Moe Zoyari
Moe Zoyari
Two-time winner of POYi photojournalism award.

Cuba: A Culture Encapsulated

By Moe Zoyari

 A salesman is silhouetted in a local market in Havana, Cuba.

A salesman is silhouetted in a local market in Havana, Cuba.

 

Havana is a time capsule, teleporting visitors back to the dreamy mystique of the 1950s. In 1961, the United States placed an embargo on Cuban exports, creating el bloqueo, "the blockade." This had large economic implications on Cuba as a whole and severely limited consumer choice. In many cases, stores sell only one or two types of a product, often leaving shelves empty. Even shampoo has become a luxury item. 

 
 A JetBlue airplane descends to land into Havana, Cuba.

A JetBlue airplane descends to land into Havana, Cuba.

Cuba on the first sight

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 A woman hangs bedsheets to dry in Havana, Cuba.

A woman hangs bedsheets to dry in Havana, Cuba.

Cuba on the first sight

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 A Cuban fisherman tries to catch some food, right after the sunset in Havana, Cuba.

A Cuban fisherman tries to catch some food, right after the sunset in Havana, Cuba.

Cigars

 A Cuban farmer smokes a cigar next to his tobacco fields in Vinales valley, Cuba.

A Cuban farmer smokes a cigar next to his tobacco fields in Vinales valley, Cuba.

 

Getting out of Havana & Going to Vinales

As the Points Guy says: "Everyone who goes to Cuba visits Havana, but not too many take the three-hour taxi or bus ride west of the city to explore Viñales, one of the country’s most beautiful towns, best known for its limestone hills and tobacco farms."

Although sitting with nine other fellow passengers in the back of a small car for three hours was not as pleasant, but walking through Vinales Valley took away the tiredness of all that bumpy road.

 
 A woman cleans her house in Vinales valley, Cuba.

A woman cleans her house in Vinales valley, Cuba.

 Farmers take care of their tobacco fields in Vinales valley, Cuba.

Farmers take care of their tobacco fields in Vinales valley, Cuba.

Reuters: Sales of Cuba’s legendary cigars rose 5 percent last year to $445 million, defying stagnation in the global luxury goods market, manufacturer Habanos S.A. said at the opening of the Caribbean island’s annual cigar festival.

Religions

 People dance and sing while they pray in a church in Havana, Cuba.

People dance and sing while they pray in a church in Havana, Cuba.

 

It all started when…

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 Cubans do their errands near a church in Havana, Cuba.

Cubans do their errands near a church in Havana, Cuba.

Dance & Music

 Cubans drink and dance in Havana, Cuba.

Cubans drink and dance in Havana, Cuba.

 

It all started when…

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 A Cuban dancer (not shown) exercises in an abandon building owned by the government in Havana, Cuba.

A Cuban dancer (not shown) exercises in an abandon building owned by the government in Havana, Cuba.

 Cubans and tourists dance in Havana, Cuba.

Cubans and tourists dance in Havana, Cuba.

 Waves crash over the Malecon highway as sun sets n Havana, Cuba.

Waves crash over the Malecon highway as sun sets n Havana, Cuba.

 

Internet & the new technologies

Cuba Opens Up to the World

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Final words

Conclusion

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