Havana is undoubtedly one of the most unique places in the world. Forget any mobile internet and smart phones, glossy buildings, fast foods, brands and all other “stuff” related to capitalist life, and be captivated by the simple and unique way of life, while slowly discovering the history that remains the heritage of humanity.
Cuba is a country that still has a little touch of capitalism. However, already you can find Coca-Cola in some restaurants, although that does not mean that time passes quickly for those who live in the reality of a dictatorship. In the old capital of Havana, which is the capital city, province, major port, and leading commercial center of Cuba, days seem to stay still and the clock seems to not spinning. It is true that the city is lack of structure, but it does not take away the charm of the old buildings with its painting and balconies reflecting to the times in the past.
Some say that the country is poor, but the people have such happy spirit, that can guarantee to welcome any visitors with a broad smile and enthusiast comment about worldwide. In the busy and confusing streets, cars – true antiques – mingle with passengers, bikes, pedestrians, and children playing. Indeed, lovers of old cars could not find a better place than Cuba.
Be sure to walk the Paseo del Prado and note every detail until you get to the Capitol. In the afternoon, try the amazing tropical heat with an ice cream at Coppelia, and at the end of the day, get to the Malecon where the sunset on the boardwalk stretches for several kilometers on the seafront of this simple, yet spectacular island.
Meeting the aura of Havana means to leave behind prejudices and look into the history of people who live and still live in the consequences of their revolution. Fidel and Che figures are stamped on the streets and in the mind of a nation that prides itself on tradition and lives among the sound of rock and roll and baseball games.
Beautiful beaches bathed by the Caribbean Sea, alleys marked by rough weather, spectacular cars, cheap restaurants and much, much history are the key ingredients of this spectacular city. Visitors can walk without fear of falling in love with the atmosphere that can provide the past decades.