It’s only been a few days since real winter weather started here in Toronto and well, I kind of want it to be over. HA! Wishful thinking?!
This love-hate relationship (I love having a White Christmas but after January 1, I wouldn’t mind having it all melt!) I have with winter started at a very young age. Maybe it’s in my DNA as my dad’s side of the family is from the Caribbean.
I love the sun, the beach and the colourful places and people from that area of the world.
When my siblings and I were in highschool, my parents would try to plan a getaway during our Spring Break – and of course, we often ended up somewhere in the Caribbean.
Cuba was always one of my parents’ top choices because it was affordable. Being a family of 5 made it a bit more expensive to fly and it was difficult finding hotels/resorts that could accommodate us all in one room.
The number of all inclusive resorts in Cuba also made planning simple – this was pre-internet, don’t forget! All they had were a couple of travel brochures and recommendations from friends and family before booking our annual family vacation.
Our first trip to Cuba was to Varadero and the following year we ended up in a quieter but equally relaxing and beautiful city – Holguin.
Beautiful and calm beaches, warm and welcoming people happy to teach visitors about their history and culture and great food – arroz con pollo (chicken in saffron rice), ropa vieja (marinated beef with onions and peppers) and Cuban sandwiches (roasted meats with cheese, pickles and mustard) are things I still remember even after a 20 year absence!
And who can forget, the colourful taxis! Vehicles from the 40s and 50s are what many use to get around and tour the city.
I remember all 5 of us sitting in a turquoise one going into Havana for a day trip. I remember because turquoise was also a very popular car colour in the early 90s in Toronto!
A few weeks ago, Transat Holidays pulled off a taxi stunt in the streets of Toronto.
Taxi driver, Antonio Banderas, drove unsuspecting passengers around the city and got them involved in some laugh out loud situations – sharing their taxi with random strangers, dancing and going to the airport instead of their initial destination.
This stunt was caught on video and you can see what happened when Transat Holidays surprised some passengers with tickets for an all inclusive trip to Cuba.
So fun, right?
My husband and I are looking forward to the day we can take our kids to experience all the culture, history and sunny weather Cuba has to offer. 27C in Cuba vs -30C in Canada — there’s no question which one we would choose!
Anyone else daydreaming about a Cuba vacation right about now?
Have you vacationed in Cuba before? What were your favourite memories?