We saw government-owned restaurants and Paladars–privately owned restaurants, often in the large stately homes of locals–and observed a Cuban woman at a state-run food market hand-picking her monthly food rations of rice, beans, coffee, cooking oil, and other essential food items to log in her Libreta de Abastecimiento (food ration log/book).
Nothing could have prepared me for this journey and, as an avid traveler, I would put Cuba amongst my top three destinations to experience. I learned a lot, saw a lot, got a better perspective, and would definitely encourage Americans and Afro-culture enthusiasts to visit Cuba while it’s still in its pure, vintage, authentic form.
–written by Fabiola Fleuranvil, Travel Curator and CEO of Blueprint Creative Group
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