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“Weeelll…that doesn’t really make sense”. A phrase uttered a shocking number of times throughout our 3 weeks of independent travel in Cuba, in a lot of different variations from amused to bemused to disbelieving to barely contained frustration. Welcome to Sort-Of Communism in the 21st Century. Of course, I’m sure it will be mainly these unexpected oddities and incomprehensible methods of living Cuban life that will stick with us long after all the pretty colonial houses and white sand beaches fade and blend with many of the other beautiful Latin American nations we’ve visited. We expected something different, but were surprised to find something altogether unrecognizable, and far more unique than we had imagined. Overall, we had a great time, and there are definitely a lot of reasons you should visit Cuba, but I wouldn’t exactly say everything went as planned. Here we’ll go through our expectations vs the reality…

Cuba, finally. And potentially just in time, before the full-scale American invasion that is surely soon to take place – a 21st century invasion, of course, involving very little violence and armed bravado, but oh so many photo tours and condescending bouts of haggling. We chose to ease our way in by taking advantage of a cheap one-week all-inclusive in Varadero Beach, famous for being one of the best beaches in Cuba. A short preview: eat, read, eat, drink, eat, watch, sleep, repeat. To add slightly more detail to this admittedly evocative description however, I have followed the inspiration provided by the great Forrest MacNeil, and have chosen to review not just Varadero Beach or the hotel or a restaurant, but all the many different aspects of the overall experience. Sure, it may not be on par with the challenges Forrest has faced, such as eating 15 pancakes, or curing…

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