Cuba Research via Instagram
I love Instagram for so many different reasons. First, it’s incredibly visual. Then there’s finding a like minded group of instagrammers that you can tap into in any part of the world by using appropriate #hashtags. Are you in a foreign city on the water–looking for grilled octopus–a quick search will get you to a great restaurant. I also use it for the real time research you can collect for a new destination. Looking for updates on the ever-changing scene in this au courant location, I found myself doing Cuba research via instagram for my trip next week.
I recently connected with @kymri on instagram through my first post on Cuba about mood board inspiration. She has a great series of photos from her two trips that she has tagged #cubagram. This hashtag was a perfect start for my search as it led to many other travelers and their trip coverage. I was especially taken by this shot of Cojimar, Cuba. Inspiration for Hemingway’s “Old Man and the Sea”. My Dad has given me a list of sites to investigate-he is so curious about all things Hemingway and wishes he could stowaway on the trip.
Knowing that the internet is spotty at best and very expensive in Cuba, I was pleasantly surprised to find the @ig_cuba community alive and full of great photos. And I will need to find these women for a photo op.
It was great to be able to search for all of the hotels I will be staying in as well as the paladars for meals. I tend to trust photos taken by visitors a little more than what you can find on official web sites.
Many of the shots from @istimor illustrate the rawness that I am expecting from the country. Pastels that are rough around the edges. Everyone has told me it is photography heaven. To be honest, I am kind of looking forward to being off line while there so I can really concentrate on my skills and content and not be in such a rush to upload every evening.
@Romy_A gave me a great indication of what the weather is currently like. Yes, I’m looking forward to a change from the Boston snow. Just hoping we cycle through next weeks weather predictions and get to Miami without any problems.
Kim-Marie over at @LuxuryTravelMom just returned from Cuba and had a great group of shots from Havana, as well as a darn good looking mojito from the Havana Club.
Finally @natalya_tihonova has shown me like so many others have that Cubans are incredibly friendly people. It will be a good chance to step out of my comfort zone and take more portrait shots while engaging with the locals.
Have we connected yet on instagram? Give me a heads up in the comments and i’ll head over to your account. Follow GreenWithRenvy + travel to Cuba with me (and a few other spots I have on the 2015 agenda.) Cuidado!
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