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Postcards from a ‘Cuban vacation’

Last month, I took six Californians and a couple of really cool Key Westers on one of my Cuba trips. With nights at the Bay of Pigs, Vinales and Havana, we experienced the sea, the countryside and the city, respectively. What made this trip different was that when my people[…]

Happy 500th anniversary, Cuba!

Perhaps the third time will be a charm, because I had much higher hopes for my fireworks photos last week when the city of Havana celebrated its 500th anniversary on Nov. 16. By chance, we were in Havana last year at the exact same time and my curiosity was piqued[…]

Cuba home to iconic photographers

Of the many things I’ve come to love about Cuba, photo access enjoys a spot near the top of the list. From the first time I sheepishly requested a press pass to photograph Fidel Castro in 2002, to fairly easily doing the same to photograph Pope Francis and President Barack[…]

It’s deja vu, all over again

I’ve never believed much in premonitions and all that “higher consciousness” stuff, but several times lately, certain coincidences have presented themselves and the latest couldn’t have been better timed. One of the first texts I got today was from the wonderful Elena Devers at The Studios of Key West asking[…]

It’s deja vu, all over again

I’ve never believed much in premonitions and all that “higher consciousness” stuff, but several times lately, certain coincidences have presented themselves and the latest couldn’t have been better timed. One of the first texts I got today was from the wonderful Elena Devers at The Studios of Key West asking[…]

Caya Saetia offers different view of Cuba

Most photographers strive to make unique images and while I, too, love shooting antique American cars and old ladies smoking ridiculously-large cigars, that kind of stuff can get as stale as a forgotten Swisher Sweet. Thankfully, there are still places in Cuba like Cayo Saetia in the province of Holguin.[…]

Colorful mural brings Cuba history to life

I usually steer my groups clear of the uber-touristy things to see and do in Cuba, but some things are touristy for a reason. Quite simply, they’re kinda cool. The “Callejon de Hamel” fits that description perfectly and, thankfully, if you can move quickly and don’t mind be pushed and[…]

Longing to return to Isle of Youth

Some time ago in this space, I’m sure I’ve mentioned a few of the “adventures” I’ve been able to coax my closest Cuban friend into. Many of you out there have met him, as have thousands of Cuba visitors over the past two decades via his website. His name is[…]

Calling out the history of Cuban cellphones

While trying to remember the feeling of having my first cellphone in Key West back around 1999, I couldn’t help but wonder if it compared to the feeling of having my own “Cuban” cellphone in 2012 or so. For us in the news-gathering business, being able to instantly communicate via[…]

The punchline always comes back to Cuba …

As Americans, we’re accustomed to having, basically, anything we want to eat at any time. Well, one of the first things you’ll notice when traveling through Cuba is that it doesn’t work like that. I admit it, I’m spoiled beyond belief, but after 20 years of running around that island,[…]