28/2/2018 - 2:00 pm

Cuba And Its Beauty - In Pictures

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La Habana, Cuba La Habana, Cuba

Fidel Castro and Ernesto "Che" Guevara – a cliché to say so, but still the main attraction for a visit to Cuba. Ask anybody and you´ll get a quite similar answer: „I want to see the country before it changes“.  Traveling into a Marxist–Leninist socialist state is a different kind of holiday, catapulting you straight into history . . . Tourism in Cuba has been growing rapidly since the ‘80s. Tourism – now counting more than two million visitors per year – is one of the island’s main revenue sources. But obviously there is much more to this country than history and politics.

Cuba is an educated country. Respecting elementary and secondary education, the country ranks in a range betwen 34th – 43rd worldwide; but respecting college and university studies, Cuba, with its free education system, boasts an impressive 10 percent of the population who are university graduates. 

One of the first things to observe in Cuba‘s cities are the cars.  It is hard to imagine a collection of unique and rare cars to rival what can be seen routinely driving down Cuba’s streets. The only country that comes close is Iran. (Car exhibitions do not count :-)) 

The omnipresent creativity of shops and services is unmistakable and with little added value to show for all the effort. One won’t remember seeing shop windows with buckets on display anywhere else. 

And of course the Cuban cigars. Ah! The best.


Havana Cathedral


Streets of La Habana


Ubiquitous Che Guevara in streets of La Habana


La Habana Aerial View


The coastal drive of La Habana


La Habana - charming in every weather


Cars in the streets of La Habana are a treasure


And regular maintenance locally


The cheapest “taxi” in La Habana


Slightly better while still cheap taxis in La Habana


Hotel Nacional de Cuba


Pharmacy 


Where else in the world do you get to see a window shop like this?


Interior of a shop in La Habana


Education system in Cuba is good - children in their school uniforms


Daily life


And of course - Cuban cigars - the country´s distinguishing mark


Cigars in Cuba seems to mean more than just smoking - a usual portrait from Cuba


Santa Lucia bakery offers masterly cakes which come incredibly cheap


Outside of the touristic areas it is quite a different world

Photos: Dana xbone Hosova

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Martina Advaney

Martina is a designer with many years of experience, she writes articles on varied subjects and also conducts interviews.

 

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