The 10-Block Pedestrian Zone on Cuba’s Isle of Youth

Boulevards for pedestrians are in fashion here in Cuba and provincial capitals compete to be the most beautiful and attractive. Nueva Gerona, the main city on the Isle of Youth, wasn’t left behind as the capital of the so-called Special Municipality, which is in fact an island province that appears in chronicles ever since 1519 with the name Isle of Pines.

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Havana’s Bar Rosi, Where People Meet and Care for Each Other

Recently, a friend from Bar Rosi, a regular customer, suffered a heart attack, the third one in his 60 years, and he is still at the Freyre de Andrade hospital in Central Havana, which people call the Emergency Hospital. Not very common in these times of great insenstivity, his companions at Bar Rosi organized a collection for him, buying natural juices for the sick man.

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The Feat of Buying a Packet of Beef Jerky in Cuba

Packets of beef jerky, 500g for 0.75 CUC! Word spread like wildfire through all of Central Havana, the “bargain” was waiting at Carlos III, the largest hard currency mall in the Cuban capital. A never-ending queue for three days, people could buy however much they wanted and that’s exactly what they did. Even the police had to intervene in order to keep things orderly.

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Underweight Bread and Graffiti against Raul Castro

On Monday July 17th, “Down with Castro” graffiti ushered in the new day on Campanario Street between Carmen and Rayo in Central Havana. The hasty arrival of painters with rollers erased this act of daring soon enough, even though the metallic green paint of the accusing letters could still be seen under the grout of the door that used to belong to the Municipal Impoundment center for seized goods.

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