An Echo of Marti

During my travels through Cuba, I learned about the life of José Marti. Upon arriving back home to Los Angeles, I discovered that there is a statue dedicated to Marti in Echo Park, which was erected to commemorate his life as well as the contributions to American society of Cuban immigrants. José Marti was a…

Running Out of Money

Running out if money is a worry for everybody. It is one that is at the forefront of the minds of travelers especially. Nothing can dampen your spirits and halt your adventures when you run out of money. One common lament among travelers is that they did not expect for Cuba to be as expensive…

Breakfast in Cuba

In 2017, I visited Cuba twice and stayed with the same family both times. I paid to stay with them. This is a customary practice in Cuba. Homes that rent rooms to guests are called ‘casa particulares’. For an extra fee I was served breakfast each morning that included fresh fruit, eggs and cheese, bread,…

Support for The Cuban People

During my stay in Cuba, I slept in a room at a home in Havana that was clean and well equipped with A/C and a fan. There was also a refrigerator stocked with six bottles of water which due to the heat I drank swiftly over my first couple of days. Breakfast was provided for…

From Mexico City to Havana

Before I hopped on a plane destined for Cuba I did a lot of research about traveling there. I watched many YouTube videos by Americans who had visited the country post-Obama. President Obama made it possible for Americans to travel to Cuba without our government’s written approval. Unfortunately, the target audience of many of those videos…