July 19 - August 3 2016:

2 weeks, 13 cities, and 3000km later, my lifelong dream of traveling Cuba is complete. With a backpack in hand, 2 compañeros by my side (Elaina Nakhleh and Sebastian Blati), and our starry-eyed longing for adventure, we set off on our journey. Navigating our rental car with only a paper map, and no pre-booked accommodation, our faith in the country allowed us to meet the most interesting of characters and enter the humblest of homes.  

All photos taken on my Sony A7R, with a 24-70mm F2.8 lens. Click on the images to enlarge them. 

 

CIENFUEGOS: 

Our next stop was Cienfuegos, once the pearl of Cuba. We arrived here knowing nothing about the city, so we were pleasantly surprised at the architectural beauties it beholds. Our host was the lovely Leonor Martinez, who insisted we call her our 'abuela Cubana' (Cuban grandmother). 

Leonor's home.

Leonor's home.

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Our host, Leonor, was a University professor and a qualified pianist. She had the charm and wit of a young adult. 

Our host, Leonor, was a University professor and a qualified pianist. She had the charm and wit of a young adult. 

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Leonor with her late husband, Diego.

Chess is considered very important to practice in Cuba. Most children attend chess classes after school. 

Palacio de Valle; formerly one of Batista's casinos/playground for Americans. Beautiful combination of gothic, moorish and baroque architecture.