Previously KNOT JUST PICS. Same shit, different name.

For both of us, Cuba has always been high on the list of places we have wanted to go. When we got the chance to travel to the Caribbean for work, we knew that we just had to try and spend some time in Cuba while we were there. Apologies in advance if this becomes somewhat of an essay, but there is just far too much to say about this fascinating place… Most people seem to think of Che Guevara, Mojitos, old cars and the Buena Vista Social Club when Cuba is mentioned – and all this is totally spot on so we won’t need to go into that side of things here. Cuba is currently in a very interesting place – somewhere between old fashioned socialism/still heavily embargoed by the US and opening up to the world now that Fidel Castro has passed away. We knew we didn’t want to stay in a government run hotels (which they all are, and was where most Americans and other rich Europeans who relished in the power of their currencies stayed), the only time we dared to venture into them was to use their internet – wifi and even mobile phones are VERY new developments in Cuba. Since Raul Castro took over, and Cubans have gradually been allowed to explore private enterprise, Casa Particulares have sprung up all over the place – these are rooms in local Cuban’s houses that they rent out to tourists as way of making some money, and provide an incredible opportunity for tourists to see how real Cubans live. Our first Casa Particulare was in the heart of the less touristy part of old Havana with an amazing family (and kitty). Most people here are poor, very poor –  in a kind of way you only can be by decades of hardship. They have very little and live in very small homes yet have the biggest and most generous hearts. Private lives are lived out on the street, and the sense of community here is unlike anywhere we have ever been. People, live, eat, dance and sing on the street and everywhere is full of the most electric creative energy. There is art everywhere and music emanating from houses around every corner. People salsa in the street, alongside those selling bread and fixing their cars. This is a collection of some snapshots from our wanderings around the streets.

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Andy & Szerdi on Instagram

  • Technicolor sunset, twinkly city lights and two ridiculously in love people. Perfection.
  • When I say Jane and Dale make good dresses, I mean it 😍 @mccarthywolff consistently knocking it out of the park (is that the correct sporting phrase?)
It was such a delight being with their creative awesome alongside the incredible Wadene from @nixonmakeup for this shoot. @hudkitten you’re pretty babelicious too 😍
  • I’m not even sorry how many of these I’m going to share ☺️💜
  • Can’t get over this level of babeness 🔥
  • Last night was a special kind of magic. Leigh and Misha, you have the most awesome love to be around. @mccarthywolff not only do we love you two humans, but that dress was next level! @wadene07 (for @nixonmakeup ) you absolute gem! Hair and MU were utter perfection!
  • Kids at weddings.
  • Getting ready for some more city shooting, and I am ex.ci.ted! 🔥
  • Moments in the morning. Clean, perfect rooms, perfume bottle and shoes perfectly lined up for an arty photo, bridesmaids on best behavior....nah none of that’s the real good stuff that goes on the morning of a wedding! If you just take a step back and watch, there are gems unfolding at every moment. Real, normal and way more beautiful.
  • A year ago we went for a run on a miserable rainy day, and about a block from our house I spotted a tiny white rabbit in the park. I walked over to him, he hopped up to me and I picked him up and carried him home. I found out from neighbours he had been abandoned in the park by a family who didn’t want the hassle of looking after their child’s ill-thought out pet (please feel free to ask me why rabbits are terrible pets for small children...) we planned to fix him up as he was quite sick, and to find him a home, but we didn’t expect that home to be ours. So a year later, happy gotcha-versary Stuart Little 🐰 you’re the most awesome little dude and I swear you’re more dog than bunny ☺️
  • If you didn’t play air guitar at your wedding, are you even really married?
  • A series of beautiful wedding ceremony moments.
  • Lauren, Andrew, a Knysna head and a view of where they got engaged.

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  • This weekend exceeded all expectations! 🙌 Sooo many good bands, the friendliest people, and delicious veggie food. The mud and rain even made it a proper English festival experience 🌧 This was our first @downloadfest and we WILL be back! Thank you @the_szerd for enjoying the same noisy music as me and always being my band buddy 😘
  • This summer in Europe has been epic for bands so far! Another one from our “must-see” band list. Alice in Chains 🔥 Definite highlights were this song, Them Bones, and Nutshell, which Jerry Cantrell dedicated to Layne Stayley. Totes emosch 😥 @aliceinchains
  • I played bass for a long time and this man was my bass crush 😍 #justinchancellor was worth every second of the 20 year wait to watch this man play 🙌 ... and I got his plectrum ! That’s getting framed.
  • Tool 🙌 I waited 20 years to see this band and it finally happened last night in Berlin, of all places. They were a massive influence on my own band and were actually one of the reasons @the_szerd and I started dating over 15 years ago. I even played in a Tool tribute band back in the day. Excellent times!
  • People watching from the shade.
  • Exploring the narrow streets and alleyways of Stone Town, Zanzibar. This place reminds us so much of the old part of Jeddah with the African/Arab cross culture and architecture.
  • It may be “sun’s out, guns out”, but it’s “balls out” at sunset when the heat finally let’s up.
  • Excellent vibe on what’s left of the beach at high tide.
  • Ocean and people watching from a shadey spot. The guy on the right, dressed in tradition Masai garb, is David. We had along chat about tattoos before he sold me a bracelet.
  • Dear god it’s hot. But also quite nice.
  • Hello Zanzibar 🤗 Can’t wait to get in that water!
  • We’re a hazard when we’re walking the streets cus we’re always looking up and bumping into people. Obsessed with the beautiful Dutch architecture!

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