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Nostalgia

Travelling back in time is - oximoronically - a thing of the future. Travelling to Cuba, however, is possibly as close as you can currently get. When, as a consequence of the nationalisation of the former American oil companies during the Cuban Revolution, the United States placed an embargo on Cuba in 1960, the time on the largest of the Carribbean islands stood still. Visitors in the the 1950s were presented with almost similar urban landscapes as visitors today - mostly American-built oldtimers framed by stunning Spanish colonial architecture.

In July 2017, I went on a backpacking adventure accompanied by three of my best friends from college. Staying for a total of 19 days, we travelled across the whole island by either bus or taxi and stayed - with the exception of three nights - with Cuban families. The markers on the map below illustrate our stops with at least one sleepover: Havana, Viñales, Trinidad de Cuba, Cayo Santa Maria, Camagüey, Santiago de Cuba, and Holguín.

Below, you can access a selection of photos I took on this adventure. I chose to publish a few of my unsplash images on my unsplash page. One of the images was already downloaded more than 1,500 times and viewed by approximately 200,000 visitors. Further, it was used on several webpages, e.g. Harvard University.


Besides allowing a travel back in time, Cuba is famous for its colours. The images above were digitally processed to underline the nostalgic impression. It is important to note, however, that Cuba truly is extremely colourful, particularly in Trinidad de Cuba. Have a look at the video below to get an impression.


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