Sumeet and I decided to hit up Havana again for a little get away. The way we see it, Havana’s cheap enough (comparable to an all-inclusive to mexico etc) and it offers the best bang for your buck. We can hit the East Havana beaches during the day and head out to the many clubs during the night. We’re staying at the same casa as last time, right in front of the Hotel Nacional for 30$ CUC’s a night. Other then the beaches and nightlife, there’s also the people, music, art, history, cigars and never have to feel threatened roaming the streets while intoxicated 🙂 We’ve also made some friends there now so we’re looking forward to seeing them again.
I got an email from our friend Nakamura, he’ll be in Havana for a couple days while we are in town. He’s basically a rockstar in Havana, every bar we stopped at the employees knew him, like Norm from cheers “Nakaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa”. He imports/exports stuff from/to Havana/Japan so he’s pretty well known and spends about 3-4months a year there, and loves the country and its people.
I think this will be one of our last times to capture Cuba as it is now, change is inevitable there and its just a matter of time before we see the embargo lifted and relations between Cuba and the U.S . I think the new leaders in Cuba will look to have some sort of relations with the U.S. which will be good for everyone but Cuba will need to deal with all negatives that will come with that, retaining their traditions, culture etc, it wont be easy. I’m looking forward to talking about this with some of our friends there, should be interesting.
First stop will be our casa to drop our stuff off then off to the Partagas store for some rum and a cigar and some conversation with the guys there.