Friday, August 1, 2014

Key West, Florida, USA

How far is Cuba from the United States? Here's your answer: only 90 miles. Every business in The Conch Republic is hoping for a normalization of relations. A ferry could leave Key West's old harbor every morning and return from Havana every evening. [2014]

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Havana, Cuba

Thanks to some individual initiative, the modernization of old Havana has begun. In the case of Barbepark, a kid's playground, the initiative has come from a local barber. In one corner of the park, an ice-cream vendor (recognize the outfit?) and his 'Christian brothers' have made themselves the dads of the neighborhood (with help from Shrek, of course). [2014]

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Havana, Cuba

Three women, a little shade, folding stools, kiddie bags, and conversation: It looks like they do this every day. Perhaps they are waiting for their young children to finish summer day-school activities in the building across the street. If you don't like that explanation, make up your own. Or, if you speak Spanish, ask them. [2014]

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Havana, Cuba

He looks like a capitalist, doesn't he? He has invested in a push cart and a small inventory of papayas. Small-scale capitalism has been legalized in Cuba, but only if you have a government license. Let's hope Cuba eventually permits more individual initiative in its agricultural sector. Eighty percent of the island's food is imported. [2014]

Monday, July 28, 2014

Havana, Cuba

He needs the energy. He's been peddling people around Havana, and his work day is only half over. This is what passes for pizza in Cuba: mostly dough. Finding fast food on the street is difficult. Coffee, though, is widely available through "holes in the walls," and fruits and vegetables are vended by push cart operators all over the old city. [2014]

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Havana, Cuba

Because they've been 'cooking' in the Gulf of Mexico before heading to the Florida Straits, waters off Havana are warm and inviting. A lighthouse at Morro Castle has accepted the invitation to guard the port of Havana. Younglings (all male) have accepted the invitation to use a deteriorating seawall as a recreational resource. [2014]

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

In the U.S. mind, Cuba has no tourist industry. In reality, Cuba is one of the most popular destinations for Canadians, who are the island's number one tourist market. Canadian relations with the island started thawing in 1976, when Prime Minister Trudeau paid a visit to Fidel Castro. [2010]