As the rest of the world ponders Cuba's future and with the American embargo weighing over the little island nation for over the past 55 years, Cubans proceed with their daily lives. This is done by their diligence, perseverance, intelligence, ingenuity and at most with a sense of humor. An entire generation has grown up in Cuba under Communism and since the Soviet Union cut the tiny Island lose in 1991 Castro has painfully tried to keep his control. Although they are deprived of many material possessions, they find pleasure and appreciation within their community and its vibrant surroundings. This simple yet positive outlook towards life has made them resilient and resourceful and full of verve.
While growing up during the Cold War I always saw Cuba as a threat to our American security with the threat of Communism only 90 miles from our shores. The past century’s fall of the Soviet Empire has eased fears but has still left me uneasy with the Castro regime. It wasn’t shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks that I first visited Cuba and was overcome with sincere sympathy and concern from the Cuban’s I met. I was even hugged by a complete stranger after they found out I was from the New York area. These events and the current world political climate has made me more cynical about the worlds leaders coming together but has renewed my faith in the people and made me realize that although separated by distance we are very much the same just governed differently.As the rest of the world ponders Cuba's future and with the American embargo weighing over the little island nation for over the past 55 years, Cubans proceed with their daily lives. This is done by their diligence, perseve
A man pears out of a mirrored doorway while at the Tropicana Cabaret and Nightclub. Havana, Cuba.
Santiago de Cuba, Cuba