Traveling to Cuba had been on my bucket list for years. My dad was from Jamaica and had talked about his visits to the largest country in the Caribbean so that’s probably where I got my desire from. Since visits had been closed to Americans for over 50 years I never got the opportunity. Living in Florida off and on for the majority of my life made it even worse because it was so close.
Once Barack Obama said that travel to Cuba would be open in late 2016, I called my mom (who also was dying to go) and we immediately booked a flight to Havana with my husband and then 8 year old daughter. We planned on staying 4 days over Spring Break and had no clue what to expect.
What we found out was that Havana and the people of Cuba were amazing! We visited museums and art galleries, drank mojitos and local beer and met lots of great people. The trip was so great that I’m headed back with a girlfriend to experience it again.
I’m not sure what’s going to happen with US/Cuba relations in the future but I do know that keeping those relations open would be beneficial to both sides getting to know each other better. There are many reasons why some don’t want the relationship to continue. What I know is that Cuba got in my blood and I want to get to know it even better.
I’ll have another blog post about my second trip to Cuba after I return!