In Havana, it’s all in the details. No matter where we were, I couldn’t help but notice small but intricate details everywhere. I began constantly scanning the environment for hidden gems like engraved pavement, art deco sidewalks, or even special details on cars. It felt like my own little private Havana, one that only the weirdly observational noticed.
Easily one of my favorite parts was a private game I played with myself of I Spy. By private, I mean I was the only one playing, but every time I spotted something there was no failure in swatting B’s arm to enthusiastically point and stare, as if I had successfully located the thimble in Havana’s picture riddle.
I’m very competitive.
I started playing from the parking lot at the José Martí International Airport, when I noticed a minute detail of an already impeccable car.
The car lock! It’s a basilisk!
Well, probably not a basilisk, but a Harry Potter girl can dream.
From a doorstep in Varadero…
… to a park bench on Calle 23…
… to street art casually chillin’ on every block in the city.
If you can’t tell, I’m quite the stop-and-go photographer. I like to think it’s incredible for my calves.
B is very patient.
The churches had a competitive game of their own. This one, La Catedral de la Virgen María de la Concepción Inmaculada de La Habana (AKA, the Havana Cathedral), was killin’ it in the chandelier and the stained glass game. It’s located in the Centro Havana, one of the first places you’ll probably stumble across when in the city.
While beautiful in many facets, the Basilica Menor de San Francisco de Asis (Basilica and Monastery of Saint Francis of Assisi) was not one to be one-upped in the chandelier game.
Also in the Plaza de la Catedral: more incredible stained glass. 13/10 would live on this balcony.
And the tile game? Don’t even get me started.
I mean. COME ON.
LOOK AT THAT MASTERPIECE. About to tear down every lamo “BEWARE OF DOG” sign I see in LA and demand that they replace it with a tile cartoon version.
This is a street sign that makes my life feel wildly inadequate.
Did I mention that Havana is the perfect place to snap #shoefies? Top hit: our Air BnB’s porch in Vedado.
Okay, so this giant face is no “small” detail, but it required attention nonetheless. So does the carved face on the wall.
Even windows wanted in on the game.
Battle Royale between the door knockers and windows!
When looking up the term for “thing that sits on hood of car”, the best suggestion was “car mascot.”
Done aaaand done.
Pretty sure Picasso is Cuban and had a thing for street art.
EVEN THE WINDOW PROTECTORS.
Finally, I present this random wall. I could break the finest piece of china and glue it back together exactly how it was before, and it still wouldn’t look this good.
In conclusion, if your head isn’t consistently on a swivel in Havana, you’re doing it wrong.
Also, you probably won’t end up with neck pain.