"Can the past meet the future
and yet not lose its charm
Cuba is like a beautiful lady
held proudly on the world's arm
The heart of man is seen
through the eyes by way of the soul
My dear Cuba - your eyes sparkle
and glisten in the wind like the finest gold"
This excerpt taken from "Cuban Gold" by poet Leilani encompasses the uniqueness that is Cuba. Untouched by many of the commonalities of Western society, Cuba’s wealth is not defined monetarily; it’s shaped by the Cubano culture. The people, the sights, the sounds – all puzzle pieces creating a country with a pulsating heart and soul entirely its own. During my visit to La Habana, I immersed into Cuban society. It engulfed me and still hasn’t let go.
Once proclaimed as "Key to the New World and Rampart of the West Indies" by the Spanish crown, La Habana has a history as colorful as any. Strolling down the streets of the Caribbean’s largest city, the plethora of 50’s Pontiacs, Fords, and Buicks remind us of societal restrictions, yet have a vintage beauty that remains solely to the island. Beyond the classic American cars, distinctly diverse architecture, penetrating images of Fidel and Che, or the sprawling Malecon, stand the people.
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