Havana Photo Diary

I can’t even begin to describe how incredible this last week has been. You may have noticed I dropped off the face of the (digital) planet, and it was because I spent eight days in Cuba during which I entirely unplugged.

I traveled with about 20 other students and stayed in a villa outside Havana that was absolutely incredible during my first four days in the country. The first two mornings a group of us got up early to go in and explore the city, which felt like time traveling back to the 50s everywhere you turned. You think people are exaggerating when they say it feels like a different world, but it is entirely true. Almost every car is an old convertible and the buildings are all in some state of decay. It’s clear that the recent embargo lifts have already changed the city drastically, but the magic definitely hasn’t gone away. The people of Cuba are incredible and even with my limited Spanish speaking it was amazing having the chance to get to know some of them. Otherwise, I’ll let the photos speak for themselves 🙂

If you’re thinking of traveling to Cuba my biggest piece of advice is ask for recommendations from everyone who has gone before. All of the restaurant recommendations we got from others were the best meals I had in the city (see some listed below!). At the same time though, make sure you have time to wander and explore. One of my favorite moments was accidentally wandering into a Mexican Art Museum in the most beautiful building (it’s the pink walls below!).

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Must-Do Activities
Havana Vieja – This it a bit general, but Havana Vieja is the old part of the city that is absolutely beautiful. Spend time just getting lost along the streets and discovering art galleries and restaurants
Car Tour Around the City – This one is super touristy, but so worth it. You’ll get the best perspective of how the city is laid out
Mojito Hopping – From famous spots like Bodequita del Medio to random restaurants, spent an afternoon trying all the different delicious mojitos the city has to offer
The Malecon – The Malecon is the long highway along the water and talking a walk along it either at sunset or after a night out is a must
Havana Restaurants
Paladar Dona Eutimia – Delicious lunch or dinner spot with frozen mojitos shown below
Palader Los Mercaderes – A more expensive dinner spot with the best ropa vieja (classic Cuban dish)
La Algaribia – A non-touristy sandwich spot with the best fruit ‘smoothies’ (they’re more like milkshakes) I’ve ever had

Instagram

  • Summer mood has been and always will be a picnic blanket 😂❤️Going to be breaking out all the red white & blue pieces this coming week to give y’all some ideas to wear for the 4th 🇺🇸 Linked my fave gingham finds under $100 with @liketoknow.it 👏🏼 http://liketk.it/2CS5E #whenwearstyle
  • Packing up for a long weekend & i cannot wait to get out of the city! 🌿👙Of course my newest read ‘It’s Always The Husband’ is coming along - I am SO sucked in!! 📖
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PS my ‘New York’ sweatshirt is on sale right now for only $18!! Linked everything with @liketoknow.it ✨ http://liketk.it/2CHQ1 #whenwearstyle
  • A West Village Sunday 🌇✨ Rosemarys was one of the first restaurants I went to when I moved to NYC and all these years later it’s still one of the faves ❤️ I ~always~ order the linguine and starting with focaccia is a MUST #whenwearnyc .
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Linked my outfit with the @liketoknow.it app or click the link in my bio! My romper is on sale! http://liketk.it/2Cr0A
  • All the smiles cause it’s FRIDAY 👏🏼 (and because I added another lighthouses to my list😊) What are your plans for the weekend? I’m so ready for a low key couple days after the past weeks of travel + moving!
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My shirts are a TJmaxx find but linked everything else via @liketoknow.it ✨ #liketkit http://liketk.it/2Cocv #tgif #whenweartravels #sharetheeverygirl
  • Easily my favorite outfit from this weekend and both my top & skirt are under $35 👏🏼 Also, my mom calls this my bird cage purse 🦜😂 but I love that it fits so much more the normal evening bag! #whenweartravels .
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Linked everything via @liketoknow.it so you can shop via the app OR at the link in my bio! http://liketk.it/2Clqf
  • Going through a serious spicy margarita withdrawal today BUT it’s back to home cooking tonight cause my body needs veggies 🥗😂 #whenweartravels

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