I arrived in Havana on 3 July 2019, with no preparation of what I wanted to see or do, except that I wanted to learn to dance the Salsa. I was lucky that a slightly out of date ‘Cuba’ Guide by Lonely Planet was lying in the lounge of the San Lazaro BnB I stayed at. I annexed it for the more than three weeks that I stayed there, and found useful background information in it, but perhaps it contains too much information, not just focused on Havana, my only destination in Cuba, therefore making a large part of the book irrelevant to me. Much more useful was the Guidebook ‘300 Things to love about Havana’ by Heidi Hollinger, focused on Havana, divided into the various suburbs of Havana, with an address, a good representative photograph, and largely accurate in its descriptions, even if published in 2018.
Last week I went to Partagas cigar factory, on a tour, being shown how cigars are rolled, as well as smoked. I am happy to share this information with my readers. Continue reading →
In my BnB in Havana I saw ‘The Complete Guide for Habanos’ Enthusiasts’, and as I am determined to both smoke and buy cigars during my time in the country, I decided to write a story about this icon of Cuba. My father was an avid cigar smoker, and allowed us a taste of a cigar once a year, on Christmas Eve.