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February 5, 2013

La Habana, Cuba : January 23 – 26, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — wally426 @ 8:09 pm

 

 

 

 

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As an entry to this magnificent country, we came through the decrepit jewel of Cuba – Havana. In this bubbling cauldron of life, food, dance, charm and hustle one could walk the streets aimlessly and become overwhelmed with amazing sights. It was by far one of the most unique cities I will ever visit.

View from the Hotel Sevilla. Built in 1908, the hotel was known as a symbol of Cuba’s mafia elite.

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Prado

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The sounds in the morning were incredible. These kids were marching and chanting like soldiers up and down the Prado.

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After the rain

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Desayuno

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Sewer Cap

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Sevilla Hotel Lobby

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Upkeep

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The whole time, we hardly saw a basketball hoop that was still up. I wonder if people used them for toilets??

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The Capitol building in Havana Square was modeled after the US Capitol. It differs in dimension only by a couple of centimeters

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The cars were all kept up remarkably well. As one cabby described to us, his car was his livelihood.. without it he’d die

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A dentro

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This was the only really weird Santeria nonsense we saw down there (why waste good food?). This dead chicken was laid at the base of a tree beside the Capitol

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Calle confundido

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Open air markets were everywhere. Fresh meats and fruits could be bought but were quite expensive for the average citizen

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I loved how the long the staircases were, they just disappeared into the darkness of each house

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Ché’s words were painted everywhere. “Patria o Muerte, venceremos.” (Liberty or Death, we will win)

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The animals of Havana walked around like they owned the place. They were totally oblivious to any people or cars moving around them

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Sir Scratchalot

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Swangin’

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Lucky

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This cat looked really constipated

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Heavy Metal

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If it wasn’t for the tons of people walking through them, you would have thought the apocalypse had just occurred in some places.

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Reflections

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Green-Go

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Considering there isn’t many materials available for upkeep of a home, Cubans have had to be quite resourceful over the past 54 years. Paint has proven to be a homeowner’s best friend. Looking up some of the blocks, you could swear you were back in the 1950’s

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Viejíta

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Scibbles

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There was even some stencil art

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Up to Columbus Circle

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Reminded me of old New York

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These kids were knocking on doors asking people for clothes…

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They were perfect candidates for some of the clothes people donated from Old First Dutch Reformed Church in Brooklyn…

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Arguing over Dominoes

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Jammin

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Keepup

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The balcony – A Cuban’s best friend

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Social Description

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La Universidad de Habana

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Historical Presence

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Adoric

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National Game

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There were no advertisements on the whole island, only revolutionary slogans. It was weird not being bombarded with ads everywhere we went

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Occupy Havana

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Sax in the city

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Cavitti

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Hipsters of Havana

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Inframatic

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1958

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Dashboard Allowances

 

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La Gloria

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Makeshift Gym

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The Malecón – Havana’s seawall that was built in the early 20th century. It’s meant to serve as protection against the raging surf, but it really serves as a promenade from lovers and fisherman looking for a “free” meal.

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Distance

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Chillin

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Well rounded

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Tidal Wave

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The Malecón is for lovers…

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the flag was made out of puzzle pieces someone glued to the sea wall

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Lunero

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Hard day’s walk

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Carlos the Cabbie in his 1951 Chevy (His “Vida”, as he called her)

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Castillo de Morro – Built in 1589

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Originally built by the Spanish, it helped protect the harbor from outsiders until the British took it in the seven-days war in 1762. It’s famous for its views of Havana harbor and its open latrines that empty out into the sea below.

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The only church we saw in Havana

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Viejo/Nuevo

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At attention

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The castle was made from whatever materials were in the harbor

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Luz

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On the north side, the guns were a bit more modern

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World famous potties – Can you find the coral cross?

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Leftovers

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Kyooba

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South side of the castle

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Work left undone

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Infra2

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Down the grid

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Remnants

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Always watching

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Changes…

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Long lines at the banks for the monthly rations

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Quintissential

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Nothing goes to waste

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Tight fit

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Dekor

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Party Favors

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Limelight

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This kid was doing the moonwalk

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Spanish Remnant

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Hombre de Pajaros

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Habaneras

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Who’s crazier?

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These old wooden doors lined the streets. They were at least nine feet tall

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Gata

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Third eye

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Happy place

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Nightscape

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2 Comments »

  1. Wilhelmus, your photos are always superb.

    Comment by Daniel Meeter — February 5, 2013 @ 9:11 pm

  2. Beautiful, lonely, richness, poverty, a people’s culture and its history. Such a Billy & Sarah place. Great honeymoon memories. Love you

    Comment by Mom — February 6, 2013 @ 2:40 pm


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