Series: 5 secret signs that you are in Cuba

 

When you are in Cuba you will know it in a second, because beside rum, tobacco and salsa the main signs that you are in Cuba are:

 

  1. Old Cars

Quite stereotypical for Cuba, but it is really one of the first thing every visitor recognizes. These pre revolutionary cars are still shining, polished and driving hundreds of people around every day.  And not only the cars are ols, also trains, trucks and everything that has to do with transportation will make you realize how creative cubans are to keep old things in a very good condition.

Old but still shiny
Old but still shiny

Oldtimer in the streets of La Habana

  1. No real timetables

In Cuba, everything a bus, a car or a train comes when it comes. Than can be today, tomorrow or in three days. And nobody will be able to tell you exactly when the transport is arriving or leaving. Overland  trucks for people will start when the space is full. That can be 6am or 6pm. If you want to travel in Cuba you will train your patience without doubt.

 

Sometimes you can wait inside, even the driver is not there.
Sometimes you can wait inside, even the driver is not there.

 

 

  1. Political street art

Street art and graffiti are normally a form of protest and resistance. In Cuba you can see also the very conform and political government supporting streetart.

These always repeating and nostalgic pieces of sort are giving the streets this unique flair you can only discover in Cuba.

Tu ejemplo vive, tus ideas perduran
Tu ejemplo vive, tus ideas perduran

 

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4. Natural Paradise

If you open your eyes and you can’t see nothing than real nature around you, you are probably in Cuba. Especially the small towns and the eastern coast is like a trip to the surrealistic landscapes of the magic realism in latin america.

Abandoned beaches, so natural that even the coconut leaves are still there, quietness and peace and only the sound of the ocean…. that is the wild side of Cuba.

magical reaslism becomes real!
An abandoned beach: magical reaslism becomes real!
Nothing but nature in Baracoa.
Nothing but nature in Baracoa.

 

 

  1. ‘Pizza de queso’

I know.. Cuba has a lot to offer, one of the best rums, cigars, culture, beaches… But the food is definitely not one of the things that are known by the world. But still, Cubans eat everyday and if they don’t eat rice, beans and meat they love the cheese pizza. This pizza is more like a thick  pancake like base, topped with some ketchup salsa and cuban melted cheese. Sometimes you get them clapped together, sometimes the cheese is not yet melted and sometimes you have to wait ages for your pizza but it is the number one street food in Cuba, no matter where you go.

The famous but unspectacular 'pizza'
The famous but unspectacular ‚pizza‘
Everything is out, but pizza is still there...
Everything is out, but pizza is still there…
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