Maybe you've heard before that the food in Havana or in Cuba in general is very bland. Well, here's another bit of information for you - finding food is like trying to find a needle in a haystack!
Now don't get me wrong...I absolutely loved my experience in Havana. Proof being that most people who travel to Cuba stay at a resort outside of Havana for 7 days and take 1 day to travel to Havana. Whereas I spent 4 nights and 5 days in Havana in a local Casa :)
But finding food was difficult. Proof is here in this photo. See where the lady is standing, see the TINY sign on the arched door, thats the sign that you have to look for while walking the streets of Havana.
Its SOOO hard to notice that sign. Those are basically the only spots to get a glass of juice, eggs, cup of coffee etc....the locals know all these spots, but as for tourists...no.
You CAN walk down to the 'touristy' area of downtown Havana and pay expensive prices at a restaurant, but its always so busy and it's not the true experience. The problem with that as well is that you're not always in that area, Havana is quite large.
And when we did find a corner store selling goods, it was mostly out of stock, that's another problem thats often encountered too :)
Oh the trials and tribulations of traveling to Cuba!
But you have to love it!!
Thanks for looking
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rogerl (1544) 2014-05-06 6:59
Craig, the clothes on the second floor look almost worth a photo of their own! As with your other shots from Havana, the pastel colors on the buildings are really lovely. In this image, I love the woman's pose, hand on hips -- you can hear her thinking "so where is the food, already?" Thanks.
papagolf21 (83520) 2014-05-06 7:04
Tous les éléments sont réunis dans la composition !
Un joli moment de la vie quotidienne et de l'architecture, mêlant un grain d'humour très apprécié.
snunney (79973) 2014-05-06 7:16
You present us with an interesting and attractive daily life image. Apart from the architecture, which has a charm all of its own, we have the lady standing outside wondering where she dare enter, an interesting array of washing laid out above and next to that another lady apparently very interested in something going on in the distance. Perfectly exposed and with some lovely pastel tones.
To answer your question about Milan Cathedral, it is indeed very large but it is entirely surrounded buildings some of which are quite tall. So, it is not visible all over the city; coming from some directions into the square you can be taken by surprise when it suddenly appears. Can't be long to your European trip now. Enjoy!! I look forward to seeing the pictures.
lousat (72907) 2014-05-06 10:09
Hi Craig,I already knew the things that you tell us in the notes, and your photo is really a symbol is worth a thousand words, life is really hard, I remember that I was stopped by the police because I was talking to a Cuban, obviously no measure for me, but the guy risked arrest to the law that prohibits talking with the tourists, of course I paid the cop and it was resolved .. but how much is hard to live down there ... ehee ... congratulations again for the photo and good evening!LUCIANO.
Noel_Byrne (21544) 2014-05-06 10:15
I'm a man that likes food, so would probably have given up and headed to tourist town, but bravo for you not doing so, as its resulted in a great photo and a very interesting note! It is refreshing to see this too, when we live in a world where the big golden M can be seen from space, and every sign features a picture of some happy looking family cramming pizza into themselves, this more subtle take on advertising food is a breath of fresh air! Again the colors of the buildings strike me too, those soft pastels are very unexpected on this style of architecture.
Thanks as always
holmertz (37765) 2014-05-06 10:25
Another great street-shot with a lot of interesting details and a slightly scary note. I would have enjoyed the look of the woman among the nice colors and fine vaults in any case, but your explanation surely makes me see this in a different light. The view of the upper floors comes as a bonus, but what a fine bonus!
All the best,
Romano46 (16582) 2014-05-06 11:24
mi piace come hai ripreso l'anarchia totale che regna a Cuba.
I palazzi mostrano tutta la fantasia del popolo cubano ( e di fantasia ce ne vuole molta per dipingere lo stesso edificio in maniera così contrastante.
Non credo che sia stato fatto ad uso e consumo dei fotografi.
Mi piace l'inquadratura che non si sofgferma solo sui portoni e le arcate colorate ma si spinge verso l'alto dove va a riprendere la donna con il suo bucato steso ad ascikugare altrettanto variopinto.
Bravo come sempre nel cogliere la realtà del luogo.
Ciao e buona serata
Glint (6163) 2014-05-06 13:14
an interesting note to accompany this fascinating glimpse of daily life in Cuba. Great architectural detail too. Well exposed with good sharpness.
jcpix (11726) 2014-05-06 17:00
It's funny the little things you wouldn't think to be of concern when traveling...especially where to find food!? A very interesting facet about Cuba, and one which I would definitely keep in mind if it's ever safe for me to travel there.
