Cat was the perfect partner in crime. She was ready to have a full day dedicated to a photo shoot.
After primping, we treated ourselves to a mojito (and the spectacular view from the grand garden) at Hotel Nacional, where we paid for wifi and checked in for our flight the next day. As I mentioned before, the wifi was very unreliable & it was easy to to “disconnect” after checking in. Besides, living in the moment is preferred in Cuba.
Once again, we booked Narki for the day & we headed to La Habana Vieja for some glamour shots.
Sweaty and all, we wobbled through the cobble stone streets of La Habana Vieja in our stiletto heels, dresses, and full hair & make up. We took turns shooting each other & soon, Narki, himself, became our official photographer, directing us & shooting on our phones.
Walking down the streets in our fancy outfits & making heads turn, made us feel like superstars! At one point, I remember Cat saying, “These people wish they were living our photoshoot… or nah?!” Lol it was cute.
Not cocky, but confidently, we walked through the streets, spinning, laughing, dancing, holding hands, & interacting with the locals by waiving, blowing kisses, talking, posing & stopping to buy gifts.
At El Morro, we got the best view of our entire visit! We caught the sunset & snapped some great shots… we told Narki, that of our entire trip, this was his winning suggestion.
*Here are a few tips for visiting Cuba:
1. Don’t be afraid. After experiencing this beautiful country, I must say, they seem very happy, welcoming & well balanced. Tourism is alive & well there. U.S. citizens are the only newbies.
2. U.S. tourist travel to Cuba remains prohibited. You must obtain a license from the Department of Treasury or your travel must fall into one of 12 categories of authorized travel listed here.
3. Book your place through Airbnb. Hotels can be pricey in Cuba. Get the experience of living like a local, surrounded by locals! Click here to book where we stayed.
4. U.S. CARDS WILL NOT WORK THERE! Take enough cash to cover your entire stay. In fact, whatever you think you will spend, take $100-$200 “emergency cash” more than that. Trust me! *The Cuban government requires that travelers declare cash amounts over 5,000 USD.
4. The Government of Cuba charges a 10% fee for all U.S. dollar cash conversions. This does not apply to electronic transactions or other currencies. *We used Euros that we had from our travels to exchange there.
5. Take lots of hand sanitizer! Other than the bar form, soap is hard to find.
6. Be ready to be “disconnected.” Finding wifi is like finding a unicorn in Cuba. Enjoy the people around you & live in the moment!
7. Have fun!!! Enjoy every minute of it!
*Contact Narki (our taxi driver & photographer) by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Cover photo/ Feature photo edited by Gustavo Gonzalez