Cuba's economy is an anachronism -- a centrally-planned disaster
that fully fell apart when the Soviet Union did. But the country
somehow staggers along under the weight of its own inefficiency.
Here's a glimpse of what it looks like on the ground:
) here; the state-owned Ditu Pollo (left) is open (sort of) for
business at this location along Havana's Malecon.
) may claim to treat you like family, but in Cuba, eating out means
literally sitting down with someone's family. Tentative reforms by
President Raul Castro have legalized certain small privately-run
businesses, like this paladar, a restaurant in the front room of a
private home, Centro Habana
Cuba's crumbling transportation infrastructure is augmented by
official vehicles, which are required by law to pick up
hitchhikers. This woman caught a ride from downtown Havana in a
) that cruise Havana
as set-route shared taxis are probably the most reliable way
for locals to get around. Fares are around one peso per passenger,
Whether one works for the state salary of ~$20/month, or is trying
to scratch out a living themselves under the new rules, everybody
is hustling to make ends meet. A bread seller walks the early
morning streets of Trinidad de Cuba.
If Cuba says tobacco is bad for you...
Bowling was banned under the tenets of the Revolution, until Cuba
was awarded the 11th Pan Am Games in 1986. This is a two-lane
state-run alley, Cienfuegos.
The Marlboro Man looks so much different with a beard, no?
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