So I’m a bit behind on my blogging seeing as I’ve been home for three weeks already. It is so easy just to get swept back into my life, but I still have some more pics and adventure to share from Cuba.
I arrived in the hotel in Habana where we were going to stay and met up with my mom and a bunch of other Bellinghamsters that I have been taking classes with. It was so great to see familiar faces and speak really really fast in English. That first night we went to a music venue in what used to be the French embassy. It was very beautiful and a fabulous band played. All of the band members were women, and it really made me miss playing with BEET. Mostly we watched the band, but we danced a little too and got to meet some of our dance instructors and the other participants in our program.
Our pattern every day was to have salsa class from 10am-1pm with the last hour being folkloric dance. Our teachers were some of the choreographers of Raíces Profundas, one of the top folkloric dance companies in Habana, and our partners for the class were all dancers in the company. We got to see one of their performances one night and it was absolutely mind-blowing.
After eating a quick lunch we would get on the tour bus and go on some cultural excursion, and then after dinner we’d go out to a club or concert to dance some more. Well now that I’ve rambled a bit, I’m just going to go on with the photos now, so enjoy 🙂
After a week in Habana, a bunch of us loaded into three vans and headed to the coastal town of Trinidad, much calmer and smaller than the capital but amazingly beautiful. There were almost no cars and all of the streets were cobblestones…
I was told several times before going there that it is great as a tourist, but the life there is super hard for Cubans. This is definitely the case in some ways as many people don’t have a lot of expendable money or very much material wealth, but the extreme poverty that we have in this country and many others, doesn’t exist there. Nobody is homeless, and everyone has what they need to survive. I didn’t talk politics much with people there, because I never do, but I thought this difference was interesting.
I would go back in a heartbeat; in fact I’m hoping to study abroad there at my next school if I can. It will be wonderful to reconnect with my friends there, although it’s hard to stay connected in the meantime with little to no internet access there.
It was definitely a unique experience to go here. I really fell in love with the beauty and the emphasis on arts within the culture. If anyone has the opportunity to visit Cuba, I would definitely suggest taking it!
Besos, abrazos, y saludos,