CUBA! Here's What Surprised Us Most: Safety, Food, Money, Cigars, Cars

it is our last day in Cuba and we find

no means claim to be experts on this

crazy unique complicated beautiful

country though we have learned a lot so

in today's video as we spend our last

day here wandering around the vanna we

want to share with you all the things

that have surprised us most about this

country we originally came to Cuba we

came here with a lot of misconceptions

and one of the biggest ones for me was

how prevalent the cigar culture was here

I'd spected show up in the country and

everybody who's gonna be walking around

smoking cigars but it turns out that's

not the case at least anymore and that's

because we learned from one of our

guides that most of the locals here

actually consider cigars a luxury so

unless somebody is actually working in

the tobacco industry and they can get

them at a very reduced price you're not

gonna see a lot of locals walking around

smoking cigars it turns out it's mainly

for the tourists

when I pictured the style in cube I've

always pictured fedoras and white

clothes and it turns out it's true there

are a ton of people wearing the

traditional fedoras and a lot of people

wearing white clothes too but it's not

what you think the white clothes

actually stem back to a religion called

afro-cuban which is the most prevalent

religion to this day in Cuba and when

you're entering into it for the very

first year you have to wear all white so

that's why a lot of Tours when they come

here think that white is just the style

and you're like they need to wear white



can you super cheese so everyone knows

that Cuba is full of these really old

cool American cars so what most people

don't realize is that for every old

American car there's one of these old

rushing carts I appeal ideas right here

I think they're just not as well-known

because the other cars are much more

popular on Instagram humans spend a lot

of time waiting in line

whether you're waiting in line for a

Wi-Fi card like we are now or whether

you're going to the bank or a store for

some reason they only put a few people

into each location at once and so there

isn't being this really long line

outside of many of the stores even

though it looks like a big jumbled mess

behind me it actually turns out that

there's a really good system so

important that when somebody new walks

out to get in the line they ask who's

last and if your last wish was to raise

your hand

everybody kind of knows where they stand

in line that way you don't have to wait

in this perfectly little single-file

line everybody can just kind of hang out

where they're comfortable but everybody

knows exactly for this game

let's talk about a few minutes we know

so much about the food culture here in

Cuba because we went on a food tour and

we're social kids about why that is down

it's really in ingredients to promote

Italian food it's very accessible here

and very affordable

there's pizza and pasta everywhere

which we love Street pizza has got to be

our favorite that would cut here so far

and they fold it like a taco so became

the Cuba and you only ate at the

touristy restaurants you would probably

leave thinking that the food here is

really expensive you just have to know

where to go where they look like


and it's really one of the most

mind-blowing things that we've learned

since being in Cuba is that Cuban

sandwiches aren't Cuban apparently to

ban Americans are actually the ones that

created the Cuban sandwich but so many

people have come here looking for a

Cuban sandwich that the Cubans have

actually started serving in

before he came to Cuba and heard that

doctors here make less than 100 dollars

per month I had such a hard time

believing that until we stayed with our

first host whose brother was a

neurosurgeon and when I asked him his

brother makes $80 per month that's it

and it's amazing to me that anyone here

in Cuba is still motivated to become a

doctor after being here for a week from

what we've observed the people who work

in the tourism industry are the most

well-off which means a lot of them are

way overqualified for what they're doing

for example our hosts in Vinny Ollis was

a physics professor but made more money

opening up his home to tourists then

teaching then the guy who showed us

around the coffee plantation was a

computer science engineer but I think

the craziest thing of all is that you

can make more money driving a taxi than

being a neurosurgeon in Cuba

one thing this super you need to keep I

don't think we've experienced that

anywhere else in the world is that they

actually have two different currencies

they have the local Cuban peso and then

they have the tourist money this is CEP

this is C you see I thought before he

came that I was gonna need to get my

hands on the local pesos and I was gonna

be able to save all kinds of money with

it but it turns out they're pretty much

used interchangeably here the locals are

using the tourist money just as much as

we are so you don't have to worry about

getting your hands on the local pesos it

might save you a little bit of money and

street food but for the most part if

you're using the tourist money you're

not gonna beer at the office okay I know

this is a little weird but we're

planning this trip we read that there

was like no toilet paper in Cuba bring

your own toilet paper and I've been

carrying it around but there's been

doing paper everywhere we haven't been

without it a single time some places you

do have to pay for it like a few cents

but there has not been a single back

there with that toilet paper in it so

don't worry you don't have to bring your

own clothes paper when we very first

stepped foot in Cuba one of the first

things that we noticed is how many

people were just outside kids were

playing outside the yard people who are

sitting on the side of the road just

having conversations with each other

when we will go into a restaurant whoo

that's real people will be having

conversations and not sitting on their


that is because Wi-Fi in Cuba is pretty

new and very restrictive if you want to

get connected to Wi-Fi you have to wait

and a really long line and get one of

these cards one card equals 1 hour of

internet you can only use them in

certain Wi-Fi zones such as these Wi-Fi

parts they're very easy to spot there

are lots throughout the city and it's

just a bunch of people sitting on

benches nose-down in their phone making

the most of the Wi-Fi said they paid for

him and we had heard before we came to

Cuba that it wasn't even worth spending

the time to get one of these because

Wi-Fi was really slow you could even do

anything but we have not found that to

be the case at all we think it's

actually pretty fast we even watched

YouTube video being without internet for

a whole week has been the craziest

experience breath we've bought Wi-Fi

cards like twice to check in on some

things but for the most part we have

been internet free and it has been so

interesting it's led to some very unique

conversations like the other night over

dinner I found myself explaining the

carrot house sugar cane turns into sugar

things that we never would have talked

about before we both just paused after

that conversation we're like how did we

get here you get to places in

conversations that you could only get to

if you aren't able to like look down

your phone and do something more

interesting there definitely pros and

cons - it's been fun like trying to

figure out how to get places about maps

that we heavily rely on but there are

other times where we're wondering

something and we're like gosh if we

could just google it we wouldn't have to

wonder anymore

more like fact check ourselves for these

videos I'm pretty sure I'm saying this

right normally I'd look at the internet

make sure it's a fun change of pace


we typically don't take our expensive

camera gear out at night because we

don't really that's a very wise thing to

do in any big city in the world but

that's another thing that you really

surprised us about the bana is just how

safe everyone's told us that it is from

reading stuff on the internet and from

talking to our hosts apparently the city

is super safe even at night our host

told us it was no problem to take our

camera out but it just feels so wrong

like honestly the streets here at night

look sketchy it feels like a place that

should be unsafe and so when we're

toting our gear around I'm still feeling

like a little uncomfortable don't take

this as a director I can additionally go

flaunting all of your expensive stuff

like in Cuba but it's just interesting

to note and so far nothing's happened to

make us feel unsafe our time in Cuba is

officially coming to an end

such an eye-opening trip for the both of


we have even scratch the surface of

everything we've learned from there but

we hope you enjoyed this different style

of video there's so much more to see and

do in Cuba we're very sad to be leaving

but tomorrow we're going



it says it on here somewhere

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