Cuba is…(cont’d)

Cienfuegos is…

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.

View of Cienfuegos from the Pallacio de Azul

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.

Pallacio de Valle

The place…

elaborate French-influenced architecture and music of a rich past.

Benny More – Band Leader and Songwriter

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.

Trinidad is…

a cozy colonial town, cobblestoned streets, colourful buildings – luring tourists with a refurbished past

Cafe Conspiradores

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.

Cafetera (a metal espresso maker)

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.

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About Organized Bohemian

Dana M. Petric aka Organized Bohemian I write, garden, blog, design websites and... So far, I've written two books, Growing Iris and Budding Iris (a series). I live in Vancouver, BC with my partner Eric and daughter Cleo.
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