Monthly Archives: November 2022

Che is still watching

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.

Havana, Cuba
photographed 11.6.2022

laundry day (plastic bags)

Not only did white clothes and sheets and towels get laundered the day I was in town, but someone washed out an assortment of plastic bags and hung them on the line to dry.

Cojímar, Cuba
photographed 11.6.2022

laundry day (detail)

Almost every day seemed like laundry day in Cuba, and this was the day the household washed their white things, which glowed in the tropical light. But mostly what I liked was the thin orange of the clothesline cutting across the view.

Cojímar, Cuba
photographed 11.6.2022

that one boat took on a lot of water

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
photographed 11.10.2022

*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.

schoolgirl, at lunchtime

School attendance is mandatory in Cuba between the ages of 6 to 16. This girl’s uniform indicates that she’s in primary school. Cuban primary school curriculum includes dance and gardening, lessons on health and hygiene, and Cuban revolutionary history. All levels of curriculum focus on the principles of hard work, self-discipline, and love of country.”

Some students may go on to attend the University of Havana, which was founded in 1727. In case you were wondering about long-standing Cuban traditions of higher education.

Playa Larga, Cuba
photographed 11.10.2022

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