Enjoy this virtual trip to Havana, Pinar Del Rio and beaches of Cuba.
A good friend recently returned from Havana with this remarkable gift. Back in the 60s, good Communist kids would dutifully collect trading cards depicting key moments in the Revolution - including photos of the bearded ones - and glue them into this album. While the events depicted happened, the way they are framed is pure propaganda.
An amazing relic that seems to come from another time until you note, of course, that some of these people are still in power today.
Finally had a look at Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations Cuba” documentary on YouTube, cut into 5 parts. I always enjoy seeing anything about Cuba - in this case exclusively Havana - but I was disappointed at how superficial this piece was.
Almost nothing new here if you’ve been to the city in the past few years. No insights or revelations. But the one moment that really annoyed me was when Bourdain took a shot at Hemingway for drinking daiquiris, what he calls “a girly drink”. With a tiny bit of research Bourdain would have discovered that a proper daiquiri is not the slushy abomination served in Varadero resorts, but a strong, sour, classic cocktail. In fact, Hemingway’s version is even more intense than the regular.
“‘I just design with old things,’ she tells me with a shrug. But Yanet hasn’t worked on a play in years, and her job, apartment, and everything in it relies on the discretion of her customers. Attachment to the material and the beautiful is fleeting in Havana, breakable.”
Tobacco street seller, ca. 1900’s
Someone needs to start doing this again in Havana!
Havana’s largest cigar factory in 1903.