To see, hear, feel, and breathe the energy in Havana.
The spirit of the city was alive & it was everywhere I turned. I told my Cuban friend that I could walk down the street of my neighborhood & never see a soul. I lived in an apartment for 2 years and never saw, heard, or talked to the 6 other people that lived on my floor. This wasn’t the case in Havana. As you walk down the street, you can peer into everyone’s home bc their doors are wide open, you’ll hear someone from the 4th floor apartment shouting down at someone on the street, you’ll see tables set up in the middle of the street full of people playing dominos, you’ll hear that constant reggaeton beat everywhere you go no matter how early or late, you’ll see and hear people pushing carts down the street chanting/shouting out the name of whatever they’re selling, you’ll hear constant construction & machinery work being done on the dated buildings, you’ll see people doing business(selling food, doing nails, cutting hair, etc.) directly from their living room, you’ll see groups of strangers jumping into the same car to get from one point to another, you’ll see fresh animal parts laid out on the street for sale like it’s no big deal, you’ll see the elderly walking hand in hand with their grandchildren, and if you’re a woman you’ll likely hear hisses or shouts of “que lindaaaaaa” as you walk down the streets. People are constantly outside, talking to eachother, dancing with each other, and simply being around each other. Heck, even accessing wifi is a group effort since everyone must gather at one spot to use it. .
There was a strong sense of community I was able to witness by simply walking down the streets of Central Habana. It initially threw me off, bc it’s something we’re not used to in the US. You talk to who you know & that’s it. If you’re laughing too loud in your apartment, your neighbors just might even report you. What a shame. There are many reasons why things are the way they are - both political & historical, but these are just my observations. It’s amazing how your perspective changes when you visit a completely different environment and I think that’s what travel is all about.
Today, I was in class for SIX HOURS. Six hours of French. Learning another language is so difficult for me, and this is my first second language. I’m trying so hard to push myself to learn a second language because I really think that it will widen my horizon in life and allow me to see the world so differently than what I am accustomed to. I absolutely love the challenge, because it is a challenge, and I can’t wait to be fluent one day. If anyone has any tips on how to learn French (besides literally moving to Paris, living with a host family, and taking 20+ hours of French a week) please let me know!! I am so excited for everything that I am going to learn in 2018, and this is the first 💋
P.S. wish I was running around an empty Versailles instead of sitting in a classroom for 6 hours today’s but, c’est le vie.
🌲💚Of one thing, I am certain. Your perception creates your reality. This is true of all things that we stamp as “reality” in our minds. It’s not THE REALITY, it’s just our personal reality that we create by the thoughts we choose to ruminate on. So choose to ruminate on the beauty around you. Choose to ruminate on the love and kindness shown to you. Choose to find a source of unending joy in the abundant variety and gifts of creation. And I promise that your heart will be so full of gratitude that there will no longer remain a place for fear, doubt or insecurity. 🌲💚~ 1 John 4:18 ~ Phil 4:8 #olympicnationalpark#pnw#pnwrland #pnw #washingtonstate
I had a lie in today and it was glorious! #flashbackfriday to a pink morning down in the city. Must get back here again now that the sunrises are getting a little later.
First time seeing sand doons like this and gotta say that sunrise looked magical.
This was one of many beautiful pee stops whilst jeep-ing through the highest roads in the world in India. ⠀
Today's blog post is about how I travelled through Asia (by bus). Link in bio loves ^^^