However nobody dies of food shortage, but for a lot of Cubans meat or chicken is a luxury. Thanks for sharing – I have shared on Twitter and G+ Besos. The museum of fine arts of Havana hasn't hosted an exhibition of photography made in Cuba since 1983, maybe because the Fototeca de Cuba did such a good job in highlighting the island’s creativity behind lenses. Family dinners were often fueled by overwhelming political discord ignited by yours truly. I stayed 5 months in Cuba some years ago and learned for myself all these things you mention. The pension is between 6 to 8 dollar per month. All of my primary school friends [left] the country in an avalanche… [and then] two of my sisters – Luis Rondon Paz, See my full-length Forbe’s article on why the Cuban Adjustment Act is Destroying Cuba. The overwhelming circular arguments about the effects of the Castro administration can make anyone’s head spin. I can unsubscribe any time using the unsubscribe link at the end of all emails. July 2019 update: in 2017 the Obama Administration removed the CAA for the first time in 50 years! of course, romance: wild music and exotic night life; Hemingway and Jose Martí sugar, rum, and cigars; Che and Fidel; the U.S. blockade and Bay of Pigs; American imperialism hand-in-hand with Cuban despots.. Mostly, Cuba came to symbolize forbidden fruit: our government ruled it off limits, though it's only 90 miles from our shores. Instead, within a year, life began to get worse. Let's have a closer look at the daily life in Havana : The average Cuban salary is about 350-400 Peso Nacional. It includes the newest TV shows, sports games, songs, local classified ads, movies, viral YouTube clips, international news websites, computer applications and more. I hope you’ve enjoyed part one of my Facts of Life in Cuba. Among the best paid are the Police, approx. Without help from outside they would starve. Secondly there are the social benefits, with the ration booklet (the libreta) each Cuban family get a basic ration of staples such as rice, beans, cooking oil, salt, sugar and bread. An anthology of Cuban photography directly aims to compile as many concepts as possible, featuring authors as distant as Felipe Atoy with his sepia shots of everyday life scenes of the early 20th century, to Roberto Chile’s striking black-and-white’s from the 21st. Throughout the countryside, Cubans wave dollar bills on the side of roads hoping to catch a ride to school or work. Excluding the tourist spots, Cubans can get a cup of coffee for .04 cents, buy a sandwich for .08 cents, a pizza for .28 cents, an ice cream for .04 cents, a shared taxi for .40 cents, a beer for $1, a bottle of rum for $2, and the list goes on…. CNN's Patrick Oppmann loves to capture "Cuba moments" with his camera, including this Instagram post of "a … To start with, there is a double system of payment and prices. Internet is $1 CUC per hour, in a country with an average monthly salary of $20. Cuba provides their own version of food stamps to every single Cuban citizen, subsidized or free housing and utilities, free health care, and free education. Table of Contents. No part of this site may be reproduced without our written permission. A mí no me gusta la política pero yo le gusto a ella. While this figure is definitely low by American/European standards, we must think relatively. And as such, I was often mistaken for an eastern Cuban which helped me assimilate and made it easier to have a participant-observational experience. But a growing number of Cubans, especially of the younger generation, claim a strong dislike and apathy for politics; maybe they’re just like many politically apathetic Americans or maybe some are scared of talking and/or feel hopeless. Find more details and samples of photos from the exposition at the website of Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (in Spanish). Politics in Cuba can be Incessant; Cars are Exorbitantly Overpriced in Cuba; Cuba has an Underground Offline Version of Netflix ; Getting Around in Cuba Mean Hitching a Ride; The Average Monthly Salary in Cuba … Additional works present references to the first years of the Cuban revolution of 1959, such as Korda’s famous tribute to guerrilla leader Ernesto Che Guevara, or Osvaldo Salas’ “Fidel y Hemingway” picture of Cuba’s former president Fidel Castro and the American novelist Ernest Hemingway. If that’s the price for a 50+ year old car, imagine how much a brand new car costs. I was emerged and immersed into the deeper inner crevices of the island. It’s hard to imagine such a life when we live in a society that expects a constant and instant connection to the internet. Everyday life in Cuba captured… Everyday life in Cuba captured over 100 years in candid photos. Commuting in Cuba usually means hitching a ride (pidiendo botella). Did you know, that since 1966, the U.S. grants legal residency to any Cuban so long as they step one foot on U.S. soil? My more recent trip to Cuba, however, was less romanticized and involved a more “nacional” experience where I gained a more in-depth perspective of life on the island. "In a way, the evolution of this country is recreated: its history, its relevance, its conflicts, its aspirations, its poetry, its paradoxes," he said. A 2013 Peugot 503 that would normally cost approximately $52,000 in the U.K. is being sold by the Cuban government for approximately $263,000. If you really sit down and listen objectively, you will find there are excellent points made by both sides. I was referring to more basic things like health, school, transportation (buses are less than 1 penny), eating in a cafeteria is .50 cents, etc. I used to think of life in Cuba as politics, power, and . Some people work for less in shops or museums. But wait. Fascinating insights – thank you! All Rights Reserved. But healthy food is expensive. There is no way to argue this. . I am convinced that there may be several other possible selections,” he added. It conveys how photographers went from recording pro-independence war armies, to picturing street scenes or featuring the bearded leaders at mass rallies, and it also chronicles the 20th and 21st centuries’ more abstract approaches. Originally posted in early 2018, Updated: July 24, 2019. My wife is Cuban. This 50’s car (pictured above) is worth approximately $12,000 USD. Some Cubans are revolutionists, they strongly support the Castro administration. Tourists pay for everything in Peso Convertibles (CUC) and only buy in the so-called dollar shops. The image without limits. For a list of real-time car prices, check out the Cuban craigslist’s car section at Revolico. In Havana, almendrones are shared taxis that go up and down specific routes for .40 cents. Wow, this post is so well-written and accurately in its information. But in another house dinner the next week: “OF COURSE, I am a revolutionary and PROUD of it!” – Cuban mom. Dominican Abroad LLC is an Amazon, Booking, and Airbnb affiliate and thus we earn from qualifying purchases you make at no extra cost to you. by Michael Bonocore September 5, 2018. written by Michael Bonocore September 5, 2018. To start with, there is a double system of payment and prices. 50 Photos That Show The Beauty of Everyday Life in Cuba. People thought life would improve. As a first-generation American-born Dominican, I am blessed with the ability to speak the Caribbean Spanish dialect. I really hope something is done about these things. Travel News. There's a system for the Cubans in Peso Nacional, they are paid in Peso Nacional (or Peso Cubano) and they can buy in peso shops for Cubans. There is a thick, constant, electrifying political cloud hovering over the island of Cuba at all times. The two radical sides usually point their fingers at either the Cuban government or the U.S. government. Without CUC you can get almost nothing, Life is very hard. Really spot on your descriptions! From subsidized Cuban-priced domestic flights (via stand by, only available if no tourists want to buy a seat) to my favorite: heading to the Omnibus bus station on the day and time you want to leave, and asking a truck driver if they will let you sit in the back of their truck for $10 to go 20 hours across the country. They must not arrive by plane, but they can arrive by dangerous sea or land migrations. So what can you even get for $25-30 a month in Cuba? Of course this not the whole story, to make an estimate about the cost of the life in Havana you have to take in account the cost of housing, electricity, water, and these costs are in Cuba very low. Havana’s Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Cuban arts building) shines a light on 100 images taken by 50 Cuban photographers from 1895 to present. Although by 2019 there is more access to mobile internet and public spots with wifi in Cuba… it’s still out of the reach of the average Cuban making $20/month. Yes, even the nearly broken-down, dangerous, old rusted ones. Physical distancing in Cuba has been marked by its peculiarities. In Cuba, sales for new cars began in January 2014 after a half century of restrictions on the domestic market. I returned from my first trip to Cuba sporting a glowing tan, whistling to the hymns of the Buena Vista Social Club, and expressing a newfound snootiness for coffee. This is called the Cuban Adjustment Act. No other nationality has this privilege. Lonely Planet Writer. For a twist in creativity, visitors can enjoy an art installation made with plumbing pipes and magnifying glasses that talk about the migration crisis of the 1990’s. Innovation has been the answer to the scarcity which many Cubans face in their day-to-day lives. I live in Melbourne, Australia but have recently travelled to Costa Rica and was curious to learn more about the wider region. Receive my monthly newsletter with the latestinsights, tips & travel guides. As of 2017, access to information is much more limited in Cuba than possibly in any other part of the world. Updated 10:01 AM ET, Thu December 18, 2014. Originally posted in early 2018, Updated: July 24, 2019. Cubans will walk it. Receive my monthly newsletter with the latest, Necessity is the mother of invention. This means that some Cubans are actually more up to date with American pop culture and current media events than many Americans living in the United States! The most revolutionary of innovative systems has been El Paquete Semanal. Also, the increase in tourism has skyrocketed prices throughout Cuba, and especially in Havana. Politics is everywhere in Cuba. I was able to get by as a Cuban and was never asked for ID for these buses. Buses range from the city buses (which are almost free) to a new black and yellow “Collectivo” bus that charges a tiny little more but is more reliable. From the adornment of streets, establishments and highways with homages to political figures, to the many Cubans that will talk your ear off about politics. A curfew wasn’t announced, but surveillance and control by public law enforcement forces have been hiked up. Nobody can give me an economically-sound answer. I don’t want to hear it” – toothless father in law, ranting about the inefficient dental healthcare system. The weekly package is an offline pirated media collection of digital material distributed on Cuba’s black market via USB sticks for about $1. With the unlicensed long distance drivers, someone always had to sit in the front to seem like friends in case we got pulled over. Yes. For elderly people and single mothers the life in the city can be hard and they have to struggle to meet ends.