Cuba: A Photo Diary

August 8, 2015

For three weeks in July 2015 I made my way through Cuba, the Caribbean island stuck in time. It was an absolute whirlwind, and perhaps the first time I’ve really felt culture shock. Here are some photos of my trip.

Habana, Cuba - Malecón
The Malecón in Havana, looking toward Habana Vieja and El Castillo de Los Tres Reyes del Morro
Habana, Cuba - Malecón

Habana, Cuba - Malecón
The Malecón in Havana, looking toward El Vedado
Habana, Cuba - Malecón

Centro Habana, Cuba
Centro Habana. Look at dem cars!
Centro Habana, Cuba

Habana, Cuba
El Castillo de Los Tres Reyes del Morro
Habana, Cuba

Habana, Cuba
Habana Vieja
Habana, Cuba

Habana, Cuba
Habana Vieja
Habana, Cuba

Habana, Cuba
Loved these trees. Constantly thinking: where am I??
Habana, Cuba

Habana, Cuba
Chinatown in Habana
Habana, Cuba

Habana, Cuba
Chinatown in Habana
Habana, Cuba

Cienfuegos, Cuba
Cienfuegos
Cienfuegos, Cuba

Cienfuegos, Cuba
Propaganda in Cienfuegos
Cienfuegos, Cuba

Trinidad, Cuba
Trinidad
Trinidad, Cuba

Trinidad, Cuba
Trinidad
Trinidad, Cuba

Trinidad, Cuba
Trinidad
Trinidad, Cuba

Trinidad, Cuba - Waterfall
We took horses out to a waterfall and it was nice.
Trinidad, Cuba - Waterfall

Trinidad, Cuba
We went to the beach and it was pretty neat. Playa Ancon near Trinidad.
Trinidad, Cuba

Trinidad, Cuba
Enjoying some fine cuban cigars.
Trinidad, Cuba

Santa Clara, Cuba
Propaganda in the bus station, Santa Clara
Santa Clara, Cuba

Camaguey, Cuba
Camagüey
Camaguey, Cuba

Camaguey, Cuba
Cemetery in Camagüey
Camaguey, Cuba

Camaguey, Cuba
Camagüey
Camaguey, Cuba

Camaguey, Cuba
Camagüey
Camaguey, Cuba

Holguín, Cuba
Holguín after sunset
Holguín, Cuba

Holguín, Cuba
A dude playing a bunch of instruments and occasionally making the puppet on his shoulders drink, Holguín.
Holguín, Cuba

Holguín, Cuba
These wonderful people sang and played all kinds of traditional cuban music for us, Holguín.
Holguín, Cuba

Holguín, Cuba
The big hill in Holguín.
Holguín, Cuba

Gibara, Cuba
Gibara
Gibara, Cuba

Gibara, Cuba
Little beach in Gibara
Gibara, Cuba

Gibara, Cuba
More propaganda juxtaposed by a building with no roof
Gibara, Cuba

Gibara, Cuba
Cemetery overlooking Gibara and the ocean
Gibara, Cuba

Gibara, Cuba
We had this view for our delicious fish lunch, Gibara.
Gibara, Cuba

Gibara, Cuba
Gibara. So pretty.
Gibara, Cuba

Baracoa, Cuba
Fidel, Raúl, and Chavez - we love you, we follow you, we remember you. Baracoa.
Baracoa, Cuba

Baracoa, Cuba
Lines like this are everywhere. I think this might have been for a bank, or maybe somebody got in a shipment of eggs or something. Baracoa
Baracoa, Cuba

Baracoa, Cuba
These are called camiones and it's how cubans get around. They're basically military transport vehicles from the war. Super cheap, not super comfortable.
Baracoa, Cuba

Baracoa, Cuba
Baracoa, with El Yunque in the background
Baracoa, Cuba

Baracoa, Cuba
Baracoa
Baracoa, Cuba

Baracoa, Cuba
It's me!
Baracoa, Cuba

Baracoa, Cuba
We met some painters and talked with them for awhile in their house.
Baracoa, Cuba

Baracoa, Cuba
The best meal of the trip, grilled fish with a coconut milk sauce. MMMMMmmmmm. With my friend Anna.
Baracoa, Cuba

Baracoa, Cuba
El Yunque, we're gonna climb that thing!
Baracoa, Cuba

Baracoa, Cuba
View from the top of El Yunque, looking over Baracoa!
Baracoa, Cuba

Baracoa, Cuba
After descending el yunque we walked to a waterfall and walked through a tropical paradise
Baracoa, Cuba

Baracoa, Cuba
Going down to the river in front of the waterfall.
Baracoa, Cuba

Baracoa, Cuba
Somebody lives here, in the middle of nowhere, below el yunque and right next to the waterfall. wow
Baracoa, Cuba

Baracoa, Cuba
The waterfall and swimming pool next to El Yunque
Baracoa, Cuba

Baracoa, Cuba
Looking back up at El Yunque
Baracoa, Cuba

Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Santiago de Cuba
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
I was in Santiago de Cuba for the city's 500th anniversary AND it just so happened to coincide with carnaval. There was a huge fireworks show over the ocean that I watched from the rooftop of the house I was staying in. Did you know that they have fireworks now that make happy faces?? Neither did I! How does Cuba have better fireworks than the US?
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

Penned on August 8, 2015 by Kevin Sweet.

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