Cuba #2 – People

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Cuban people either greet with you with the biggest smile or scare you away with a terrifying death stare. I love how life here takes place on the street. Half the population is chilling on their front door step. The other quarter of people carefully observes what’s happening from their balcony whilst the remaining quarter is busy repairing their cars. As a tourist you get a crazy insight into Cuban everyday life (which seems pretty empty) and you get to see some pretty bizarre situations.

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These shots were taken all over the place. From Havanna to Vinales, Pinar del Rio and Soroa, from Cienfuegos to Trinidad or Bay of Pigs, at Playa Ancon or Cayo Coco, Guardalavaca Beach, Baracoa and Santiago de Chile… or anywhere inbetween. We spent many hours each day on the road in our shitty Chinese rental car.

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I also sneaked in some photos of the two of us, of which there aren’t a lot anyway.

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3 thoughts on “Cuba #2 – People”

  1. Hi, I came back here to see if you had any pictures of baalbek but it doesn’t seem to be the case. I saw that you went to Cuba which is not far away from here. I think its rather sad place and as you may have noted its seems to be frozen in time. On one hand people seem to be quite merry but on the other hand they live under a very difficult situation. People who have certain arrangements with the government or that work for them seem to have an amazing time while the other struggle a lot, in the past you would find people asking you for shirts, shoes and even women offering the exchanges of ‘services’. It is unfortunate but it is all fault of the USA who made a blockage and made many efforts to see the country fail economically and socially.

    Overall I found the last pictures quite funny because while your name is not lupe. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovKnNn4RYnA

  2. Hey there! No I was ill and we had to cancel the trip to Baalbek – I would’ve loved to go!
    Cuba was great but, as you said, it’s a very dysfunctional country which can be very sad and also frustrating at times. We experienced everything you described especially when we reached the really remote areas around Baracoa in the very Eastern part of the country. Where people don’t have access to the peso convertible at all and necessary goods are unaffordable for them.

    • Well that is sad, I would have expected that things would be better now that the blockage is supposedly over. I hope that things get better in future years with the increase in tourism. In some countries, here in America, sometimes guys would go to Cuba to get a wife, women would accept this deal to get out of the country since they are in a desperate situation. I had a neighbour who had a very beautiful Cuban wife, unfortunately for this woman, this guy had a lot of money but it didn’t come from the right source, he was a drug-dealer apparently and her house got seized. Cuba is also known for other things besides beautiful landscapes here, it is the only country in America where there is 0 analphabetism and they also have some of the best prepared medics.

      It was nice to see your photos, maybe I will take a look again in a month or so. I hope you can surpass your goal of countries to visit and that you capture many beautiful landscapes and scenes.

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