Just One Person from around the World: Cuba

I visited Havana very briefly a few years ago. I had been to Cuba before over a decade before and this time as it was such a brief visit, I wanted to see downtown Havana, and hired a taxi as I could no longer walk far. At one stop, I was struggling a bit, and as I leaned on my sticks, I said to my guide, I wonder if that lady would let me take her photo…we smiled, I pointed at the camera around my neck and she nodded and gave me the most beautiful, natural smile. She then stood up and insisted I took the seat.

A brief connection, but I think it shows in the image:

Portrait of Cuban woman

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  1. What a beautiful woman! You just know she’s a nice woman too! Did you interact with many of the Cuban people? I hope you got a photo of your guide too! I look forward to your posts!

    • Sue

      Sadly, I didn’t…not speaking Spanish doesn’t help, and I must see if I have an image of my guide….

      • Bummer! What made you decide to visit Cuba?

      • Sue

        I read an article in the newspaper (in 2004, I think) about Fidel Castro Ruz getting good older and exhorting us to get to Cuba before he died and it changed too much, so off we went, Castro lived on for years longer! Anyhow, I loved it, so completely different to anything I had experienced befor, and I drove 600 miles across the country.

      • Oh my gosh Sue! What an adventure that must have been!

      • Sue

        I read an article in the newspaper (in 2904, I t about Fidel Castro Ruz getting good older and exhorting us to get to Cuba before he died and it changed too much, so off we went, Castro lived on for years longer! Anyhow, I loved it, so completely different to anything I had experienced befor, and I drove 600 miles across the country.

  2. Great image, with a story to go with it.

  3. Good people are just that, good. Wherever they live in this world. You can see from her face that she is a good woman.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  4. Sue, that’s a fabulous photo! Thanks so much 🙂 🙂

  5. maristravels

    What a great photo and how lucky to find such a good subject. I bet you’ve got lots of good photos of old Havana. I didn’t get many and I can’t remember why. I loved Cuba and went early on before it was officially sanctioned to go there, sometime in the seventies I think. We had to fly to Spain, then buy other tickets to Cuba from there. I loved it, it was so different from anything we’d experienced anywhere before. I speak Spanish and one day in the Museum I was able to do some translating for them and they gave me a Certificate which I have had framed and it now hangs in my kitchen. It says it was awarded for my help in the revolution! It’s a great talking point and depending who’s asking, I either refuse to talk about it (secret agent stuff implied) or I talk my head of.

  6. One image can provoke so many memories as this one does. Cuba must be extraordinary to explore.

  7. Great photo and beautiful smile

  8. A connection indeed. That is a very special photograph. When asked not everybody wants to be photographed do they. Her easy and accepting expression suggests there was a fleeting simpatico and you captured it excellently.

  9. It’s strange and wonderful those little connections that we make with people. It does show in your photo.

  10. A wonderful portrait. And another snippet of autobiography.

    Reminded me of the woman we talked to (maybe “talked to”?) in Praga. A pity she wasn’t immortalised too.

  11. Beautiful face! We visited Havana briefly, but nowhere else. I’d like to see more of Cuba.

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  13. Great portrait, and yes, it’s clear from it that the two of you connected, however briefly.

  14. This is wonderful, Sue. And the story too. Cuba is a photographer’s Paradise, I know – and I hope to visit some day….maybe….

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