Unique BnBs in Cuba Part 2

This time our unique Bnb is in Viñales, Viñales is beautiful valley and a nice little village, that got flooded by tourists over the last years. There are around 300 Bnbs in Viñales, each one has it’s own appeal, but this one is special.
La Cabaña el Atardecer is a Bohío, that’s the name for the wooden farmer’s houses in Cuba’s countryside, with roofs made out of palm tree leaves.
Those help to keep the place cool in summer and warm in winter.
Well, La China, the owner of the BnB prepared one part of her farm, in the middle of the valley for tourists and gives them a unique experience. The BnB is your chance to stay at a real tobacco farm and be part of the country life.
It is not that rustic though, the Bohío has power and running water, it’s own bathroom and a fan.
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La Cabaña
The position is idyllic and close to the village but comes with the peace of the valley.
Every food served on the farm is organic and planted by the farmers, who are lovely hosts.
I recommend to book the room in advance, as there is a huge demand.
Make your days in Viñales unique and get the real experience.
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José Luis and La China 
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Unique BnBs in Cuba Part 1

There many really nice BnBs, or Casa Particulares in Cuba. Some of them have pretty views, some have amazing decorations and most of them have lovely owners, so that you instantly feel at home.
Sometimes it’s a little hard to find them and a recommendation or some tips on where to stay in Cuba are helpful.
But this post is about something else. This post is about BnB, that a little different and transmit a different vibe, or just have something very special. This is not publicity for those places.
If you find one on your own and want to share it, please feel free to send me a message or an email!

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So here is my first example of a special Casa Particular in Havana’s Neighborhood Vedado. Why is it special or different? Well- Palo means wood or stick. And that’s the material of the house.
Yes the Casa the Palo is partly a wooden House in the middle of the urbanized Vedado.
Being one of the first houses around here in around 1900 the Bnb maintained it’s traditional wooden structure but got modernized inside and offers a new eclectic vibe. They mix classic and modern elements and create a unique home
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This their Facebook page and they are also on Air Bnb.
The house has three rooms, of which two are possible to connect through a door and one is more independent.
The place has huge porch and nice hosts that are happy to assist with anything.
Casa the palo is your chance to stay in a house that used to be one of the traditional fincas in the Vedado, before it became a high class neighborhood in the early 20th century.

Young and Independent Cuban Cinema

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The Cine Chaplin Yesterday with the opening installation 
Yesterday one of my favorite events started in Havana: La Muestra del Cine Jovén.
Basically it is a film festival for young Cuban directors to present their latest work. They present a great variety of short films and documentaries. During the festival there also a lot workshops and interesting talks from local and international realizers.
Every year the Muestra is a interesting way to engage with Cuban culture from different perspectives and get to know young Cuban art.
The festival mainly takes Places in the Cine Chaplin (23rd Street between 10 and 12 in the Vedado), but there are also activities in the cultural Centre Fresa y Chocolate across the street and in the Cine 23 y 12, just one block away.
The 16th Muestra de Cine Joven started yesterday April 4th and finishes on the 9th. Make sure to stop by while your in Havana you won’t regret it.
The films have English subtitles, so even if do not speak Spanish you won’t be lost!