The Travel 2
After reading tons of online articles, going over Lonely Planet’s Cuba and having contacted numerous travel bloggers for tips and insights, I can now share with you my list of expectations for our holiday in Cuba.
The two different currencies were an issue as from the beginning. Getting used to CUC and CUP is a very abstract thing since as yet we do not own any CUC’s or CUP’s. The money conversion will be done as soon as we get to Cuba. I have a picture of CUC and CUP money on my phone to be able to tell the difference.
We honestly do not know what to expect regarding food. From what I have read and heard, I believe that anything we eat will be organic. Most probably, a lot of our food consumption will be seafood. I also packed my suitcase with some quick cook couscous, rice cakes, cookies, crackers and protein bars. I believe planning ahead makes your life easier so yeah… I’m taking the food.
Coming from Malta this is the least of our worries. However, I still stocked my bag with a sun block. Hats, traditional handheld fans, moisturizer(s) and after sun lotion are all in my luggage as well.
I am brushing up my Spanish thanks to Duolingo and the series [email protected] (credits to YouTube). I think we wouldn’t be facing a language barrier since both myself and my partner know some Spanish, and if that fails – English will do.
5. Culture shock
We are mentally preparing ourselves for a huge culture shock. On the web I read that t-shirts cost half the pay of a normal Cuban worker, and sweets and soda are a luxury on the island. After reading this, I stocked my luggage with a small box of gummy bears, chupa chups and other sweets. I am also taking with me coloured pencils I do not use anymore and am planning to leave some toiletries behind in every accommodation we are staying.
Dry, warm and sticky weather is expected during the month of April, so I am packing my suitcase with light clothes and swimsuits. I’m also taking a raincoat for the occasional downpour that is very common in tropical environment.
I will return back to the blog with photos and posts about our Cuban experience. Adventure awaits! 🙂