Word of Mouth: Havana

This stunning, timeless city has plenty of surprises—if you know where to look

The landscape in Havana, Cuba’s capital city, tells two different stories: the first paints a picture of candy-colored buildings and sidewalk salsa dancing; the second shows crumbling facades and a glimpse of the city’s scars after two independence wars, a US trade embargo and 50 years of strained foreign relations. Despite this juxtaposition of beauty and destruction, one thing remains: this city feels incredibly alive. On …

A Compelling Photo Essay of Cuban Optimism

After 50 years of isolation, Cuba is experiencing a wave of new opportunity. American travel restrictions have lifted and eager visitors—including President Obama—have set their eyes upon Old Havana. Documenting the mounting optimism spreading across the country, the New York Times has published a powerful photo essay displaying the evident openness of the Cuban people and their willingness to wait just a bit longer for …