CUBA PARTE DOS | HAVANA | CUBAN CORRIDORS
When was the last time you truly remember disconnecting from everything? The second part of my Cuban adventure, transported me to the beautiful and ever popular port city of Havana; where I attempted to do exactly that - disconnect!... in style of-course :) My everyday La Habana gear consisted of mom-style jean shorts, a variety of crop tops to mix and match, white sneakers and that classic fedora to cop that Cuban flair.
Wifi was not exactly easily available everywhere (blessing in disguise) if you're looking to escape our overly connected world. Havana is the true definition of a city preserved in a time capsule. Walking the cobblestone streets, discovering hole in the wall cafe's and restaurant gems was such a treat for the foodie in me. Here's where packing smart gets important when you want to eat and drink to your hearts content and still look fabulous while feeling comfortable. So, take my lead and tap into the power of pairing the right pieces together for multiple outfit combos, as we all know packing light is no easy task.. allow for a healthy dose of loose tees and colourful shirts that you can knot up for the perfect fit and high waisted bottoms to cover up that after-lunch ‘baby’ bump.
Hands down one of my favourite ways to discover Havana was by biking through the incredible Cuban corridors and labyrinth street passages with its vivid art forms boasting creative handcrafts and paintings, stunning architecture, statues and fountains to the common assembly of heritage buildings with their visually striking colour contrasts. All of it just gave me a dizzying array of wardrobe pairing options like vibrant floral prints with classic denim. It complemented the colourful Cuban corridors. Or opt for a neutral clothing colour palette so you always stand out amongst the vibrancy of Habana. It was liberating to loose layers and show some skin. Not to mention sporting a perma-tan can make you feel like one of the locals.. let's say I felt like I fit right in. Make sure to snag some authentic coconut water, Cuban coffee and local delicatessens like Cuban flan that I often stopped for.. don't worry, you'll burn it all off with the heat and humidity.
Cubans have managed to enshrine their national heroes and it's fair to say that you won't get further than a block or so without seeing images of Fidel, Che or Marti. And of-course let's not forget Ernest Hemingway, Hotel Ambos Mundos (my humble abode while I was there) and those oh-so-wonderful classic cars of different sizes and colours. The vibe of Havana made wardrobe colour combo concerns a thing of the past. There was so much room to experiment and step out of your comfort zone. I say, while in Cuba, the busier and the brighter your style is, the better!
So all in all.. from getting caught in summer rains, being serenaded to on the streets, traveling through narrow vibrant paths, royal courtyards that looked like a mesh of Spain, France and Italy, right down to their wonderfully large doors (yes, doors!).. Cuba lends a fashion canvas like none other. Take note stylists and bloggers, Cuba is a must visit destination if you're looking for inspiration with colour palettes and picturesque backdrops. Who can resist wearing vibrant prints while indulging in that unmistakable taste of Cuban mojitos, the strong smell of Cohibas and musicians around every corner all of which spirals into a magnificent night life and stylish salsa scene!
My Cuban escape to the Varadero beach life and Havana nights was by far one of my most spontaneous and surprising travel adventures. Getting lost in Havana reminded me that traveling is an education in itself and much needed food for the soul. Make time to connect with people from all walks of life and return home feeling grateful for our privileged existence.
PS: When in Cuba... live a little, get lost, find yourself!
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