You know, these hole-in-the-wall places are usually the best anyway. As you mentioned, the touristy spots are way overpriced and really do take away from the genuine experience. Besides, sometimes it's half the fun not really knowing what you're ordering. :)
Love the scene you caught here, and this ladies stance really puts some character into the visual. Even without her presence this would have been interesting for the colors and textures of course...but as we've discussed, that human element does make quite a difference. Tick tock, tick tock...almost time to get on that plane. :) Take it easy amigo.
Cheers from Az.,
Sonata11 (33179) 2014-05-06 20:33
beautiful snapshot of daily life scene. Wonderfully executed. Lovely colors, perfect sharpness, clarity. Best regards, Barbara
tatadalou (5641) 2014-05-06 21:56
Beautiful capture. The traditional architecture, the linen, the colours, the light, and both women in a nice framing give us a glance of dailylife in Havana.
A useful note, too.
jjcordier (73794) 2014-05-06 22:46
Une intéressante note bien illustrée par cette photo montrant bien la vie de tous les jours à La Havane.
Apurba20 (984) 2014-05-07 1:41
Very interesting. You have expressed very well. Hard to believe!
Nice colors. Beautiful...
Thanks for sharing. Have a great day.
timecapturer (45707) 2014-05-07 3:46
fascinating notes to accompany this wonderful and characterful image. Sounds like a good way to loose weight though! As usual super quality image that displays the architectural detailing so beautifully. Havana looks like a photographer's paradise, despite the lack of fast food :-).
jhm (135866) 2014-05-07 5:23
What a lovely combination between the nice architecture facade and the wash at the balcony.
A lovely picture with the fantastic architecture.
A lively image with the wonan in foreground.
Excellent composition, nice colours and perfect presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
Sergiom (55443) 2014-05-07 6:07
I had the pleasure to make business with cubains, and I learned that you have to know the places, and only locals know where to go and have the best prices.Everything and I mean everything is done under the table.
I was selling to Crystal Brewery dispensers for draught beer. There was around 20 of those dispensers in every hotel even in the streets of every citys.
Have a nice day
dkmurphys (47024) 2014-05-07 6:50
I like a lot your images from Havana. There's something charming about that place, perfectly captured in your pictures.
adramad (35677) 2014-05-07 8:08
Very interesting note, it takes my little desire I had for Cuba. When I travel I like to take a coffee or a sandwich when I want, the painful search you describe is not very nice.
A magnificent facade detail of a building that would be splendid well maintained, the clothes hanging on the balcony and the ladies give good vital touch.
Good management of light and good sharpness.
Splendid image. My compliments.
Have a nice day.
All the best.
dale54 (6419) 2014-05-07 11:07
craig hey..very interesting note for this pic,love this shot,color,crop..very well done! dale
worldcitizen (6523) 2014-05-07 11:29
Allow me to say once again how much I like the colors, crumbling architecture, and hanging laundry in your latest Havana photo. :-) Of course this one also shows us the small food stall, and your note explained the situation for average Cubans in regard to finding food. Were you able to enjoy any traditional Cuban cuisine while you were there (the touristy stuff), or did you only eat the food that real Cubans get to eat these days? Cuban food is so rich with flavors, and it's a shame that the average Cuban can't even enjoy their own delicious cuisine due to lack of access to ingredients. I personally like many Cuban dishes: ropa vieja, lechon asado, boliche, and the classic Cuban sandwich. I'm getting hungry now!! :-)
fabbs99 (16125) 2014-05-07 21:50
Nice presentation of the life in Havana.Very well captured.TFS.
COSTANTINO (51986) 2014-05-20 6:57
Hello my dear friend
your title describes everything in your
shot and your useful notes are almost
perfect this shot brought to me memories
from my visit to Cuba 10 years ago
the pastel colors of those buildings
are really lovely
have a nice time
SnapRJW (29414) 2014-05-26 23:29
Useful travel tips Craig and an super shot to illustrate your point. Another wonderful Cuban facade; colour, textures and details are all here telling the story of a nations and her people.
I hope your trip is going well. We are just back from ours with a multitude of shots to short through!
Greetings from Namibia
wolf38 (30576) 2014-06-09 0:51
Hello Craig. A colorful house facade, some laundry, two women. And then this title. The photo has so many details that you can look at it longer. Overall, an interesting shot.
Best rgds, Wolfgang.
mcmtanyel (10959) 2014-06-18 19:46
The presence of such pretty colors in such an inappropriate manner is what gives strength to this photo, methinks.
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (53036)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-12-07
- Categories: Daily Life, Food, Humorous
- Camera: Pentax K7, Pentax DA 16-50mm f2.8
- Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-05-06 6:27