This cheerful young lady stopped briefly to have her picture taken and moved on to meet her friends. In the first photo she is framed by two of our photo workshop party.
Social media, when you can get it, is important to the student generation. At the Wifi in the park near our bed and breakfast (casa particular) the other users were also mostly young.
Staying with last week’s theme of “older” faces, these worked better in black and white.
And moving on to the middle-aged crowd, two more.
It was my colleague who charmed him into the big smile.
I didn’t look for shots of children – and they were largely in school when we prowled around Central Havana. These next two shots were taken on the Sunday when we went to hear Afro-Cuban music on Callejon de Hamel.
It was fairly late in the afternoon when we walked down this street; children were home from school and playing soccer.
On many streets in Havana cars are parked, which, on closer inspection, you can tell are under repair, and are probably not mobile. My orange Plymouth favourite was one.
Several times we came across cars that were being worked on.
Since my last post from Cuba featured some street art, I’ve decided to show more in this and the next few posts (on Thursdays.) I’ve arranged them by the day they were taken. These are all from Old Havana.
Sancho Panza is a brand of cigars in Cuba so this sculpture also serves as a type of advertising. However, Havana is rather taken with Cervantes’ tale of Don Quixote -and there are other statues around the city of characters from the book – so this is advertising is only indirect.
There was a whole range of wall painting of which you will see more later.
I usually take lots of photos of bicycles. I’m trying to figure out why I didn’t during my February trip to Cuba. Perhaps they were inside courtyards rather than on the streets?
I did take (too) many photos of the old cars for which Cuba is famous (stay tuned) but not very many of motorcycles. I do remember looking into entrances to courtyard parking areas and seeing numerous motorbikes, so perhaps they too were kept off the streets.
I’m not sure what he’s doing to his tailpipe, but, if he’s trying to get something out of it, that would explain why one wouldn’t want to leave one’s bike out at night!
I took this picture almost exactly one year ago, on June 11, 2015.
A colourful poster of Hugo Chavez brightens the windows of a tired-looking building with a tired flag – the Consulate General of Venezuela. Chavez had died 27 months earlier; the current president is Nicolas Maduro.