Havana to grab some dinner and get our first sights of the city. This place is full of culture, amazing food, people in the streets wanting to make new friends, music and dance in every corner.
We walked around a little bit until we arrived to La Plaza de la Catedral, where we were told it was a great full of restaurants to have dinner and enjoy live music.
A friendly couple from England randomly approached us while trying to decide which restaurant to pick and recommended us one called “Esto no es un Cafe” restaurant, located right on the Calle El Chorro. Richard asked for the most local dish which is called Ropa Vieja, that’s beef cooked, frayed and sautéed with peppers, onions and olives and yucca. it was sooo good!
We were in the mood for some sweets so we ordered one of the most exotic dessert I’ve seen, a chocolate crêpe with a shoot of Havana Club old rhum. The best part was to see the waiter flaming up the rhum before pouring it over the crêpe. I’d totally recommend it.Not to mention the live Cuban music on the background, making us blend with the Old Havana ambient right away, just the perfect way to close an amazing first night in Cuba.