With which color could you express Cuba? First, an orange-like red comes to mind. It would be the sunset that stains the sky with dark orange, a handkerchief tied round a healthy girl’s head, or a poster with a powerful face of Che Guevara on it.
Cuba is still a communist state, but it is quickly changing with a strong influence of capitalism. The capital city of Havana is in the middle of such change. At the same time, it is preserving the past of Cuba. You can see the enthusiasm of the people at Havana Old Square (Plaza Vieja). Always filled with rumba and jazz in the air, the unrealized dream of revolution is still fresh. Walk on the smoothly worn stone path to Obispo Street past the old cathedral, while a tasty smell stimulates your nostrils. There is an array of restaurants and bars serving the traditional dishes of Cuba.
After appreciating the culture and sentiments of Old Town, head to El Malecon before it is too late. Meaning “the embankment” in Spanish, El Malecon is a coastal road spanning 8km along the northern coast of Havana. This is how Havana looks, and it is a destination on the bucket list of many international travelers. The melody of the sad and happy songs tickles your ears at sunset, the only blessing of this location, which is filled with old buildings and embankment. Young lovers dance beneath the beautiful colors.
Bali is also known for its original color. Purple associated with undiscovered mysteries and God’s holy dignity, and rich green of tropical rainforests come to mind.
Bali is often called ‘the island of gods.’ Why? Bali is an island of religious people, as you can see in its name, which comes from ‘Wari,’ meaning sacrifice in Sanskrit. You will see a temple anywhere you go. It is not an exaggeration. There are over 20,000 Hindu temples, and each household has a Hindu shrine. The candles at the temples never go off, and the scents from the incense fill the air in every space. They live with gods from morning until night. Prayers and smiles of humble worshippers are a welcome sight.
Bali is not just an island of gods; it is also an island discovered by surfers. The clean seas and the high waves must have offered a paradise for surfers. The natural environment of Bali promises an unforgettable experience even for non-surfers. You can enjoy snorkeling in Bali’s most beautiful beach located in Menjangan Island. If you are lucky, you can even witness countless wild deer running and wading around the beach. It would also be exciting to see the true aspects of a tropical rainforest at the botanical garden in Bedoegoel, and wear ornaments by choosing from a variety of craft items created by talented local masters in the art village of Ubud.
The original color of a space can become dull over time. The joy of traveling is in breaking away from your daily grind, and enjoying new colors and scents. This is why we always look forward to embark upon a new journey.