August 20, 2019

My experience in Cuba

Posted on February 12, 2019 by in Op-Ed

My experience in Cuba

Frida Larios
Chronicle reporter

During winter break, my parents and I visited Cuba to see the country for what it really is before it possibly changes.

Throughout our one week trip, we went to six different cities in Cuba, the first being Havana. Right when you land you realize how different this country is. You’ll rarely see any advertisements on build boards or posters, and you definetley will not see any offers for free wifi or wifi at all, which is really scary at first, but turns out to be a super refreshing detox.

Right when you step out of the airport you’ll see colorful, vintage cars waiting for you to get a ride.

Once you drive into the capital (Havana), you see that every building is very old, some more preserved than others. There are lots of Spanish style buildings that will make you think for a second that you are in Europe instead of Cuba.

The local people in Cuba are some of the kindest people I have ever met. With wifi and internet being very hard to get in all of Cuba, people don’t really focus on what they don’t have but instead they enjoy everything they do have. They welcome you with warm smiles and after a few minutes of talking, they will treat you as if they have known you their whole lives.

During my short visit, I learned so much about Cuba’s history and culture and do hope I can go back in the near future. Going to this country should be on every travelers bucket list.

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