Mariane Pearl wrote a piece in the New York Times of her most recent visit to Havana, specifically, the neighborhood Nuevo Vedado, where her cousin lives. Pearl, whose mother was Cuban, has visited many times since the mid 1970s. Her familiarity with the texture of everyday life and the subtle shifts over the years makes for a fascinating glimpse of what a first-time tourist does not see. The accompanying photography by Todd Heisler is exquisite.
Meanwhile, this gringa, remains quite stunned. (Deer-in-the-headlights of--dare I say--decades of vintage cars?)
Pinterest and Flickr are loaded with Havana’s signage and typography. It kind of makes me wonder why I even bothered to bring my camera. I just can’t help myself.
As for postal “letters from Havana,” don’t hold your breath. It’s been a solid month since our trip and not one piece of mail sent by any of our group has yet to arrive at a U.S. address.