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Published: April 27th 2017
City life in Cuba
We have collected photos we haven't been able to fit in any of the previous blogs. Most of the pictures we have taken while walking around in cities. If we are to specify a least common denominator to the photos is that they describe city life in Cuba.
Various aspects on city life
Here comes our last blog entry from our trip in Cuba. It is one of those where we don't have much to write because the photos are sort of telling a story themselves. We have here collected photos we wish to publish but haven't been able to fit in any of the previous blogs. Most of the pictures we have taken while walking around in Havana and in other cities. If we are to specify a least common denominator to the photos is that they describe city life in Cuba.
When we walked around and took some of the photos you see here we also made a short film to give you an idea of what a street can look like in Havana. As you can see the some of the buildings are in good shape, where as others are more run down and some of the buildings are best described as ruins. We don't say this is a typical city street in Cuba but it is a typical street in the district Central Havana.
Some of the photos are a bit interesting and are worth
Rum is the National Drink of Cuba
If there is such a thing as a National Drink of Cuba it is rum. It was easier to buy rum than to buy bottled water.
• One of the photos we have taken in a park and in it you can see several people sitting with mobile phones. You can't see it but there might be as many as a hundred people sitting there with phones in their hands. The park is an internet hot spot. In Cuba Internet is heavily regulated. Almost nobody has Internet in their home so if you are in Cuba and wish to upload a photo on Facebook or read the news on Huffington Post you have to visit a public Internet hotspot and they are often in parks or public squares.
• In one of the other photos there are people standing in line. They are queueing for the money changer. Sometimes you have to stand in line for two hours or more to change money. Fortunately there are also ATMs in Cuba, not many but they exist, and the lines to those are in general much shorter. Often there isn't a line at all to the ATMs.
• We added one photo with a mural with what we think is some kind of anti-capitalism propaganda. We must say
Man on sofa
Just a man sitting on a sofa in a park
that we saw very little propaganda while we were in Cuba. Much less than we expected.
• In one of the photos you can see a banknote. It's value is 3 peso banknote. Isn't "3" a very unusual value on a banknote or a coin? We can't remember that we have ever seen that before.
• In the beginning there is a photo of rum bottles. If there is such a thing as a National Drink of Cuba it is rum. It was easier to buy rum than to buy bottled water. We are neither joking or exaggerating now. You could buy rum in pretty much every store where as bottled water was only for sale in maybe every other store or so.
• In three of our photos you can see small businesses. A street vendor sells tomatoes, a small local hole-in-the-wall café and one small local butcher shop. When it was possible we tried to use those local businesses. We want to spend our money locally and often the quality of the products we buy there are really good.
Hope you enjoyed this our fifth and
The banknote's value is 3 pesos. Isn't "3" a very unusual value on a banknote or a coin? We can't remember that we have ever seen that before
last blog entry from Cuba. If you have missed one of more of our previous Cuban stories you can find them here: number I
, number II
, number III
and number IV
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