Cuba isn’t a foreign territory for me. I remember three years ago, when I arrived here for the first time, I heard a lot about Cuba, but I knew very little. First surprise was when I found out that I need visa to enter the country (what I didn’t know until I got to the airport) and second was that you can’t possibly find any Cuban hotel on booking.com. Luckily I found a very nice accommodation when I arrived. The first weeks I stayed at a house of an old Cuban lady called Dulce. She and her daughter taught me how to correctly pronounce words with Cuban accent, so people wouldn’t think that I am a foreigner.
They succeeded and now I feel almost like a local, I talk differently when I am in Cuba, I walk differently when I am in Cuba and I even dress differently when I am in Cuba. The other day when I went for an ice-cream the woman selling it told me: “You look like a foreigner” and when I told her that I actually am a foreigner, she looked at me confusedly and said: “Well, then you look like a Cuban”
With time things like using a payphone on the street, sharing an old taxi with locals, waiting in a line for grocery shopping, and even the fact that mojito is sometimes cheaper than water, became normal for me. I got used to the fact that there is nothing on TV and that it’s very hard to get internet connection. But as Cuba is slowly changing, I realized that it’s worth to share these everyday experiences with you and I am looking forward to it.