All posts tagged: travelling the caribbean

Patriotism At Its Best: Propaganda Of The Cuban Revolution

If I had to describe Cuba in a few words after my time spent there, ‘patriotism’ would be up there in the top three. The iconic Cuban Revolution of 1953 has formed a country with such a strong sense of unity and pride which still echoes today wherever you go. The revolt led by Fidel Castro in 1953 resulted in an overthrow of the authoritarian government which was replaced with a socialist state six years later. This transformed the country’s political, economic and social situation for the better, the effects of which truly live on today. From the buzzing capital of Havana to its rural vineyard towns and coastline, the country is united with a unique sense of purpose, proud achievement of the island’s past and mutual hope for its future. Huge billboards grab your attention at roundabouts, posters cover shop windows, street art and graffiti is sprawled on buildings and walls wherever you look, and Revolution merchandise oozes from every shop corner just like patriotism does from its people. Here are some of my …

[Accommodation Review]: Casas Particulares In Cuba

Before I travelled to Cuba, the notion of Casas Particulares to me was just a general term for a homestay, a nice and more local alternative to the usual hotels/hostels that the majority of tourists, travellers and holiday makers alike use as a form of accommodation. Little did I realise just how significant a concept the Casas Particulares in Cuba has become. These government-run ‘homestays’ have all but taken over in Cuba as not just the most economical, but most popular and rewarding way of travelling for the majority of tourists visiting the island. It has especially taken off in the last few years since 2011 when bureaucratic regulations relaxed, allowing some Casas to turn into a kind of private business employing staff and even advertising online where possible. It’s definitely a hugely positive step in the ever evolving economy of the country. It’s not an exaggeration to say that you see the familiar Casa Particular logo hanging off almost every other house on every street, even in the smallest of rural villages. I think …