This is a small vending station we spotted in Havana, Cuba. The typical hole in the wall (literally!) establishment that serves people on their way to work early in the morning. By 10am, they’re out of everything. You can also get instant coffee for 5 pesos even though it’s not … more »
The saddest pastry shop on Earth
Cuba is a land of shortages, that is no secret. We were walking around La Habana, when we came across this pastry shop and noticed the almost empty counter. Let’s just say that a first world problem like “OMG, I don’t know which one to choose!” does NOT apply here. … more »
Pimp my ride!
One could say cars in La Habana are “something else”. But the truth is that they are “the same thing”, just 50 years ago! Roaming the streets of Cuba’s capital city is like traveling back in time. If the architecture is the perfect back drop to create this feeling, the … more »
Traveling around Latin America has truly made me wonder how the rest of the world lives without vibrantly colored buildings. In most city centers, be they in Mexico, Cuba, or Brazil – you will find buildings in a multitude of colors. Why live in grays when you can live in … more »
The Dogs of Havana
Meet the communist dogs of Havana. They have tons of character and like all Cubans, are used to dealing with adversity. The dogs of Havana are like dogs everywhere else, but they’re real comrades :) (Click i for captions!)
Life is social in Havana
Imagine this: No internet, no cellphones. Life immediately gets far more social. Instead of standing in elevators looking at their blackberries, people actually have to look at each other and say Hi. That is, if there were any elevators! Havana is definitely a blast from the past. Step into the … more »
What are YOU looking at?
Cuba is a land of shortages and contrasts. But what there isn’t a shortage of, is pure style. Cubans like to dress up, go out and party! They also like to take their dogs with them. This furry friend of ours was spotted in Havana, taking a ride in his … more »
How we lost $7 in Cuba
Seven dollars might seem like a small amount but for folks on a budget (like us..) it represents quite a lot. Here’s how we lost $7 through a combination of stupidity and not being able to read a crazy person. This story starts at the Havana airport, at the information … more »
Selling and Socializing in Havana
All jobs in Cuba are controlled by the government. Aside from some taxis, Casa Particulares (Cuban home stays), and Paladars (family run restaurants) you’ll rarely find someone who doesn’t work for the government. Folks in Havana sell flowers or other odds and ends to make some extra money. In a … more »
Step in to the light!
She walks along a street in Central Havana. It’s Wednesday, time to collect the government rations. The streets are smoky because of the old cars. She walks swiftly to get to her destination. She likes her yellow slippers. They’re sunny!