HAVANA CUBA

Yes - you can go to Cuba legally nowadays, without having to pretend you're part of a church group from Canada! I highly recommend you visit this amazing place before Castro dies and the Western establishments (Starbucks, McDonalds et al) move into the country and kill what is an amazing time capsule of the 1950's mashed up with the exotic and warm vibes of a Caribbean island. 

Here's a look at the trip I took December 2012, plus recommendations on what to pack a rustic trip where exploring the culture is the main priority.

I mean...

I mean...

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Courtyard in old Havana art gallery

Courtyard in old Havana art gallery

Must pack: inexpensive gauzy, white button up that will easily wash in the hotel sink and dry quickly!

Must pack: inexpensive gauzy, white button up that will easily wash in the hotel sink and dry quickly!

Found the oldest and most delicious coffee spot in Havana.

Found the oldest and most delicious coffee spot in Havana.

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Old Os Gemeos street art in old Havana

Old Os Gemeos street art in old Havana

Flair everywhere

Flair everywhere

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Must pack: Tons of neutral bottoms, my color choice olive/military green. Less severe than black and easy to wear. Wearing Zara top/Baggu bag.

Must pack: Tons of neutral bottoms, my color choice olive/military green. Less severe than black and easy to wear. Wearing Zara top/Baggu bag.

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Baseball is BIG TIME in Cuba. We packed, balls, mitts, and ball caps for the kids.

Baseball is BIG TIME in Cuba. We packed, balls, mitts, and ball caps for the kids.

Every single kid had their own stylish something. Pops of red and fresh haircuts!

Every single kid had their own stylish something. Pops of red and fresh haircuts!

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Must pack: generic tote bag. Cuba is super rustic and not the place to be flashing designer bags. Wearing: Zara top/J Brand chino/Margiela sneakers

Must pack: generic tote bag. Cuba is super rustic and not the place to be flashing designer bags. Wearing: Zara top/J Brand chino/Margiela sneakers

Getting around is most of the fun in Havana. It could be a 1950's taxi or a rickshaw or something in between.

Getting around is most of the fun in Havana. It could be a 1950's taxi or a rickshaw or something in between.

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Lived in a top knot.

Lived in a top knot.

Must pack: breezy, inexpensive floral top. Somehow this Zara top fit in everywhere I went.

Must pack: breezy, inexpensive floral top. Somehow this Zara top fit in everywhere I went.

Vintage shopping is awesome. Check out these art deco chandeliers.

Vintage shopping is awesome. Check out these art deco chandeliers.

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Lots of street art.

Lots of street art.

Olive green separates made it easy to create multiple outfits. Wearing Dolce Vida top/Isabel Marant tee/Margiela Sneakers. No jewelry!

Olive green separates made it easy to create multiple outfits. Wearing Dolce Vida top/Isabel Marant tee/Margiela Sneakers. No jewelry!

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