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Our Man In Havana

‘La Bestia Roja’ esta perfecto

So, allow me to introduce you to Roberto, a true professional. I met the often very serious, but extremely punctual gentleman when I started toying with the idea of leading trips to Cuba two years ago. A friend of mine introduced him to me back in June of 2016 while we were in Havana to[…]

Closing the book on film vs. digital

And so it begins, again. With the completion of my annual photo calendar projects behind me, it’s that time, again, to start “buckling down on my Cuba book.” I honestly have no idea how many times I’ve been down this road, but it’s at least 10. I know this because I’ve been working lately on[…]

Havana’s Morro Castle has history on its side

As usual, please know that the Internet research used for this column must be taken with a grain of salt. After looking at about a dozen websites, I do feel comfortable enough to say that the Morro Castle in Havana, or as it is officially known, El Castillo de los Tres Reyes Magos del Morro,[…]

In loving memory of ‘Bullo’

His name was Eusebio, and even though we didn’t have very many in-depth conversations over the past 20 years, he was the one constant at one of my favorite places in the world. When I first met Anita and Fransisco in Vinales, they had just bought a house that was literally falling down around them.[…]

Car repair skills highlight Cuban ingenuity

Cuban people are good at a lot of things. From dealing with hardships and hassles with patience and grace, it has to be seen to be believed. But also at the top of that list is their incredible acumen with car repair. This week’s photo is not a technical gem, as it was shot with[…]

This ‘sonic attack’ goes right to the senses

You can’t imagine how many times I’ve heard the word “sonic” this week, but as much as I love cheeseburgers, it was the “sonic” followed by the word “attacks” regarding Cuba that really got my attention. Fellow international news junkies out there will recall the reports from late 2016 of some two dozen Americans working[…]

Los Van Van plays music, not politics

When my friend suggested we pony up the $15 each to see “Los Van Van” play by the pool at the Hotel Nacional in Havana, I had no reason to argue. It was 2001, and I was still getting my proverbial feet wet in Cuban culture, so even though I’d never heard of them, I[…]