The past days of november I visited La Habana, Cuba. A place full of contrast, beautiful architecture but very deteriorated by time, lots of people living in hard conditions but full of tourists who spend a lot of money everywhere. Havana was founded by the Spanish in the 16th century and due to its strategic location it served as a springboard for the Spanish conquest of the continent becoming a stopping point for the treasure laden Spanish Galleons on the crossing between the New World and the Old World. There is an amazing spaniard architecture legacy at this city. They are trying to rescue a lot of buildings and monuments and I hope they hurry up, because time is winning the battle.
La Habana Vieja is full of pintoresque people trying to have a better life in the conditions they actually have to do it. You can see a lot of beautiful people, but with exhausted faces, because of the hard life they are living.
There are a lot of TaxiBikes over the city, you can negotiate with them to take a tour in parts of the City you will never see in a regular tour.
The streets are full of this old cars, some of them work as private taxis, you can take one for a lower price than an official cab but you have to negotiate since everyone is trying to get more money from you.
Cuba is like a time machine, you will see a lot of old cars, old architecture, a lot of contrast and different faces. Take your time to walk in places where people live, to understand why they act the way they do, after this you will not judge anyone or anything. Everyone will talk to you about Varadero, but this place is full of tourists, yes it’s a beautiful caribbean beach, but if you want to know the real Cuba stay at la Habana.
The next pictures were taken with my iPhone.