Here continues a newly introduced segment at The Gentleman where we open our door of travel experience a crack for you to peek inside. Please read forth for a gentleman’s travel guide to Cuba.
We all know of Cuba for it’s four main exports: cigars, rum, sugar and highly trained doctors (seriously). The gentleman makes use of all four of these things. He smokes Cuba’s finest cigars, he uses rum and sugar in his mojito and he visits the doctor if/when his drinking and smoking eventually catches up with him (but rest assured, this rarely happens. And I should know; I spoke to a doctor once).
Many notable gentleman have enjoyed Cuba as a gentleman’s refuge, such as Ernest Hemingway and Frank Sinatra. There’s something about the Caribbean air, cheap rum and the fact that you can’t walk down the street without being offered a cigar that draws gentleman from far and wide to the island.
In order to avoid being ridiculed by the locals, cigars must be purchased in boxes of 25. This is the smallest quanta possible. Request a single cigar and you will be laughed off the island (literally – it’s not pleasant). This means if you wish to sample a few different cigars, you can quickly amass hundreds. When traveling home, customs restrictions are often very stringent with tobacco, so you will need to make sure you smoke all of them while in Cuba.
But you were probably going to do that anyway, because you’re a gentleman.
Another thing to prepare yourself for in Cuba is that essentially nothing has been updated since the 1960s. This means that all the cars are old, the technology is old and the people are old. This could be attributed to the communist government seceding from primarily U.S.-run technological advancement, or it could be attributed to the Cuban people enjoying living as if in a better era, the hey-day of the gentleman.
So with that, I strongly suggest you take a trip to Cuba. It will amplify your gentlemanliness like no other country.
Until next time,