Looking From Malecon Drive Into Old Havana

This is one of those black and white photos that can make totally geek out over the monochromatic tones and textures within the image. I can stare at all those shadows and highlights for a loooong time without getting the least bit bored. As always, click on the image to enlarge it nice and big. … [Read more...]

They Invited Me Into Their Home And Opened My Heart

While in Matanzas I took a drive up the hill to an area that overlooked much of the city, and found a perfect place to park and street to explore. The first home I saw was an incredibly dilapidated structure that I was utterly convinced must be abandoned. I thought, "There's no way someone could live here", and proceeded to take photos of the exterior. A few minutes of photo taking, and my … [Read more...]

Havana At Street Level

The views below are all good representations of what it looks like to walk around Old and Central Havana, but my favourite one - and probably the one closest to a quintissential view of the city - is the first one. This is a view of San Rafael Street (Centro Havana) as it enters Old Havana. You know you've arrived in Old Havana when the population of the streets suddenly quadruples. People who … [Read more...]

Lonesome Traveller?

Another moment in Cuba where I wish I could have better spoken the language. The way this fellow was packed, I assumed he was travelling the country, but I wasn't positive, and couldn't form the words to ask him. At any rate, he had a very peaceful, worldly aura about him. I wish I could have known him better. … [Read more...]

Comes With Half Balcony

Cuba is the oddest juxtaposition of beautiful buildings with years and years of neglect and decay. The reason: The government owns the buildings and therefore is responsible for their upkeep. In contrast, residents own the homes inside these buildings, and these are often exquisite and beautiful. I spoke to several Cubans who were very upset with the government's slow response to crumbling … [Read more...]

Cuban Animals (Hint: Not the Machismo Men)

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