Hopefully these pictures speak for themselves…. The trip to Cuba was amazing and we loved it. So much to learn and it is really hard after just 10 days to say whether we have anything close to a true understanding of what life is really like for these wonderful people.
Natural beauty. Beaches, jungles, amazing weather! We walked for hours each day.
Architectural beauty… some restored but much in ruins with encouraging signs of many sites being made ready for restoration. And yet the project seems insurmountable. Since coming home I read that three buildings per day collapse in Havana. From what we saw, I believe this to be true.
Everyone was friendly and we always felt safe even though we were often in very impoverished areas. It seems to be a completely drug-free culture and even the easy flow of rum and beer didn’t seem to lead to anything very problematic. Just music and dance.
We didn’t buy as many cigars as the street folks would have liked… but we escaped some of those situations with everyone’s good humour still intact.
Below are some pictures, in no particular order:
Monumento Jose Marti, Havana Cuba
Karl Marx Theatre in Havana
Architecture in Havana covers a range of eras. When older buildings have been maintained or restored, they are magnificent.
Looking at the door of our casa in Havana Vieja
Looking out our door in the casa in Havana Vieja
I loved the water!
The horse and carriage is still a common form of transportation in Cuba – not just a tourist thing it seems
Old architecture in Varadero
They gave me a flower after our first dinner in Varadero
red car in Varadero Cuba
tobacco man havana
Deryk near our casa Havana Vieja
Red Car on the Malecon Havana
Old cars parked Havana Cuba
gorgeous beach at Varadero
jungle vegetation in Varadero
old mercedes – best cab ride ever!
I *do* love my fresh coconut water!
I swear I didn’t inhale!
Backyard smoke break in Varadero. Lots of cigar scams on the Cuban streets
Deryk and the Cuban flag
caring for an old car in old Havana
reno about to start
looking up at museo de la revolucion
museo de la revolution was pretty interesting and very grisly. Lots of bullet holes in the walls, bloodstained shirts of freedom fighters etc. We spent hours and learned a lot about what is cherished here
Two cool cars, two contrasting buildings
Restored building beside ruin
Restored building beside a ruin
old cars Havana
art from old piano Havana Cuba
building in decay Havana
building in decay Havana
Bird and dog on the roof of a decayed building. People live in some very unstable places
Havana Vieja jester
lots of stray animals
cafe and postcard
Havana Vieja architecture
Later, this guy picked up a child from the audience and danced with her on his shoulder.
Square miles of decayed buildings are dotted with beautifully restored areas, generally this is where the tourists spend their time and money (by the way, I never saw as many Canadian dollars as I did in a Cuban bank.)
So much work to do
I have a theory about jump rope. In North America it’s usually a girl’s game – especially the style where two people turn the rope and one or more jump inside. I think it teaches collaboration and perhaps that’s why it’s also a boy’s game in Cuba. Just sayin’
how would you start to renovate this?
coco cab Havana
Old cars on Malecon Havana. In Varadero we thought perhaps the old cars were just for the tourists. We changed our mind when we saw Havana!
Elizabeth at church on Malecon Havana
Street culture was tons of fun.
Repair in progress – there are so many projects that need to be done. Some seem like they are well under way and others look like they may never get started.
Favourite quote: “Cuba doesn’t have the technology to make a bad beer”
people live with disrepair
repair and disrepair
Classic View of Havana Harbour
We saw many stray cats and dogs.
Small carts were everywhere. The fruit was delicious.
The schools were in about the same state of repair as the housing. Kids know Manchester United though….
The iconic image of Che Guevara was everywhere! In Cuba we learned that the photographer, Korda, is highly respected for the impact of his work on the world’s view of the revolution.
Right across from the Jose Marti monument (big tourist attraction) was an 8 or 10 lane highway, so empty even in mid-day that it was easy to jaywalk. There just aren’t many cars on the road in Cuba.
Sign on school wall says “practice physical exercise”
Another view of the beautiful patio at Betty and Jorge’s
patio of our casa in Varadero (Betty and Jorge’s)
Staying in “casas” meant breakfast prepared by a family and served in their living room!
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