One of my dreams was fulfilled. Last month, I had the opportunity to visit a country that has been on my bucket-list for the longest, Cuba. Can’t even begin to express the joy and excitement I anticipated when I found out about the trip. All I could think and imagine were the beautiful people with endless stories to tell, the classic cars around every corner, the loud and vibrant music, the delicious homemade rice and beans with meat, and most importantly, the hope. Peoples hope to continue to look forward and remain positive.
I teamed up with Billabong to visit this beautiful country and showcase some of my favorite Billabong pieces while exploring the city. We spent four days between Habana and Varadero Playa which was a great mix of city and beach.
Our time in Habana was spent roaming around the neighborhoods, talking to locals, taking photos of cars, people and walls/buildings. The streets in Habana were filled with so much charm, at times I felt like certain streets told a story. It definitely felt like you were walking back into time. Almost every single wall was deteriorating, but I love how the wear showed character and history. The little kids playing soccer or roller blading on almost every corner brought me so much joy because you could see happiness and not one care in the world in their eyes. It was amazing.
We then drove about 2.5 hours away from Habana to explore the beach, Varadero. Probably one of the most beautiful and clean beaches I’ve been to date. From the cristal clear water, to how luke warm it was, to how soft the sand was, Varadero was a dream! Our hotel was right infront of the beach so after having breakfast every morning, we walked down to the beach to enjoy a dip and the sun. There were awesome caves just below our hotel that were easy to swim to so we hung out under the rock caves and talked about life. One of my favorite experiences to date.
We experienced a beautiful week in Cuba where we met some of the most sweetest people and talked/learned more about Cuban way of life through their eyes and words. I got to take a precious memory with me that will live in my heart forever. Cuba is a beautiful place and I’m so thankful I got to experience it with great company.
thank you billabong for an unforgettable trip.
Happy I got to work again with my friend Grant Legan on this trip. He has such a unique eye.
Photography by Grant Legan / instagram
BILLABONG ‘Take me Away’ dress
BILLABONG ‘Even Waves’ beach tote
BILLABONG ‘midnight dreaming’ tank
BILLABONG ‘midnight dreaming’ cropped pants
BILLABONG cropped baja poncho
BILLABONG ‘Peace not War’ shorts
BILLABONG ‘Sea Goddess’ dress
BILLABONG ‘One love, One sea’ tank
BILLABONG ‘georgia striped’ bikini bottom
BILLABONG ‘Dazed Dreamer’ kimono
BILLABONG ‘Work Hard’ tank
BILLABONG ‘GI Geo’ onepiece rashguard