What is Cuba? Cuba is a dream for a Russian tourist, a destination where many people would really like to go.
The increased interest on the part of our fellow citizens in this island is due to both rational and completely irrational reasons. So why is everyone so eager to get there?
1) This is unusual. Rest there is nothing to compare. This is not for you to fly to Turkey / Egypt / Spain / UAE. This is not even Thailand. This is a place that you can tell about acquaintances and unfamiliar people, and they will listen to you and listen to your every word; after all, these are stories about rest on the other side of the world, where “everything is different.” And it’s really “different” there. How exactly? You can talk for days …
2) This is cool. This is the island of freedom, on which rum, girls, cigars … and all in unlimited quantities. The dream of any bachelor
3) It is beautiful. Indeed, the beaches in Cuba can be described as “like in a bounty advertisement.” And everyone immediately understands, and everyone immediately wants to go there. Huge sandy coastline; spreading palm trees; luxurious, warm and wonderfully transparent ocean; light breeze and guarantee of good sunny weather …
If you still have not wanted to go there, then you know too little about this country!
It so happened that this summer the dream of many people came true with me. I spent 2 amazing weeks in Cuba, which for many reasons will remain in my memory forever.
I will say right away: I prepared in advance for my trip: I studied forums on the Internet, read reviews of people who visited Cuba. I even learned the language, although I went to see my relatives. But already boarding the plane on the flight Moscow-Havana, I began to doubt my “preparedness”, and getting off the board at the airport of Havana, with every day of my stay there I became more and more convinced of this.
The first real problem I encountered is a language one. Cubans are very good-natured, emotional and extremely chatty people. The vast majority of them speak only Spanish, but their Spanish is a kind of “Cuban Spanish”: with an accent, with the replacement of individual letters (depending on the province), with words without endings and the incredible speed of speech inherent in all Latin Americans. English can only be explained in public places, for example, in a cafe (and only if they are located somewhere in the center) or on excursions. At the same time, more or less tolerable English is only among young people, while the “aunts” who sell excursions have such a strong emphasis that, probably, only a native speaker can separate it. For all the time of my stay I heard Russian speech only twice and both times in frankly tourist places.
The second problem: transport. More precisely, the lack of transport. More precisely, the lack of accessible vehicles. There are 2 tourist sightseeing routes throughout Havana. Regular buses are crowded, as, however, are the more expensive minibuses. Excursions to neighboring provinces are quite expensive (compared to the real costs of a tour operator). In this sense, “acquaintances”, especially “acquaintances” with taxi drivers, are very helpful. The ideal option is, of course, renting a car, but .. and there are some nuances, the main of which again concerns the language barrier.
Cuba is a unique country, but when you visit Varadero for 10 days, you will never know. Yes, you can relax on a gorgeous beach. Yes, you can buy 1-2 excursions at the hotel. But … but such a vacation is not worth a 12-hour flight from Moscow. This is mine, IMHO. To see Cuba, so that later you can talk about Cuba, you need to look at Cuba through the eyes of the Cuban.
You can’t even imagine how this Cuba differs from Cuba by the usual beach-tourist. Paradoxically, even the beaches themselves are different. The beaches that the locals know are much less public. It really looks like a paradise where you can have a great photo shoot.
During my stay in Cuba, I had a chance to go on an excursion from a tour operator and I was finally convinced that to be in places where all tourists are transported strictly in time, for example, from 10 to 16, is at least boring.
Thanks to “my Cuban,” I learned what draft rum and cigarettes are that cannot be bought in tobacco shops. Thanks to him, I learned that lobsters can be eaten not only in restaurants. Thanks to him, my wife fulfilled her mini-dream of eating kilogram shrimps. Thanks to him, I elementarily got acquainted with life in Cuba “from the inside”, I was able to pull my Spanish from zero to a completely basic level)))