Cuba was high on my list of places to visit before it changes too much, and I’m glad I went when I did. Those who say they have been to Cuba and sat on a white sandy beach in a 5-star resort have not seen the real country. There is so much more to it – amazing architecture, beautiful scenery, interesting history, as well as the lovely beaches. It’s refreshing to visit somewhere without a Starbucks or McDonald’s on any corner, although the local cuisine is limited in its variety. Learning about the local politics, education system, healthcare and economic situation was fascinating, thanks to our very knowledgeable Exodus guide. The Isla Grande trip really does take you around the whole country. This does mean lots of coach travel, but it was comfortable, air conditioned and allowed for a quick snooze after the dancing and mojitos of the night before. The hotels varied but on the whole were of good quality. There is a real variety of activities included – boating down rivers, exploring in the jungle, whizzing around cities on bike taxis and dancing in the music halls. It was an action-packed trip, with a great group of people, and yet another memorable holiday with Exodus.