Let’s be real here. If you’re American, Cuba probably was never really a lingering idea in your mind, let alone first on your list of places to travel. Even if you were a dreamer and considered it, you still would have been forbidden to go. Until now. Cuba is open to US travelers, aka the end of Cuba as we know it (or didn’t know it?), aka hordes of tourists are soon going to be flocking to Cuba, aka people are actually going to Cuba now to experience and embrace it as it is before it becomes “Americanized.” Understandable. Which is probably why Leila Hurst and Bruna Schmitz booked their flights, got the hell out of California and went straight to Cuba. And let’s just say they got a taste of authentic Cuba before Americans ruin it forever. It was a sporadic trip, but rewarding nonetheless. The girls stayed with one of the only surfers in Cuba. They unplugged their phones. Buying Wi-Fi was like buying drugs, so they used the internet sparingly. They lived simply. Maybe Cuba will change immensely soon, who knows. But they’ll always have this sacred experience there. It was in Cuba where Leila and Bruna discovered what it meant to truly be living.
Read Bruna and Leila’s full journals from Cuba in Issue 001, on sale now.