Sunrise over Cuba? Check!

I was in Cuba last week, in bed one morning, sticky, hot, and wet from the humidity that christened my room via the faulty air conditioner. I got up, grabbed my camera, and walked the 1/4 mile to the water.

“Sunrise over Cuba?” It wasn’t on my bucket list but why couldn’t I add it, right now, and check it off at the same time? An instant coffee strategy of must-do list making. 

I sat on a low cement wall, my feet dangling over the edge, and waited for the silent and reliable rebirth of the day to arrive. The sky unrolled from pale grey to baby lip pink to sultry orange.  From innocuous to innocent to incandescent in just a quarter of an hour. 

What a show!

Sunrise over Cuba?  Check!

Sunrise over Cuba

Sunrise over Cuba


Kimberley Lovato

Kimberley Lovato has written about travel, lifestyle and food for national and international publications and websites including National Geographic Traveler, Executive Travel, American Way, AFAR, Condé Nast Traveller (UK), Ryan Air, b.there, Easy Jet Traveller, and, among others. She is the author of a Michelin Guidebook on Brussels, where she lived for six years Her culinary travel book, Walnut Wine & Truffle Groves, about the Dordogne region of France, won the "Best Travel Book" nod in 2012 from the Society of American Travel Writers, as did her personal essay, "Lost and Liberated," which also appeared in Best Women's Travel Writing, Volume 8. When she's not plotting her next trip or her annual pilgrimage to France, she resides in San Francisco where she is a correspondent for BBC's Passport Blog, a student in Stanford University's Creative Writing Certificate program, and a brave mother of a teenaged girl.