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colorful pieces in the air

600_5895-sc_wand on the leafs around: butterflies!

Do you like the clowns in the air? Do you also wonder, how they are able to fly? It’s magic!

There are also butterflies, where I live. I love them since I was a child. Unfortunately, butterflies became less common over the years. Environmentalists say, that’s because of the many herbicides and  biocides. While the brides kill the caterpillars and the larvae, the herbicides kill their food plants. I hope, it’s not too late for saving these colorful insects.

In Cuba I met some butterflies, I’ve never seen before. I also was lucky enough to find a place, where several butterflies left their cocoon for starting a brand new live.  Maybe one of you is able to tell me the names of the butterflies in the photos.

Take care!

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A little break …

600_5345-e_w… on the beach. A lazy afternoon in the sun.

When in the Caribbean you have to go to the beach. In this time of the year, the beaches aren’t crowded. That’s because the locals don’t go to the beach during “winter”. Winter in the Caribbean? Are you kidding? No, I’m not. Although it was quite hot for me in February and March, the Cubans are used to much higher temperatures. So, they don’t go to the beach in this time of the year. But, they don’t call this time “winter”. It’s the dry season.

These photos are taken at the Trinidad beach. You can also find some hotels here, at the beach.

A few food dealers were walking around, trying to sell pastries, coconuts or drinks basing on rum (remember, we’re in Cuba). As I mentioned earlier, these people were not pushy. They were coming up slowly after a while for offering their products. After rejecting their offer politely, they always went back and left us alone.

Enjoy!

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Daily Prompt: The Natural World

Today, I have another contribution to “The Daily Post”.

Today’s assignment for photographers is “Nature”. Thus I picked a photograph taken in Cuba at a place, where old trains and their waggons are rusting. You can see, just in that moment, when men stop taking care for a thing, mother nature comes back an takes the reins again.

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Let the music play

600_4178-ec_w When thinking about Cuba, what do you think first? Rum? Cigars? Tabaco? Music? Or old cars?

To shorten it: I found all of this.

Music is everywhere. In hotel  lobbys, restaurants and in the streets are people playing music. Usually bands with more than 2 and  up to 10 members. Here in Germany music in restaurants is usually played by CD and street musicians are playing alone. But in Cuba there were usually bands playing music.

Many of them also try to sell their own CDs. Some CD are homemade, using a CD burner, others are made professional. The price Continue reading “Let the music play”

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el peluquero

600_4105-e_wor “the hairdresser” in English.

This project in Havana is meant to give the poor an opportuntiy to earn their own money by teaching them to become a hairdresser. On the other hand old and poor people can get a free haircut by being a volunteer for the trainees. So, both side can profiting.

You, as a tourist, can visit the school and the regular salon. It’s a complete (even small) street between Continue reading “el peluquero”

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The castle

600_3923-ec_wHavana is located at the coast, but it also has a big bay that is used for the harbor. This bay has a small passage to come in. The city with the old town is located on one side of this entrance and an old castle is located on the other side:  Continue reading “The castle”

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Reusing old stuff

600_3766-s_wEvery now and then you find some stuff in you cupboard, closet, cellar or attic that is unusable anymore, useless or simply needless. You can store it somewhere else to keep it or you can throw it away. But there is another option: you can give it a new meaning and recycle it. i.e. old clothing can be collected and donated to an aid organization to help people after a catastrophe, old furnitures can also be donated to aid organizations for helping poor people and old metals can be remelted for creating new products.

On Cuba I found a very creative idea for reusing old cannons and cannonballs. Continue reading “Reusing old stuff”

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Walking aroung in the old town of Havana II

600_3725-e_wThis is the second post on the old town of Havana. I don’t want to write much, but show photos. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoys being in Havana.

This time I show you photos taken at the former governors palace. You know, Cuba was founded by the Spanish conquistadores and Havana was the capital (as the successor of Santiago de Cuba, the originally capital).

Our local guide also told us about the place in front of the palace: the ground is covered by wooden tiles instead of  stones. That’s because of noise. In that time, it was common to have a siesta, a rest time during the noon times, because the sun is too hot at that hours. Continue reading “Walking aroung in the old town of Havana II”

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Walking around in the old town of Havana

600_3688-e_wHavana is the capital of Cuba. The complete name is Villa San Cristóbal de La Habana.

The city was founded back in the early 16th century by the spanish conquerors. You can still find many old buildings in Havana, i.e. strongholds and churches from that time.

The Cuban government is currently doing many renovations. Houses, streets and places are undergoing a renovation process to get rid of broken facades and holes in the streets. Houses are also freshly repainted, i.e. the houses around Plaza Vieja are all bought by the government, renewed and repainted. Now Continue reading “Walking around in the old town of Havana”

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From dusk till down

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Today I have a few photo’s from Havana for you.

I took these photos from my hotel in Havana at the first evening and the first morning. It’s located near the historic center of the city. You can see the Capitol in the background, the Paseo del Prado (main avenue leading from the Capitol down to the Malecón at the sea).

You can also see the quarter Centro with the sea in the background Continue reading “From dusk till down”

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I’m back ….. from Cuba

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During the last 3 week I was on a round trip on Cuba.

The trip was quite exhausting, but wonderful. While it is icy cold and snowy here in Europe, I was able to enjoy the hot sun on this big Caribbean island. As you might expect, I was there to learn about the culture and take lots of photographs. Some of them will pop up here during the next weeks.

As a summary I’d like to say, Cuba was a positive surprise to me. It was less dirty than expected from my own experience in Spain, Croatia or some other more southern countries. I saw less military or police stuff Continue reading “I’m back ….. from Cuba”