When you come to a new country, there are always surprises. In the first few days, there are a ton of them– different currency (bills are waterproof plastic, different sizes and the coins go up to $2), two different flush buttons on the toilet, and no “surrender” in blackjack, to name a few– but after a week or so, you get used to these minor differences. But the cool part is when something comes up out of the blue. The other day, I was talking to a local, and he was telling me that he just got back from a “holiday” to the States, and that he went to the Caribbean while he was there.
“Where in the Caribbean?” I asked him.
“Jamaica and Cuba,” he says.
“Cuba? I thought you weren’t allowed-” Then it dawned on me: Just like every other country in the world, Australia doesn’t have that stupid trade embargo with Cuba!
…So I’m sitting here, smoking a Montecristo straight from Havana, chilling on the balcony of my BRAND NEW APARTMENT! Seriously, this place can’t be more than two years old. I got the apartment by stupid, dumb luck: the company I’m consulting for had a lease signed through the end of October for a group of three guys from another company, and their contract ran out- so who did they decide to put in the apartment for the rest of the lease but yours truly. I moved in just this past Saturday. Also, I’m on the 39th floor, which allows me to take photos like these:
I was so excited about the new apartment that I even made a video about it. I made this video 10 days ago so don’t be confused: the first 2 minutes or so of the video is of my old apartment, and the last 5 minutes is of the new apartment.
disclaimer: the video is a little rough around the edges, and I only had a vague idea of what I was going to do before I started rolling. I promise to transform into a smooth on-camera personality before I post any more videos. it’s 7 minutes long, so you can just fast forward to about the 4:20 mark and you’ll get the gist of what’s going on. I’m a little ambivalent to actually put this video on here, but screw it- check it out: