Some must-dos in La Habana include having a Dacquiri at La Floridita, made famous by Ernest Hemingway. It appears to have kept all of its original features though due to the popularity of this place, it was like a factory in the way they churned out rows and rows of Dacquiris. They became my drink of choice in Cuba mainly because the Mojitos tasted so different to what I was used to in London. I think they use a lot less lime but the crushed ice of the Daiquiris also had the advantage of being immediately cooling in the minimum 30 degrees Celsius heat we had for the whole two weeks. Another Habanero tradition is to go to the Malecon at sunset. This is the 8km road and sea-front wall that stretches from Old Habana to the district of Vedado. It comes alive at night and acts as a meeting point for friends, lovers, fishermen etc. I also spotted lots of kids jumping off doing somersaults from the wall and into the sea during the day. Plaza de la Revolución (Revolution Square) is where political rallies take place and is the place to see the famous murals of Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos. Every time we saw Che’s face, we also saw the slogan “Hasta la Victoria Siempre” meaning always towards victory. I am not sure what I was expecting but it was quite ugly and just concrete but I guess functional is the right word, which is to be expected in communist Cuba.
Something that surprised me about Cuba was that I was expecting a lot more revolutionary propaganda than there was. Yes, there were murals and street art (largely of Che) but not as much as I was expecting and hardly any of Fidel Castro himself (apparently because he is still alive). I did notice, however, that the revolutionary slogans got stronger on the way to the airport with one reading “Socialism or death”.