I was born and Turin a spring of 1983 from an Italian father and Brazilian mother. I grew up in a multicultural environment that gave me the opportunity to absorb a little of each one and become a more open and prone to see diversity as a plus. My...
School children in Trinidad Public Education in Cuba is free and ithas been a highly ranked system for many years. The University of Havana was founded in 1727 and there are a number of other well-established colleges and universities. Following the 1959 revolution, the Castro regime nationalized all educational institutions, and created a system operated entirely by the government. Education expenditures continue to receive high priority
A ‘Quinceañera’ in Cienfuegos. The fiesta de quince años (also fiesta de quinceañera, quince años and quince) is a celebration of a girl's 15th birthday. It has its cultural roots in Latin America but is widely celebrated today throughout the Americas
Cuban rooster on a street of La Habana This animals are often used for cockfighting that while it is banned in many parts of the world, is favored throughout the Caribbean and in Cuba its popularity is growing.
A man reads the newspaper in his house Although the Cuban media is controlled by the state through propaganda laws, the national newspapers of Cuba are not directly published by the government. Rather, they are published by various Cuban political organisations, notably the Communist Party of Cuba, which is the only legal party in Cuba.
Portrait from a Bicitaxi, the cuban cycle rickshaw taxi. The humble bicycle is gradually shedding its grim association with Cuba's economic crisis and making a comeback buoyed by demand from tourists and Cubans frustrated by poor public transportation.
In Cuba there is a system of food distribution known as the Libreta de Abastecimiento ("Supplies booklet"). The system establishes the rations each person is allowed to buy through that system, and the frequency of supplies. The empty shelves in the grocery, supermarkets and drugstores are unfortunately a very common image throughout the island
Our host Pedro watches a baseball match on tv Baseball is one of the most popular sports in Cuba. Despite its American origin, baseball is strongly associated with Cuban nationalism, as it effectively replaced colonial Spanish sports such as bullfighting. Since the Cuban Revolution, the league system in Cuba has been officially amateur. Top players are placed on the national team, earning stipends for training and playing in international competitions.
Cubans are not allowed to buy new cars, that’s why owning a car is equivalent to real luxury. It is quite likely that the car in the picture can be worth around 15,000 dollars, a rather high price considering that the average salary of a Cuban is 29.6 dollars
The Capitolio of la Habana from a taxi window. In modern-day Cuba, private taxi drivers make much more money than doctors and other professionals. On his quietest day, a Cuban taxi driver makes around CUC$60 (US$60), this price increase until CUC$40 per hour if you want to ride La Habana in classic 1950's car. In contrast, a doctor is paid CUC$60 a month.
A tank truck passes behind a woman in the city of Viñales Fuel supply is a very common problem in Cuba, in Viñales the fuel reserves often are already exhausted at noon due to the increasing number of tourist buses bringing visitors from all over the world
The dancer Barbaro Ramon from Los Muñequitos de Matanzas. They specialized in three variants of rumba: yambu (from Matanzas), a slow rhythm danced by couples; Columbia, a rural rhythm that men dance alone with knives and machetes; and guaguanco, a contemporary urban style. Rumba in itself is a musical complex of rhythm, song and dance that evolved in Cuba from the meshing of African and Spanish influences during colonization. It flourished in communities where enslaved Africans resided near docks or sugar plantations.
Hotel Santa Clara Libre, Santa Clara. Is the tallest building in the city and on the facade Bullet holes are still as result of the battle in 1958 between Che Guevara's guerrillas and flailing government troops.
On April 2018 Miguel Diaz-Canel, a Communist Party loyalist replaced Raul Castro as president, bringing an end to the 59-year era of rule under the Castro brothers, though almost certainly not their influence or power.
On the shelf of their tiny living room, find a place some of the symbols of the Yoruba religion, originally from Africa (mainly in Nigeria and Benin), which influenced the origin of various religions in the rest of the world, such as Santería in Cuba and Venezuela or the Candomblé in Brazil.
A gentle street musician in La Habana. He has learned a little of Italian, a little of Russian and some Japanese words exclusively talking with tourists. For many years it was the only way for cuban people to know what was happening outside the island