We leave for Cuba Thursday morning at 6 a.m. and I'm feeling a little underprepared. My knowledge of Cuba is very minimal- I know there's a lot of old cars, rum, and cigars. Other than that, I've got some major reading to do in the next few days.
We'll only be there until Sunday so it's a really quick trip. I've come to the conclusion at this point in my life that quick trips are my favorite. Longer vacations just throw me off. It's hard when you have your own business to completely check out, at least it is for me anyway. After only a few days off the grid I start to get itchy to check my emails to make sure things are still going well in T-Shirt Town.
Also, there's Harlow.
I know that's weird but I can't help it. I hate leaving him. People always say, wait until you have kids! But you can Facetime kids and tell them you're coming back and they get it. But dogs? I'm not so sure. Even though I tell Harlow 100 times, "I'LL BE RIGHT BACK!" when I walk out the door he still gives me the saddest look like he's worried I might be lying.
Anyway, back to dogs.
I'd be lying if I didn't admit I'm scared to see the stray situation in Cuba. I worry too much about homeless dogs I see on vacation. In fact, the only "argument" Chris and I had on our honeymoon was when he got mad at me for stuffing bread in my purse (and also for tossing it out the window) at a nice restaurant to give to the stray dogs after dinner.
From what I've read, it's important to bring supplies for the locals- things like aspirin, vitamins, tampons, ext, so in addition to bringing some of those things, I'm also trying to figure out what kind of animal supplies I could fit in my suitcase. If you've been before and know of anything essential to bring, drop me a line please!
Other things to do before Thursday:
We've got our Visas. Purpose of travel: education.
Convert money to Euros. Our cards will not work there.
Download the one Cuba app people keep suggesting. (It works even when Wifi is nowhere to be found.)
Contact our "Casa Particular," which is apparently Cuba's version of a B&B. Everything I read said to stay in one of these rather than a hotel.
I'm missing 100 things but my brain is running slow from all of the Super Bowl snacks I consumed yesterday.
If you've been, what do you suggest? We're staying in "the heart of Havana," according to our Casa Particular anyway. Also, I've read the food is terrible.... I don't believe it but we're packing Siracha just in case.