It's quite easy to romanticize Havana – with it’s iconic stature as a place steeped in rich and unique political history, it has a dream-like quality, a place stuck in time.
It’s certainly a city full of surprises but perhaps what makes it especially exciting is that it’s in a state of transition. There’s a tinge of bittersweetness seeing cranes tear down majestic, although crumbling structures to make way for foreign-funded real estate developments. Seeing the iconic Malecón, a seawall roadway along the coast, teemed with young couples and families, some of their faces lit from their phones as they navigate the internet, was quite a sight. One would be hard-pressed to find another city that has Havana’s spellbinding charm.