!Cuba Si¡ Cuba’s Beat Goes On
Cuban artists are clever and quickly draw this caricature of our editor emeritus, Eric Schneider.
AVANA, Cuba—I approached Cuba like Adam approached the forbidden fruit. I was curious about a place so close to home, yet was closed to all Americans until now. Of course, Canadians, Europeans, and most of the world have been visiting Cuba for years. There is beautiful architecture in Cuba built by everyone else, including the Americans. Spanish and African culture permeate the society that is as much as 500 years old, but most of what we see is frozen in time to
1959, the year of the revolution under Fidel Castro. It’s an interesting look at the past, but what is the future of Cuba? That is a question; I have no answer, but it was worth a look. The people are beautiful and you can’t beat the music, dancing at the Tropicana, the rum daiquiris, mojitos, or cigars. —ERIC SCHNEIDER
avana is 514 years old, first established by Spain.
2. Performers walk on stilts 3. Hemingway wrote ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’ at this 1930 Havana hotel, Ambos Mundos 4. Streets of cobblestones made from old ship ballast 7. Iglesia y Monasterio de San Francisco de Asis
1. Naked woman on rooster in the Plaza Viejas Square, Old Havana
8. 500 year old Governor’s House in Santiago, Cuba 9. Spanish American & Cuba War monument, Santiago 10. Sevim Gunes, F&FI Sales Representative with her sister Fatma in front of the Che Guevara statue in Santa Clara
11, 16, 23. Tropicana Nightclub is filled with world class dancers, music and circus acts
15. Tropicana Nightclub is filled with world class dancers, music and circus acts
14. The view is spectacular from almost anywhere along the Cuban Coast.
16. Tropicana Nightclub is filled with world class dancers, music and circus acts 17. View of old fort in Santiago, Castillo de San Pedro de la roca del Morro; This is a Unesco World Heritage Site 18. American built building form the 1900’s in Old Havana.
19. Plaza Vieja has many restored buildings from the 1900’s.
22. La Bodequita del Medio in Old Havana is the birthplace of the mojito
21. Here kitty! An old page in a book with a kitty collage and Cuban postage stamp is typical of the Cuban art form.Inexpensive.
22. La Bodegamitia del medio - Home if the mojito 23. Tropicana Nightclub is filled with world class dancers, music and circus acts
24. Cuba still has 85,000 cars from the 60’s and older like this 1946 Chevrolet in perfect condition. The Cubans are great mechanics and they know how to keep their cars going for a long time. 25. Café Floridita was a favorite Hemingway hangout with its invention of the daiquiri
26. Cuban art is original and spontaneous. It can include found objects like bottle caps, stamps and coins
27, 28. Hemingway portrait and Hemingway Museum farmhouse interior