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. 

 

ON THE ROAD: 

The beauty of traveling around by car is passing through villages and towns that one would never have done originally. Some of these places didn't have names, some weren't even on the map. It was in these spaces in between that we got to experience true Cuban life. 

Aleida welcome me into her home, after I noticed her working away on her old Singer sewing machine. 

Here she is, proudly telling me about her grandson Luis, who attends school in Havana. 

Seen here trying to get me to stay for lunch. Universal law of grandmothers: feed whoever enters your house!

La primera cena de la Revolucion: we stumbled across this coal miner's home (now a memorial), where Castro spent his first Christmas Eve dinner of the revolution, in 1959. 

The memorial contained a small library with the best collection of books regarding Cuban history, politics and art.