School children in Trinidad Public Education in Cuba is free and ithas been a highly ranked system for many years. The University of Havana was founded in 1727 and there are a number of other well-established colleges and universities. Following the 1959 revolution, the Castro regime nationalized all educational institutions, and created a system operated entirely by the government. Education expenditures continue to receive high priority
Jose Manuel in his bar in Viñales.
A ‘Quinceañera’ in Cienfuegos. The fiesta de quince años (also fiesta de quinceañera, quince años and quince) is a celebration of a girl's 15th birthday. It has its cultural roots in Latin America but is widely celebrated today throughout the Americas
Barber shop in Matanzas
Hairdresser in Trinidad
A horse takes some rest as the sun sets in ViñalesViñales Valley is famous for horseback trekking through tobacco plantations.
Cuban rooster on a street of La Habana This animals are often used for cockfighting that while it is banned in many parts of the world, is favored throughout the Caribbean and in Cuba its popularity is growing.
A man reads the newspaper in his house Although the Cuban media is controlled by the state through propaganda laws, the national newspapers of Cuba are not directly published by the government. Rather, they are published by various Cuban political organisations, notably the Communist Party of Cuba, which is the only legal party in Cuba.
Fishermen of the Malecon, La habana
A couple try to fix their vehicle in the moonlight in La Habana
Old woman in Trinidad
Portrait from a Bicitaxi, the cuban cycle rickshaw taxi. The humble bicycle is gradually shedding its grim association with Cuba's economic crisis and making a comeback buoyed by demand from tourists and Cubans frustrated by poor public transportation.
Schoolbus in Viñales
baseball field Viñales Valley
A Craftsman in Cienfuegos.
Enjoying a jazz concert at La Zorra Y El Cuervo, La Habana
Street artist poses for tourists in Trinidad.
Beggars in La Habana
An old man sells tomatoes down the street in Cienfuegos
In Cuba there is a system of food distribution known as the Libreta de Abastecimiento ("Supplies booklet"). The system establishes the rations each person is allowed to buy through that system, and the frequency of supplies. The empty shelves in the grocery, supermarkets and drugstores are unfortunately a very common image throughout the island
Boys playing baseball at sunset in Matanzas.
Our host Pedro watches a baseball match on tv Baseball is one of the most popular sports in Cuba. Despite its American origin, baseball is strongly associated with Cuban nationalism, as it effectively replaced colonial Spanish sports such as bullfighting. Since the Cuban Revolution, the league system in Cuba has been officially amateur. Top players are placed on the national team, earning stipends for training and playing in international competitions.
Kid plays in a street in the city of Matanzas despite the popularity of this sport finding a football in Cuba is anything but easy, included in the capital.
A Champions League match was being broadcast in a bar in Cienfuegos
The Sun fades on the streets of Matanzas
Cubans are not allowed to buy new cars, that’s why owning a car is equivalent to real luxury. It is quite likely that the car in the picture can be worth around 15,000 dollars, a rather high price considering that the average salary of a Cuban is 29.6 dollars
A man shows me his house in the Habana Centro neighborhood
A man having a bike ride through the dilapidated buildings just behind the Capitolio, La Habana
The Capitolio of la Habana from a taxi window. In modern-day Cuba, private taxi drivers make much more money than doctors and other professionals. On his quietest day, a Cuban taxi driver makes around CUC$60 (US$60), this price increase until CUC$40 per hour if you want to ride La Habana in classic 1950's car. In contrast, a doctor is paid CUC$60 a month.
On the Via Monumental on the way to la Habana
El Cine Yara is the most famous cinema in Cuba, located in the downtown Vedado Habanero and is one of the main leisure options for the capitals and visitors from all over the world.
American tourists in the city of Vinales
A tank truck passes behind a woman in the city of Viñales Fuel supply is a very common problem in Cuba, in Viñales the fuel reserves often are already exhausted at noon due to the increasing number of tourist buses bringing visitors from all over the world
A dog waits for his master in the city of Cienfuegos
The dancer Barbaro Ramon from Los Muñequitos de Matanzas. They specialized in three variants of rumba: yambu (from Matanzas), a slow rhythm danced by couples; Columbia, a rural rhythm that men dance alone with knives and machetes; and guaguanco, a contemporary urban style. Rumba in itself is a musical complex of rhythm, song and dance that evolved in Cuba from the meshing of African and Spanish influences during colonization. It flourished in communities where enslaved Africans resided near docks or sugar plantations.
Barbaro Ramon is running a dance school for children and young people in Matanzas
Old man leaning on the door of the Revolution Fighters Association in Viñales.
Hotel Santa Clara Libre, Santa Clara. Is the tallest building in the city and on the facade Bullet holes are still as result of the battle in 1958 between Che Guevara's guerrillas and flailing government troops.
people in line at the polling station for the Cuban parliamentary election
candidates had been elected as Deputies to the National Assembly
On April 2018 Miguel Diaz-Canel, a Communist Party loyalist replaced Raul Castro as president, bringing an end to the 59-year era of rule under the Castro brothers, though almost certainly not their influence or power.
Dead chicken on a street in Habana
Peeking into a house in Matanzas inside this house are visible several symbols of the Cuban santeria which has in Matanzas one of its main centers.
Francisco, santero and musician poses with his wife
On the shelf of their tiny living room, find a place some of the symbols of the Yoruba religion, originally from Africa (mainly in Nigeria and Benin), which influenced the origin of various religions in the rest of the world, such as Santería in Cuba and Venezuela or the Candomblé in Brazil.
A church in Matanzas.
An old couple poses in front of their car in Matanzas
A woman writes with an old typewriter
A gentle street musician in La Habana. He has learned a little of Italian, a little of Russian and some Japanese words exclusively talking with tourists. For many years it was the only way for cuban people to know what was happening outside the island
Teresa daughter of a famous baseball player of the 40s, now runs a ‘casa particular’ in the center of Cienfuegos together with her son's family
View from my room in a Casa Particular
A huge cuban flag hanging from Palacio Ferrer in the city of Cienfuegos
an American flag stands in a house in Matanzas
El Malecon de la Habana
In 2018 I traveled to Cuba and this series shares what I've learn about this unique place and its contradictions through the faces and stories of the people I met.