I stepped back in time with the two best friends a girl could ask for. Havana, Cuba was unlike any place I’d ever been.
From the bright colored homes, classic cars, and heart of the Cuban people, nothing was more spirited.
We saw Fusterlandia (above) and admired the beautiful works of art. Then, we sampled different rums, savored the most delicious (and only) flaming coffee I’d ever had, and I had my first cigar, which I loved! We brought several back 😉
From Old Havana, to Mafia Mojitos, we soaked in every experience.
Getting lost around the capital.
And come on, our balcony view was right near the famous Malecón!
We also caught El Morro cannon celebration and the most breathtaking sunset! What a way to end a trip of a lifetime.
Please- If you are from the U.S., do not let what is going on right now steer you away from this incredible country. I urge you to see it for yourself. You can get a visa at the airport like we did for support of the Cuban people. Stay at an AirBnB and exchange money beforehand. All things were actually less of a hassle than we expected.
This is one place you will be so happy you didn’t miss!
Beyond stoked to announce that my second chapbook, The Shedding Before the Swell, is now available from Dancing Girl Press!
So grateful and happy to have Ashvin Harrison‘s beautiful work gracing the cover.
Stay tuned for the date and details of the launch party!
There will always be beauty in tragedy, this I’ve come to know.
Surely you’ve heard about it in the news over the past year. Due to the absolute devastation Hurricane Maria brought the island of Puerto Rico, the battered island is still healing but moving forward. El Yunque, its beloved rainforest, still looks beautiful but will take nearly decades to truly recover. With the changes, new species of flora and fauna will appear.
In the short time I was here, it was difficult to imagine what it looked like before- all around me it was still so lush, green, and thriving. Colorful streets and smiling people. The pride that beats down like the hot sun. This is what I will take with me from this place- the bounce back. The miracle of life and the sense of love and hope it brings. The strength of a whole community overcoming the odds together. The ability to not only survive, but to prosper.
Here is an insight to my time there:
Walking around the colorful Condado, glimpsing the sunrise at Ocean Beach and catching the sunset at Atlantic Beach.
My new favorite dish- Mofongo!
Heart of Old San Juan
El Yunque National Forest
What a sweet way to bring in 28 years.
Keep living. Keep overcoming. Keep thriving.