What happens when the Black Gringa (me) takes off from writing for a few days? Well, I wake up, planning to have a completely normal day, and then buy a ticket to Cuba! It is a trip I have been contemplating for about 20 years and today for some unknown reason, I decided to write it off my “bucket list”.
So, in six days, I’m off again to another Spanish-speaking country with my travel buddy. Now to present something ironic, I actually thought about having my little one spend the week with grandma in Los Angeles or her aunt and uncle in Washington DC, but the roundtrip tickets there (including unaccompanied minor fees $460 at the cheapest) were more than the roundtrip ticket to Varadero, Cuba ($335). So for one week, Cuba will be our classroom as we learn about Columbus (not discovering the “New” world, Spanish colonization, the slave trade and the Cuban Revolution. We will also be working on Spanish language, map skills and self-sufficiency. Homeschool for the 3rd grader, gotta love it!
Like the random, spontaneous traveler I am:
- I have no idea what we are going to do (besides roam randomly, hang out, and do some of our usual school work)
- Accommodations are yet to be determined
- Transportation is yet to be determined (besides the flight)
- And, I have 5 days to figure it out
Fun times. The first thing I have discovered is that outside of a lower airfare, it is significantly more expensive to be a tourist in Cuba than in Ecuador. There is no comparison. In Cuenca, excluding our apartment, I spent less than $100 over the course of a week. That is pretty hard to beat, especially looking at some of the posts on getting around Cuba.
While I look forward to our upcoming adventure, I am already missing the budget friendliness of Cuenca. That said, I plan to salsa my way to Cuban bliss, then return to start packing up for our Ecuadorian move. Yeah!
There’s never a dull moment in the Black Gringa household. That’s how we roll!