When we heard that the U.S. would lift the political isolation and economic blockade of Cuba, we felt the urgent need to pay this country a visit before a great amount of tourism flows in and takes away its originality. 

We have such mixed feelings about it. Timeworn but magnificent, dilapidated but dignified, fun yet maddeningly frustrating, Cuba is like an old-time prince in a poor man’s coat, behind the sometimes shabby, dusty facades. Trapped in a time warp and reeling from an economic embargo that has grated since the 60s, this is a country where you can bid farewell to Western certainties and expect the unexpected.