When was the last time you walked out into the street and felt compelled to take a picture of absolutely every single thing in sight?
If you’re a travel photographer and wake up somewhere beautiful and exotic most mornings then perhaps it was as recently as yesterday. Or maybe you’re obsessed with Instagramming every waking moment of your daily life, in which case this is an every day thought process.
For the rest of us though, I’ll take a stab in the dark and guess this doesn’t happen very often. In fact, it had never happened to me until that first morning in Havana.
It’s difficult to describe just how visually thrilling Havana is (and that’s why I’ll let the photos do most of the talking), but I’ll try. It’s like being in a real life colouring book. Everything – and I mean everything – jumps off the page. You don’t know where to look, because there is simply too much to take in. The vivid colours; the peeling, half crumbling colonial buildings; the lively exchanges all around you; the waves crashing against the Malecon in the distance; and the cars! The cars are fucking amazing!
That first hour was possibly the best of the entire trip. I was on cloud nine, and duly took as many photos as humanly possible.
But herein lies the beauty of Havana: as photogenic as it is, you cannot instantly share any photos online like you can just about anywhere else. There is no 3G or 4G in Cuba; only very, very shit Wifi in public parks, which you must pay $3 to use for one hour only. One hour! Imagine how little you could achieve in such a trifling time. Oh the despair!
Personally, I preferred to embrace Cuba’s anti-digitalism and disconnect completely from social media the whole time I was there. At first this is incredibly difficult, but sooner or later you get used to it and it feels unbelievably liberating.
Three weeks later I arrived in Mexico to one of the biggest culture shocks of my life (seriously, apart from the poles themselves there are no two opposites more polar than Cuba and Playa del Carmen). Finally, the photo uploading frenzy could commence.
Travel & Leisure compiled a list of the most Instagrammed places on Earth and I was shocked to find Havana did not feature.
Havana is a unique amalgamation of awesomeness, a true feast for the eyes, and what I’m proclaiming as the most photogenic city on Earth.
Who dares challenge me? The Matador Network may beg to differ but I’d like to hear about some other worthy contenders so don’t be shy guys you can find the comments section at the end of this post.
Museo de Revolución, Music and The Malecon
Thoughts? Where on Earth is more photogenic or “instagrammable” than Havana? Please enlighten me!
More Cuba content coming soon, but if you’re planning a trip then these posts may be useful to you:
- Casas Particulares in Cuba: What You Need to Know
- Transport in Cuba: What You Need to Know
- What do Cubans Think of Cuba?
All photos are my own and subject to copyright.