The sweat-covered boxer from this post is the man on the left, giving it his all in full Cuban sun.
The men would pair up, sparring until the coach said, in a calm deep voice, “Tiempo.” They’d rest a few minutes, wipe their faces, drink some water*. And when the coach again announced, “Tiempo.” they’d start back up until the next announcement.
Gimnasia do Boxeo Rafael Trejo
*And if we were there, put up with a swarm of photographers intent on getting a Very Important Portrait of Very Sweaty Boxer.
Revolutionary leader Che Guevarra is still watching what goes on in Havana. I mean, he was executed in Bolivia in 1969, but still.
And also, while Che was keeping watch inside this building, that gentleman in the helmet was definitely keeping an eye out for what I might do next.
Playa Larga is at the top of the Bay of Pigs*, which is of course the location of the failed attack launched by the CIA in 1961 as an attempt to oust Cuban leader Fidel Castro. The actual invasion was about 45 km south, at the town of Playa Giron, so still pretty close to where I made this photo.
But anyway, I guess you can look at this waterlogged boat as a symbol of that ill-conceived invasion. Or, if you’d prefer, you can look on it as just a really old boat in a country with few resources to repair things like old boats, which will eventually take on water and sink.
Playa Larga, Cuba
*I’d’ve used the Spanish name, only the Google map I was referencing, which named other Cuban bodies of water in Spanish, used English for the Bay of Pigs. Using Google Translate, though, I can say with a modest degree of certainty that in Spanish it would be la bahía de cochinos.