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May 6, 2015

La Habana – 24_25 April, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — wally426 @ 8:11 pm

 

Havana, the jewel of Cuba, is one of the most unique places you’ll ever experience on Earth. It’s a contrasting mix of color, decadence, dilapidation, appreciation, despair, hope, progress and will. You get the feeling the people who live in the city’s maze of alleys have been pushing against a sand dune that is being battered by the unrelenting waves of time. Somehow, this city persists. Its inhabitants move about the infrastructure like ants in a maze of crumbling dirt. One can look inside domiciles that look as if they’d been abandoned long ago and find wrinkled, shirtless shadows in the darkness, their faces lit by flickering TV screens. Paint and tile seem to hold the whole city together. Chipping, waving pastels coat the outside walls of ancient homes. Murals of revolutionaries, many who perished in Cuba’s jungles during the fight to preserve the revolution, stare stoically from darkened doorways. Havana has a buzz that can be heard constantly. The clicking of dominoes, cackling of roosters, trumpet and flute notes gliding gently through the alleyways, yelling of children and honking of tired old horns is ever-present.

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Infrastructure

Signs of the times

 

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Jagyooarr

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 La Catedral de La Virgen Maria de La Concepción Immaculada de La Habana – Construction began in 1748. Its bricks were mined from the coral that lined the Gulf of Mexico in Havana harbor. Fossilized remains of marine life can be seen in the bricks. The cathedral was completed 29 years later in 1777.

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Nice knockers

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Corn’ice

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Vertical Living

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One of Havana’s many fading relics. I was able to find an old copyright from June 19, 1914 for J. Hiralt et Hijo. Whatever business was there vanished after 1959.

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Good Times

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Wherefore art thou?

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Life on the edge

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Party Lines

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War d’robe

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Interisland Phone System

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Old Backie

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Worst of the Worst

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The Campoamor Theater opened its doors in October, 1921. In the years that followed, it became one of the most prestigious theaters in the hemisphere. After the revolution, its walls fell silent and has been abandoned the last 50 years. As one walks past, it’s easy to see the grandeur the place once had. Amazingly enough, there’s a being that still lives within its walls and keeps a faint heartbeat going. The article below tells his story:

http://www.theglobalist.com/at-home-in-cubas-campoamor-theatre/

 

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Skeleton of the Campoamor

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Capitalist

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The only time I saw “America” referenced

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Norton’s Paradise

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Distant Cousins

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Animals

Caliente

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One thing you didn’t see much of were pet dogs. Most were strays that seemed to exist in the cogs of the city, helping to clean up what little garbage there was on the streets.

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Automobiles

When people think of Cuba, the old cars are usually part of that image. True to form, these humming steel beasts rumble all over the island. Cubans aren’t allowed to own much, but the things they do own are taken care of meticulously. Often times, these cars are a person’s livelihood. Tips given to drivers makes hacking a more lucrative profession than lawyering in Cuba.

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Full Ride

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Metaphoric

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People

Schools have open competition to promote literacy. All schooling is free through college for citizens. These rankings for grade school pupils are posted weekly for people to see on the street.

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West

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Viejo

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South

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Efficient Transport

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Poser

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East

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Castillo de Los Tres Reyes Magos del Morro

Built in 1589, this fort was built by the Spanish to protect the harbor against raids by outside parties. Originally there was a chain that was strung from the fort to the mainland to stop invaders from entering the mouth of the harbor.

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The old moat

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None Shall Pass

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Sentry

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Invaders

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View to Habana Vieja

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Faro del Morro

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El Malecón – The sea wall that protects the old town from the sea

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Pescadores

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Red Glare

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No way out

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2 Comments »

  1. Hard to believe I was in Cuba with you. You capture the sights, feel and special flavor of the city I could not ever express.

    Comment by Ma — May 8, 2015 @ 2:09 am


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