You may have noticed in the ‘About Me’ section that I love to travel, and that the next place on my list was Cuba. Well, my husband and I (saying ‘my husband’ is still very much a novelty!) enjoyed a wonderful honeymoon there. This large Spanish speaking Caribbean island is as beautiful as it is fascinating, with lush green mountains and the turquoise and sapphire waters. We hope to return to one day.
I was especially excited to see all of the classic 1950′s American cars, which are probably one of the most luxury items in Cuba. Up until The Revolution, Cuba was the largest importer of American cars. Following the US embargo, Cuba has imported cars from other countries, the main being Russia, but few of them have lasted through the years, unlike the American cars. The streets really are a time capsule from the late 1950′s. Since parts for the classic cars are impossible to get hold of, Cuban owners have to be inventive in their car maintenance. It’s a running joke that most of the cars are about 30% American and 70% Russian.
We visited Santiago de Cuba (the original capital of Cuba) during our stay, and toured the city in classic American cars: