Hi everyone, finally comes my travel diary about Havana with Havana Club. I spent there a very fun and unforgettable few days where I had the chance to discover the culture of Cuba and therefore the culture behind Havana Club.
Many people don’t know it but Havana Club is made in Cuba for it’s worldwide distribution.
This is the reason why, Havana Club invited a few german bloggers to experience the #elrondecuba. On the program, many mojitos and bar visits (I will do a guide on where to drink the best mojitos in Havana in my next article) but also a lot of culture to better understand what Cuba really is about.
To start our journey right, each of us checked into a casa particular aka a bed and breakfast. It is perfect to get to know locals and support them financially. Much better than an hotel as they are quite expensive and not the standards we know in Europe (or USA) so better keep your money for Mojitos 😉
I can recommend my casa particular. I am sure Alejandra will be happy about it. She was so kind and the room I had was big with private toilet and bathroom. The neighborhood also was very cute and safe.
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A good way to see how locals live. Also in this optic we also went to Agro-Market, a place where locals buy their fruits and vegetables. Indeed there are very few supermarket in Havana and this is a traditional way for locals to do their grocery shopping.
All in all there is not so many things in Havana, from supermarkets to Internet passing by fashion. This is why in Havana many are very creative and talented at it.
Art and music plays a big role in the culture. We got to see some of it many facets.
Some of what we saw is open to public so I recommend you to go : For example ‚Callejon de Hamel‘ on Sundays from noon to 3pm. It is a pedestrian decorated by world known autodidact street artist Salvador Gonzáles where you can see voodoo performances.
Another must visit is Fondacion del Arte. It is best to go on a weekend night. It is a huge complex mixing Arts and music. You can walk through the exhibition while sipping on a mojito and dance to live music. You can also rest in the very nice outside area. It is for all ages and all taste. Even Mick Jagger went there! Place to be I tell you!!
We were also lucky to see how prints are made in Havana. While everything is digital in Europe, Nelson Ponce invited us to his studio and showed us how he does print the old fashion way. Indeed, in Cuba it is one of the last country that is still doing silk screen printed prints.
We also got to see a Rumba performance and dance it ourselves with the ‚Raíces Profundas‘ company. One of the highlight of this trip!
We did not miss to do touristy stuff as well, like to have a drink on Malecon and to take a tour on an oldtimer!!
And since we were in in Havana with Havana Club, we also got to see the distillery. We had a tasting of the Havana Club Union Rum that is a rum made in collaboration with Cohiba Cigars, in order to fit perfectly with quality cuban cigars and we then visited the distillery. Havana Club has got only 2 distillery to produce it’s rum worldwide. Both of them in Cuba. It is really interesting to get to know the process of how rum is made and to get to see how such a big brand is producing.
Thank you Havana Club for such a cool experience!!
Stay tuned for some cool places on where to go out for drinks in Havana in my next post.