#HeyFrancis | I never thought I'd ever make it to the "so-called" forbidden land of Cuba, until my good friend Josh offered me the wonderful opportunity. With my flight booked, and Cuban Visa purchased, I arrived at Cancun (CUN) International Airport with high anticipation of finally making the trip.
As I sat patiently, the delays began to pile on. First, an hour (1), then two (2), then three (3). Next thing you know it, the flight had been delayed four and a half hours (4.5) having me arriving in Havana at 6:30pm. This was kind of upsetting being that I was only making a day trip to Cuba; but I knew it would be worth the wait. After investigating a few flight changes, corresponding countless e-mails with Josh (thanks to the Edgar at AeroMexico letting me use their cell phone), and a couple free food vouchers later (yum :P), I decided to stick with my initial AeroMexico flight and arrived in Cuba later that night. Finally, after purchasing Cuba health insurance and making it through immigration in a breeze, I met with Josh and boarded our taxi headed towards Havana.
Though the trip was short, I was able to see and capture a lot (INSTAGRAM - @hey.francis) thanks to Josh's guidance through the lively streets of Downtown Havana. The city had an old-school feel to it, with an abundance of old and new (looking) 1950s motor vehicles. We grabbed a bite to eat at Sloppy Joe's (not at all what you think), toured Obispo, walked down Prado, and then finally caught our two-stop, 30 minute taxi cab to Baracoa (where Josh stays).
With all things said an done, I had a wonderful experience in Cuba; the people, the architecture, the culture, the food all unique and amazing. Contrary to popular belief, we are now allowed in Cuba. All you need to do is book a flight to a country servicing Cuba, purchase a travel visa (at the local airport servicing Cuba), and purchase health insurance (roughly $17 USD). There were absolutely no problems at immigration (in Cuba), and getting back into the USA was smooth as butter. Make the trip and have an experience of a lifetime! I hope these photos find you well.
Have you ever been to Cuba, or would you like to? Leave your comments and questions below! Thanks for following the journey! #heyfrancistravels #heyfrancisblog #heyfrancisvlog #meetmikefrancis