Humans of Cuba

“Cuban eyes often look close to tears. Tears never seem far away because both their pain and their joy are always so close to the surface.”

Brin-Jonathan Butler was a sharp observer. Cubans do not hide their feelings. And it is often ambivalent.

Vintage cars is a symbol of Cuba in foreigners’ eyes. However Cubans have a complicated relationship with these antique cars: they love them, because tourists love them and it is already a luxury to own a car; they hate them, because none of them functions properly.

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And it’s not only the cars, life in Cuba is difficult in general. The average salary is still 20-30 euro per month for a normal employee in the Cuban pubic sector. Luckily, Cubans could earn some extra income with their small businesses.

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Children might not own much in Cuba, but they seem happyy as long as they have each other’s company.

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Everything seems to be half-beat slower in Cuba. A lot of times, you find Cubans hanging around on the streets, gossiping, people watching or just chilling.

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Nevertheless, art and music could always put smile on people’s faces. Cubans are very proud of their rich culture, it unites people together.

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However, with the rapid changes in Cuba, wealth gap has never been as wide as now, will art and music be strong enough to fix the division among Cubans?

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5 thoughts on “Humans of Cuba

  1. Beautiful pictures, beautiful singing and beautiful lttle girl. She has a great voice and poise. Maybe the next celia cruz? great post.


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