It was dusk and I walked from San Lazaro Street, near the University of Havana, to the Malecón, the long esplanade along the coast.
There, I struck up a conversation with a group of fishermen and their friends.
The Castro government has since expanded the number of hotspots, but an hour of wi-fi costs 1.5 CUC (about ), which is a significant amount in comparison to the average Cuban salary.
“It has many faults—you cannot see things very well, you have difficulties—but I accept those difficulties because I can connect with my son and my sister.” She continued: “Years ago, I wrote letters. Recently I reconnected with a friend from high school on Facebook. It is difficult, but we can communicate with the outside world.” It was almost midnight when I met Mario, who was sitting in the Parque Trillo talking on his phone.
His cousin stood nearby hugging his dog, whose feet dangled into my photo.
He was sitting on the corner of the park near my hosts’ house sharing a juice-box-sized rum with a friend, who introduced himself to me as “El Bicho” (“The Bug”). I’m looking for a woman with a splendid heart.” Passing through the Parque Trillo on the way to Old Havana, I met Venezuelan Luz Villegas, who was reading a book on a large tablet while rocking her one-year-old son in her arms.
As he tried to connect to Facebook, Ovi explained, “I can’t connect every day because it is very expensive. “I live in Venezuela, but I want to move to Cuba for my son. She had married a Cuban, but they were living in Venezuela and only visiting family in Havana for a few days.
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Keep in mind hurricane season does affect this region of the world, occurring normally from June-November.
Old Havana (Habana Vieja) – Many sights and attractions here, just have a walk as the area is not so large and you will run in to many museums, and buildings with great architecture.
The island of Cuba has been mostly closed off from society for the past decades – leaving the general infrastructure outdated, streets filled with cars dating back to as early as ’20’s, and their culture still fully intact.