Cuba Trip – 2012 – Pictures

I recently returned from a trip to a country that has fascinated me since I read about it in Life Magazine when I was a kid: Cuba.

Accompanied by 25 intrepid travelers, I was able to visit organic farms, lively streets and buildings ranging in age from the 1700’s to modern day. We visited fascinating restaurants, ate amazing food and marveled at the transportation ingenuity of people who have imported few cars since the 1950’s.

It’s difficult to describe the buildings and homes of Cuba. Although we stayed in modern hotels, most people live in sub-divided buildings once occupied by the rich. Or they might be “lucky” enough to  have an apartment in one of the concrete Soviet-style buildings that have all the charm of a cinderblock.

I came away with an enormous appreciation for the pride, energy and love of country that Cubans exhibit, even in the face of dire poverty. When I went to the grocery store a day ago I was very mindful of how lucky we are to live in a country that is founded on democracy and capitalism!

I took hundreds of pictures. If you’d like to see some of them, I’ve divided them into the topics below. Click on each one to see my favorite photos of the trip.

Our tour group

Cuban people

Cuban gardens and farms

Cuban buildings

Cuban transportation

Odd things and signs

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young dancer

We love our island!

$3.50 for a bottle of rum