When I think of Cuba, I always think of my first night back in Havana after a break. I recall the busy atmospheric streets, the snapshots of lives lived out in the open, and the unmistakable aromas: tropical papaya mixed with tobacco leaf, petrol and musty carpets. Cuba is a forbidden fruit, a complex country of head-scratching contradictions, which, however many times you visit, will never adequately answer all your questions. Most of all I love Cuba’s musicality, robust culture, wonderfully preserved history, and the fact that it can frustrate you one minute and unexpectedly inspire you the next. Brendan Sainsbury, Author.
Havana Hop On Hop Off Bus:
It sounds very touristy and it is, but what a great way to see Havana in a few hours. Best of all, one of the stops, cementerio de Colon, is just across the road from where I am staying.