Category: Cuba

Havana Diary July 10, 1986 | Day One

Old Havana, July 10, 1986 Day One started out with a distinct lack of awareness that almost proved fatal. The pollution woke me up. My room, thirteen stories above the Malecon, a shoreline highway much like Chicago‚Äôs Outer Drive, seemed …

Havana Diary July 13, 1986 | Homesick in Havana

Riding the buses in Havana, or in any other city for that matter, is one of the best ways to become familiar with the layout and the people, especially in a foreign country. Red, yellow, fast and often very crowded, …

Havana Diary July 12, 1986 | Chinese Culture in Cuba

In attempting to discover and speak with Cuban artists, I began visiting both public art galleries in Havana. The one located near our hotel was presided over by Jose Antonio Salas Calderon. Nicole Batsere, my interpreter and I were speaking …

Havana Diary July 11, 1986 | Cadillacs and Catch 22

The subject of economics can become an obsession here in Cuba. One is constantly reminded of the trade sanctions imposed upon the island in 1958 after the revolutionary government nationalized some 2 billion in U.S. corporate assets. Everywhere in the …

Havana Diary July 10, 1986 | Prologue: Miami International Airport

Thirty years ago, I was a professional photo-journalist, working for the Leesburg Commercial, a New York Times-owned daily, published in Leesburg, Florida. Before eventually leaving the South, I wanted to end my tenure there by doing something risky and controversial. …