Timeworn but magnificent, dilapidated but dignified, fun yet maddeningly frustrating – Cuba is a country of indefinable magic says travel writer with Urban Espresso public relations Gabbi Brondani.
Brondani says that before she went to Havana, Cube – she had to do some research on the country. She adds that from the moment she arrived at the airport, she literally felt like she was stuck in the 50’s.
On arriving at Havana airport, there are no branded stores – and the same goes for the city says Brondani. She adds that there are no chain stores, no conventional grocery stores, no Starbucks or well-known coffee outlets.
It feels like you’ve stepped into a time machine and gone way back in time.— Gabbi Brondani, travel writer with Urban Espresso
Cuba is a country where you can wave goodbye to everyday assumptions and expect the unexpected says Brondani. She adds that the capital of Cuba, Havana - is one of the most spectacular cities shes ever visited.
Brondani says that the embargo that was placed on Cuba by the US in the 60s, is very much still felt in Cuba today. She adds that basic commodities are not easily available in Havana.
Brondani says that there are no direct flights from SA to Havana, she adds that this provides an opportunity to travel to another destination. The great thing about Havana is that it’s near a few Caribbean islands says Brondani. One great option is Cancun she adds.
Brondani says that if you’re planning your trip, you could have trouble booking certain accommodation via American websites. She adds that it’s advised to use an online site called Cuba Travel Network, which is actually a great place to start researching.
It will take quite a long time for Havana to embrace and get that Western American influence integrated into their culture.— Gabbi Brondani, travel writer with Urban Espresso
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