There’s a certain surreal air to Cuba. Maybe it’s the heat, maybe it’s the teeming plazas, or the avenues of perfectly kempt buildings next to crumbling ones. Things are both worn down and immaculate, from the people to the cars to the streets themselves. Downtown Havana was, of course, far more of a tourist destination than our first location in Santa Fe. Many more people spoke English and were excited to coerce us into their taxis.
We waded through endless isles of merchandize in Almacenes San Jose to find hidden gems of handmade goods, walked through the colorful districts and dodged vintage Japanese motorcycles and classic Fords and Chevrolets in the tight cobbled side streets. Almost every corner was overflowing with bustle and spectacle.
Our second home base was the Miramar neighborhood, just west of downtown. The house had a beautiful front patio, perfect for a private little cup (or three) of coffee and breakfast before jumping into the sites of Old Havana. We were across from a park and just down the street from a lively fruit stand and combo diner/car wash.
I had an amazing time in Cuba, there’s nothing quite like it. It was a beautiful opportunity to connect with the Cuban people, soak in the art and culture, and to get immersed in a place so different from my own experience.
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens - Very flattering, affordable prime lens for portraits
JOBY GorillaPod - Great for stabilizing on the go
Wireless Remote - I've used this for self portraits!
Canon EOS Rebel T3i Digital SLR Camera Body (discontinued) - My camera is discontinued, but they've continued the Ti series. I love the articulating screen.