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Colors of Cuba

Hi there,

How are you?

This is my final post on Cuba. And I start with thinking of the hundred (or more?) victims who died in the plane crash in Havana yesterday.

I love colors, whether it is in decorating, in the yard, or in the photos I take.

What’s your favorite color?

No fifty shades of grey for me. If there is one shade I hate, it is grey. It lacks color.  Black and white can be beautiful, in photography or design, or fashion. But not grey. As I think of grey as in grey people, I think of people without humor, boring people.

That’s what I adored about Cuba, its colors. The colors in the streets, inside the houses – oh how I would have loved to have taken all these beautiful old tiles home – of the cars, and of the people. By color of the people I don’t mean their physique, but just the happy and original way they are. How they are creative (in my mind, creativity has color) in dealing with the little resources in their country.

So I am just going to overwhelm you with photos today!

People of Cuba

Commerce

Nature

Streets

Tiles

Traffic

Just a quick word on traffic. There is one highway, with three lanes (the A1-A4). Most of the time you are driving there alone, except for some encounters with a horse and carriage or people biking. People also hitchhike. They wave with a banknote, as a sign they want a ride, and they are willing to pay.
In the cities you see a lot of bici-taxi’s, a taxi on a bike. We took one in Havana, oh dear, they were fast!

Flag

The three blue stripes represent the three departments in which Cuba was divided at the time.  The white is the purity of ideals:  the three ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity.  These, like the red triangle are from the French revolution.  The red is for the blood and the courage; the star was the new state that should be added to the United States.

Well, I hope you have enjoyed my Cuban photos and stories. If you’ve read some, please let me know your opinion of Cuba! And I hope it triggers the desire to travel to this magical country yourselves. Tourism is where the majority of income comes from. So help out and have a wonderful getaway, a win-win situation 😉

Let me finish with a quote of José Julián Martí, one of Cuba’s great authors:

Like stones rolling down hills, fair ideas reach
their objectives despite all obstacles and
barriers. It may be possible to speed or hinder
them, but impossible to stop them.

And it is about time, in the world as it is today.

Sophia

 

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4 Comments

  • Reply Leen 21 May 2018 at 09:16

    Fijn dat je ons meeneemt op je reizen en laat meegenieten van al het moois op je pad. De indrukken die je te verwerken krijgt, kunnen we ons nauwelijks voorstellen…geuren, kleuren, sferen, smaken…geweldig!

    • Reply Sophia 21 May 2018 at 13:58

      Dankjewel, Leen! Hopelijk geraak je er zelf ook eens. lieve groetjes, Sophie

  • Reply Silvia 31 May 2018 at 20:02

    Cuba maakt me goed gezind…..
    De prachtige foto’s en mooie bewoordingen doen me mijmeren naar de fijne momenten die wij beleefd hebben in Cuba.
    Wij zijn er al drie keer geweest, ik kan er niet genoeg van krijgen.
    De muziek samen met de salsa dans,de koloniale architectuur met de oude auto’s in de straten……
    Je moet er niet mee wachten om er op vakantie te gaan want de authenticiteit gaat jaar na jaar achteruit.
    Go with the flow …..

    • Reply Sophia 1 June 2018 at 13:19

      Ja inderdaad, je wordt er happy van… Wij willen ook graag nog eens terug! lieve groetjes, Sophie

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