Review: Cuba

Before we get into the photos (and yes there are a lot of them) let me answer a few questions.

Yes,all of the cars are like that, I maybe saw 5 that were modern

No, your cellphone will not work AT ALL

Yes, they like Americans, it’s our government they don’t like (neither do I so it’s cool)

No, you’re fine, I went with my 3 girl cousins and we walked around at night by ourselves

Yes, it’s cheap AF and the food and drinks are delicious, my whole trip was maybe $1k including flights, air bnb, food, activities, taxis (and we ate at the most expensive restaurants)

No, your credit cards will not work AT ALL

Yes, the majority of the people speak Spanish and a little bit of english but really try and know some Spanish before you go, it’ll make your whole trip easier.

No, it’s not hard to enter the country, don’t let the press fool you

Yes, they love Che and do have some issues with Castro (who doesn’t)

No, you shouldn’t judge anything about the country, place or the people until you visit, and not just visit with learn some of the history, talk to the people and really try and have an open mind if you did you might just learn something 🤔

Yes, I went with an open mind and did all of the above and my conclusion? Like always America is the worst 😂

Now for the good stuff.

This is Romania p2

So I know last time was really focused on the Transylvania portion of Romania, but besides Spain I think I spent the most time in Romania (a whole week) so it really does deserve more than one post. Once we got back from the coast we did a walking tour of the city (I’m surprised we made it with how sick we were) and learned a ton about the communist history of the country. Our guide was super great, informative and took us to some real hidden gems.

Also who knew Romania was so beautiful? I didn’t, unfortunately my camera had 16% the whole time I was there and I spent most of that on Dracula so here are some of my really good iPhone photos.

 

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Palace of Parliment, Second largest administrative building in the world (besides the Pentagon)

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Peles Castle, summer residence of the Royal Family (Did you know Romania had a royal family? I didn’t)

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My main man Vlad – aka Vlad the Impaler aka Vlad Tepes, aka Vlad Dracul aka DRACULA

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Fun Fact: There are tons of monasteries in Romania

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This building was beautiful and I think it’s a bank?

Turandot

I went to the opera last night with my roommate and it was magical.

There were so many good looking men and bourgeois hoes. The set’s were amazing, like despite the 30 minutes intermissions it was all worth it. The dramatics however were something that I will never forget. It was some real old timey shit and the classic love story was there. Since I couldn’t take photos in the opera I’ll give a quick play by play of what went down.

Basically there’s this princess called Turandot who is Chinese? (yet the opera was in Italian) she’s kind of a big deal and everybody want’s a piece.

She’s like here I am – I’m the best BUT you can’t have me because of some ancient edict or whatever that says you must answer 3 riddles and if you get even one of them wrong I’m gonna kill you, in fact you will be beheaded.

So then this prince Calaf? I think comes along and he’s like yo Turandot, I see you, I like you and I want you, so I’m gonna answer these riddles and you will be MINE.

and she’s like:

Whatever.

So long story short – the 3 wise men or whatever are like on no Calaf don’t do it, nobody has ever won the princesses heart, you will fail and you will be beheaded.

And once again he’s like – ok right I got this.

so once at the palace, the emperor and the princess (Turandot) are like BUT ARE YOU SURE YOU WANT TO DO THIS.

and he’s like yes.

 

So the Turandot asks him 3 questions.

and he’s like hmmmm, I got this.

AND HE ANSWERS ALL THE QUESTIONS CORRECTLY and Turandot is like

NOPE. Don’t wanna.

Nope. Don’t make me.

Fuck. I gotta marry this man, this edict is like 10 millions years old and if I don’t my ancestors are gonna be pissed as fuck.

And he’s like, oh wait I’m the princess so I’m gonna make up some other bullshit edict to keep him away from me, lemme come up with a plan real quick. Meanwhile Calaf is like wow this bitch really doesn’t want me.

 

So he says ok – guess my name and if you get it right then we’ll get married but if you get it wrong then you can kill me.

So this is the part where I got a little confused because he said he would kill himself, but then the towns people were like, oh shit we’re all gonna die unless you tell her your name. Which didn’t make sense, like why would she kill everybody just because she couldn’t guess his name and then Calaf’s love/sister was like I know his name but I’m not going to tell you because I love him? and then she killed herself, but I’m still not sure why because he eventually ended up tell Turandot his name anyways. So after all this went down they were alone in the garden and he’s like fuck this I’m tired of these games I’m ready to dive it so kisses her and she’s like.

yo, I’m yours.

 and he’s like for real? that’s all it took??

and she’s like yea, I’m gonna let you beat it up later

and he’s like don’t play with me Turandot.

And she’s like, do you see this face? no jokes here.

 

 

And that was the end.

 

 

Listen and fucking learn

Cultural appropriation is the adoption or use of elements of one culture by members of a different culture.

Cultural appropriation typically involves members of a dominant group exploiting the culture of less privileged groups — often with little understanding of the latter’s history, experience and traditions.

Art and music forms that originated with minority groups come to be associated with members of the dominant group. As a result, the dominant group is deemed innovative and edgy, while the disadvantaged groups they “borrow” from continue to face negative stereotypes that imply they’re lacking in intelligence and creativity. In addition, when members of a dominant group appropriate the cultures of others, they often reinforce stereotypes about minority groups.