The Cuban Money Exchange
The Cuban government requires you to pay 10% penalty fee if you exchange your dollars for their CUC currency. The taxi is quite expensive $30USD for a 20-minute ride to the center, but the people are at least authentic. As soon as I land, I feel safe.
Dance, Music, Mojito, and Coconuts
If you ask me what Cuba is about, I would say that Cuba is about dance, about Mojito, about coconut, about music. Yes, that’s Cuba.
Every restaurant has its own live band and its customers just start dancing and immerse themselves into the music. All I want to do at first is to test out my new Nikon lens and take hundreds of photos but it is impossible not to get caught up in this tropical music wave.
It should also be noted that the Cuban government deliberately disables wifi in the country so that when people visit they think only about the dance, the Mojito, the coconut and the music.
I take a random path back home following my heart rather than a map. As I walk through several neighborhoods, Cuban guys, old and young, shout at me “Chica! Chica! (“Lady” in English)” I am not the type of person to get offended and turn my head and make sure to give each and every one of them a friendly smile.
That’s how I meet Rancarlo, the shoe repairer. I end up helping him repairing his clients’ shoes 🙂
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