Photo feature by Alberto N. Jones
HAVANA TIMES — The chance to travel across Cuba is an extraordinary experience, where you have the opportunity to take in the unrivaled beauty of its valleys, rivers and mountains which enchanted Cristobal Colon and the many people who visit our country.
It’s also equally important to get in touch with our people and their one of a kind character, who in spite of the difficulties and shortages that they may face, remain friendly and ready to help anyone with a permanent smile on their face. Peace, tranquility and safety which don’t exist in the rest of the world, make up, to some extent, for some of the negative aspects that persevere here.
Traveling across the country allows us to see the significant achievements we’ve had in preserving our history in busts, parks, memorials and museums, art and culture breathe even in the most remote places in our country and popular recreational spaces are widespread, as well as in conserving the environment and teaching us a sense of national belonging.
However, the critical financial position of any average Cuban, doesn’t allow them to enjoy these things. Different institutions in Cuba don’t promote national tourism as much as they should. Shortages of transportation and food as well as road conditions make it impossible for the majority of citizens to be able to enjoy this country.
Human flaws can also be clearly seen when traveling. Like a ruined countryside, the demolition of sugar plants so they can be converted into human cementeries, the government’s silence while masterpieces are being destroyed such as the majestic Farola highway by the traffic of heavyweight vehicles while Baracoa Port remains closed.
The dreadful highways and paths destroy everything that travels along them. There aren’t enough places to relax, bathe and eat which works against our best intentions to get to know the country.
Let this photo feature (taken before last month’s destructive Hurricane Matthew) serve to introduce us to a small part of our country’s virtues and give us some of the reasons why we would want to defend, report and demand that this negligence be resolved, which is especially detrimental for future generations.
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