When one uses the word dilapidated, you don't often hear it used in the context of "Beautifully Dilapidated." Habana, Cuba is that one such city. For 18 hrs, I got to experience and learn about this city, its history, its people and its architecture. While I was amazed at the use of pastel colors in almost all aspects such as cars, building paint, and clothing, I was more surprised by the level of preservation and adaptive reuse of the buildings. Since the 1960's, the Embargo has limited the development of the city. With no money and no way to import high-end materials, the city is composed of patchworks, mixtures of old and new, all working, and beautifully mismatched.