Common facts about Cuba you should know

Before you travel to Cuba, you might want to inform yourself about common things which might be important for you. E.g., as Cuba is a communist country, you cannot just grab your luggage and fly there. Depending on your country, you need to fit into some regulatory frames. This applies in particular to US-American citizens. Besides that, as a tourist you will usually not be able to pay with the national currency but you need to pay with a special tourist currency.  As you see, to visit Cuba can be a little be challenging than to travel to another country. Therefore I would like to give you in this article some common information about traveling to Cuba.

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Night photography at winter

There are times and places when the low arc of the sun in winter doesn’t allow photographers to work many hours at daylight. While someone is considering this as a limitation, the other ones take this situation as an advantage and a chance to do some outstanding night photography. Shooting at night under clear skies would additionally allow to include stars in the photo. In case, the moon is shining, it will cast a nice blue hue over the scenery. Some snow on the ground would help to make the detail exposure in the foreground easier. In this article I will give you some tips how to improve your night photography or, in case you never did this, some initial tips.

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How to shoot winter images

The winter creates a special mood and has something magical.  Extreme weather can make it sometimes difficult to shoot. But this season can also bring clear air, frost, untouched snow and ice. You don’t need a cold weather to make great photos through the colder months. Whether snow or rain, clear blue sky, or dull; here are some helpful tips that will make your winter images stand out from the crowd.

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Shopping in Panama City

Panama City is known for its malls, so you can do an extensive shopping there. But to be clear just from the beginning: for me it wasn’t worth it. Before I explain the reasons, let’s check three malls in Panama City. But first of all you should know that the prices in Panama are usually displayed excluding VAT. When you are from the United States, it is nothing new for you. But if you are, for example from Europe, you need to keep it in mind.

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Things to do in Panama City

  When I travel, I categorize the places where I go into two categories. The first one is a place where I could go back anytime because it was so exciting. The second category is a place which is exciting too, but to see it once, is quite enough. When I was about to go to Panama City, I was excited and looking forward for a lot of places of interest. But it turned out that this spot is actually not a tourist friendly place because there are not really much things to do in Panama City. For that reason Panama City landed on my “see it once is enough” list. Of course, it is just my opinion and someone other would disagree with that. So read on and make your own opinion. Actually there are only two of nameable tourist attractions in Panama City – the Old Panama, called Casco Viejo and the Metropolitan Natural Park. There are also a botanical garden and a museum. But for me it is not worth to be recommended. More about those two later. First I will tell you something about casco viejo and the park.

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