Magda, Nestor, Nestor Jr., Anna, Asniel (taxi driver), Alexis (horse & carriage driver) along with the waiter (at Te Quedaras) who gave me the blue linen napkins because I said I liked them.
Travel opens you up to new places/perspectives, but it can close you off from friendly people (the cynic in me sees a scam). It is hard to be aloof to Cubans, their good nature is infectious – they even have patience for my struggling Spanish.
elaborate French-influenced architecture and music of a rich past.
The music of Benny Moré hovers in the air. Who, you may ask? A musician – a big band leader of the 1940’s and ’50s – setting the beat of samba music. A time when elegantly dressed couples went to nightclubs to hear live music and dance till dawn.
a cozy colonial town, cobblestoned streets, colourful buildings – luring tourists with a refurbished past…
I come upon a strange scene – on the steps beside a cafe, at least 40 tourists stare at phones – a wifi hub – no one notices the scenery around them.
I walk past and see the yellow cafe with the pink bougainvillea and wander in looking for coffee. Instead I find life-size coffeemakers.
How to convey the art of Yomi Martinez? An artist who uses the sculpted image of the coffeemaker as a metaphor for the status of women. The hourglass figure of the cafetera mimics the clichèd shape of a woman.
Her work translated…
Bending at the waist, forward – a subservient woman who caters to her husband and children, but neglects herself
Bending at the waist, backward – an independent and strong woman who wants to change the world
No bend, upright – a normal woman who is balanced fends for herself – caring but strong
The thought-provoking images help me understand the issues Cubans are grappling with.
Cuba reveals what it is, was and might be in the future – an interesting time to visit.