What I Saw Backpacking in Cuba’s Eastern Provinces

Danger of collapse.


Photo Feature by Onel

HAVANA TIMES — In the second half of April, I went backpacking across Cuba’s eastern provinces. Of the many things that caught my eye, I would like to tell you about the bizarre signs and graffiti I came across, the madness that captures the way in which people live and co-exist in Cuba’s hottest region.

The walls that would probably be covered up with ads and colorful graffiti elsewhere were full of gray, unassuming inscriptions meant to convey a direct message. The official government banners border on the absurd and magic realism issues from every corner – though in forms that Alejo Carpentier would never have imagined.


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