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Cubans have cornered the market on ‘hybrid’ vehicles

This is probably not the best photo I have of my longtime friend Leo’s car, but it’ll do. It kind of looks like a 1957 Chevrolet Nomad wagon, doesn’t it? To the untrained eye, that’s a pretty safe bet. But this vehicle, which I renamed “FrankenCar” years ago, looks a[…]

Cuban art is in the eye of the beholder

Hemmed-in between the bustling port of Havana and the semi-crumbling buildings of the southern areas of Old Havana are four squares that draw hoards of tourists daily. Finished in 1559 and originally named Plaza Nueva, (New Square), the open space, bordered by various types of architecture ranging from baroque to[…]

World’s greatest rock band still rockin’ Havana and beyond

I knew well before we reached our outrageously-priced seats at the Hard Rock Stadium Friday to (finally) see “The World’s Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band,” that I wouldn’t be getting any nice photos, but when I do a quick image search, plenty of close-range photos made over several decades from[…]

Russian embassy in Cuba a ‘piece of work’

OK, I love Google, and use it all day long, but just like YouTube, it’s easy to get lost. I don’t know who comes up with this “click bait” stuff, but I fall for it far too often and before I know it, I’m looking at photos of celebrity cats,[…]

‘You are about to enter another dimension …’

Even though I don’t look too bad in this photo from 2001, I’m still not really comfortable with using a photo of myself in this space. However, this is truly an extenuating circumstance, and the nature of the coincidence is too hard to believe without photographic proof. Back then, traveling[…]

Saving the Cuban crocodiles comes with a side of trinkets

It seems no matter where you go these days, the landscape is always changing. Ask any longtime Key Wester and they’ll recall about the good ‘ol days at the Full ‘Spoon’ Saloon, or Logan’s Lobster House. Hell, I’ve only been here since the mid-90s and I, too, can think of[…]

Taking the path less traveled in Cuba can be a challenge

In 2003, after scratching and clawing my way into the online conversation on a Cuba-related message board called the “Greenscreen,” I finally had a chance to meet the blog post’s central figure, a Cuban guy whose nickname was simply “Pototo.” And while this is not a profile on this amazing[…]

Revisiting a couple of old Cuba classics

Now that our government has further tightened many American’s rights to travel, this information may not have much value at the moment, but when it comes to Cuba, things change as quickly as your buddy’s mood. While scouring the ol’ hard drives today, I came across this rather lame image[…]

Cojimar’s history filled with some true, some false tales

Immediately after my first Cuba trip with David Sloan in 1999, plans were made for our return, and my Cuban photo bucket list was born. While I’d have to wait another year or so for my first photos of the big, bearded kahuna, I figured Ernest Hemingway’s boat captain would[…]

El Cobre cathedral a miracle in and of itself

Since I admittedly get most of my facts for these columns from the internet, I figured I would let you know that Google’s estimation of the drive time to get from Cuba’s current capital, Havana, to Cuba’s second capital, Santiago de Cuba, is 10 1/2 hours with “light traffic.” That[…]