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Photo Journal: Discovering Cuba

Cuba is on the brink of massive change. I went to explore the Caribbean island before mass tourism hits.

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^ This is one of the coolest spots in Havana – the rooftop bar above La Guarida restaurant. A sun-downer here before dinner is a must.

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^ Although the squares of Old Havana attract a fair few tourists, they are worth exploring – especially for rare quiet moments like this one.

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^ The view from the rooftop of my apartment – quite a spot for a sunrise breakfast.

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^ One of my highlights was taking a sunrise jog along the coastline of Havana every morning.

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^ Exploring Havana on foot means you’ll be constantly stopping to look up and admire the crumbling facades and colonial-style balconies.

 

^ Breakfast with a view.

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^ What better way to tour Havana and visit Hemingway’s villa than in a Buick ’59 with an original V8 engine?

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^ The inevitable selfie with my guide and driver in our classic car.

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^ Sunrise from my homestay in Havana.

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^ As you can tell, a lot of my time was spent in various rooftop restaurants and bars. This one is in Trinidad, one of the prettiest towns in Cuba. From this restaurant, I could hear the local music drifting up from the cobbled streets below.

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^ A typical street in Trinidad.

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^ From Trinidad, I took a day trip to Topas de Collantes, where I went on a hike through the caves. After the hike, the jungle pools and waterfalls are welcome spots in which to cool off.

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^ As part of a trip into the national park, I stopped at a coffee plantation to learn how to make coffee – Cuban style (rum optional!).

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^ Trinidad is home to many artists and some of the studios double up as mojito or piña colada bars.

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^ Another classic Trinidad street scene. Every street in this city is a work of art.