Sunday, October 28, 2007

I am not sure what...

looks worse for wear the bench or the human being?

Dance Recital on the Prado de La Habana

So much hope, joy and possibilties...

Friday, October 26, 2007

Train Station in Guines

Patiently waiting for a train...the silence...observations...gossip amongst others...I am most intrigued by the young woman sitting with child in her arms.

Monday, October 22, 2007

He used to play...

baseball in the streets...jumped from the Malecon into the ocean...chased girls with reckless abandon...
Now he has a family to support and the "burden of adulthood" to live. So many young Cubans grow up with hope and promise...thinking their parents lives will not be repeated in their own...
This is a bicitaxi...transportation is so lacking in the cities that these inventions started showing up in the early "90's. Some are so elaborate they have radios/cd players...cushioned seats...lights...they are legal and licensed (taxed) but as the "paladares" have been so taxed that they are hard to find, so to will these someday meet the same fate.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

With Fidel Revolution

If with Fidel there is "revolution" can only hope that without him...

The vertical letters references the "Commitee for the Defense of the Revolution" CDR

The CDR officials have the duty to monitor the activities of each person in their respective blocks. There is an individual file kept on each block resident, some of which reveal the internal dynamics of households. Most Cubans will tell you:, "We must be careful of our actions and of what we say, as we are being constantly monitored".

Other responsibilities include arranging festivals, administrating "voluntary" community projects and organizing mass rallies. The CDRs are organized on a geographical basis and act as a center for many who do not work in farms or factories, hence the committees have a large proportion of female membership. The committees have been cited by certain Human Rights groups as being involved in activity described in Cuba as "acts of repudiation". These acts are believed to include abuse, intimidation and sometimes physical assault against those deemed "counter-revolutionary".

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Sometimes you gotta look up!

When walking the streets of Cuba, it's more like a stroll. Looking forward isn't enough...there are many points of view...sometimes I walk backwards...look up...down...and I can't even begin to count the number of doorways entered and stairwells climbed.
This image was a nice surprise. I can only surmise that the window was created for an improvised bedroom in a room with a tall ceiling, this idea is called a "barbacoa" like a loft in concept. No space is wasted.

Friday, October 12, 2007


This was taken in Santiago de Cuba...I loved the grafitti...the light was right and I just waited for the "ghosts" to pass by.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

He told me that...

he hasn't heard from his daughter in three years, that she lives in California.

Many of us may have family in Cuba...let's not drink from "la coca cola de olvidar"

If you have family in Cuba, reach out, don't let them feel as if they are forgotten.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Cuban Spirit

I often refer to the Cubans patience, love for life and making cafe cubano from coffee and chicharos. (In the libreta, each family is entitled to Coffee...but the coffee often has "chicharos" added "chicharos are split peas grounded up to give the impression of more coffee)
So when life gives you cafe con make Cafe Cubano.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Bueno Dia Companero...

"What's happening?...I really don't know"
"What do you mean?...I can't take care of my family daughter has left the country in the arms of a son took off on a raft for Miami and I haven't heard from him in three wife has cancer and there is no treatment for her...we don't have the dollars necessary...
"Mentira...Maria went off with that old guy from?....y you haven't heard from Yusnel?...surely he's day he'll show up looking fine con mucho regalos. Surely with our health care there is a treatment available for Margot...there's health care for everyone!
"Oye said it yourself..."mentira"'s all lies...I don't believe anymore...not even in myself...if I had been "hombre" enough...I could've taken care of them better...Maria wouldn't have turned to "jiniterismo"...Yusnell would've stayed instead of being eaten by "los tiburones" and Margot may have lived better and not gotten sick."
"I was once called the "new man" by the revolution...but in all reality I am just an old man con dreams...just a nightmare...

Tuesday, October 2, 2007


Image taken on the famed Paseo del Prado in La Habana...
This guy doesn't even own a matching pair of shoes! A sandal and a shoe...the socks don't match...He's not homeless...this is what he has.