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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  • Blue skies when it was meant to pour with rain. These two have luck on their side 🙌🏽
  • Katie and Colin. Officially married 🙌🏽
  • Music is one of the most important things in both our lives. It’s has shaped us and supported us. This means whenever we get a chance, we go and watch bands live, as getting to see the songs that means so much to you played by the people who made them is just next level awesome. Last night we watched Biffy Clyro again, this band is particularly meaningful to us as a couple as our first dance at our wedding was to one of their songs 💜 Here’s both of us wearing Simon Neil masks leant to us by two lovely Glaswegian ladies we met at the show last night.
  • Getting ready. Letting it flow as it does without stage direction from us is so important. This way you have the moments you’re meant to with the people you love, without an outside coming in and taking over. At our wedding, I got ready with my favorite humans, and would have hated all of those beautiful, natural moments to be swept up and choreographed by a photographer - real moments matter 🙌🏽
  • New week vibe.
  • Kelly in the South of France.
Prepping to blog this gem of a wedding! Cannot wait to share their wedding which took place in a medieval village overlooking the French countryside.
  • Guests make a wedding.
  • It was so special to witness Lashara getting ready for her wedding with her dad. Watching him button up her dress and help her with her shoes. Such a special and private time - and I was lucky enough to be there for it 💜
  • All I know is I get sympathy excitement butterflies looking at Rich’s face here! You can almost feel his nervous excitement!
  • A lifetime reflected in a moment.
  • The only time it’s acceptable to throw plants at people.
  • This look. Marriage goals is to have your person look at you like this for the rest of your lives.

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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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