NYC’s A.J. Henriquez’ best vacation to Cuba started with an invite from a friend whose family, as Cuban diplomats, had connections. “We were driving around in a Nissan with diplomat plates and when we passed, people stopped and waved. It was crazy. It was a Nissan!”
Although travel to the island is getting easier, A.J. still had reservations. "I was scared. I had no idea how we were going to get there." What he found out though, was that it was easier than he thought… and when he got there? “It was one of the best experiences I have ever had. I will never forget the kindness of the Cuban people.”
"The inside joke in Cuba was that they never clean the streets unless The Pope or Obama visit."
"It reads: The embargo: the longest genocide of history. There are massive signs like this everywhere. It was quite stunning."
"The Cuban people are humble, yet proud. They were extremely friendly. I couldn't believe how much they loved America."
"Between the three of them, they only had one skate. I thought that captured the spirit of the Cuban people very well: whatever they had, they were willing to share."
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