Luxury travel to Cuba is something we’re going to start seeing more often. Travel with Ker & Downey as we take luxury travel to Cuba to a whole new level. Here, Carol LaMastra Weil explains what keeps drawing her back to Cuba.
It is that rare and satisfying travel experience when a place you have dreamed about, studied, followed your whole life, actually delivers in deep and meaningful ways once you arrive. Cuba always intrigued me, ever since I first learned about the embargo in high school many, many, many years ago. Obviously our political relationship with the island nation is the starting point, but it’s the nuanced and not so nuanced differences when compared with the rest of Latin America that continue to fascinate me; along with the mosaic of people, music, art and beliefs, that mingle to make up the pulse of the island. I was afraid that traveling there could never live up to the expectations I had for wanting to delve deeper and experience more. Luckily, I was mistaken.
The community spirit and warmth conveyed by the residents of the Muraleando project embody this idea of coming together to empower and be a catalyst for change, a feeling that is threaded throughout the country. It was impossible to meet and listen to the directors and residents there and not be transformed by their infectious enthusiasm and energy. I will carry this experience with me forever, where little pieces of conversations from that day pop into my head. As I walk through my own neighborhood back home in Philadelphia, those memories continue to transport me to the outskirts of Havana.
The same has to be said for my encounter with Roberto Salas, Fidel Castro’s hand-picked photographer of the Revolution. Roberto brought a sense of time and place to our conversations about his experiences and art. Through these spectacular photos you vicariously relive the history, the excitement and the intimacy of being side-by-side with the nation’s most important historical players.
Getting the opportunity to interact with the artists, jazz musicians, historians, community leaders and local residents of Cuba is what makes traveling there such a deep and rich experience. The people draw you in, and, in subtle ways after you depart, you retain some of their spirit and vibrancy… if you are lucky.
See you in Cuba!