Luis Rondon Paz
HAVANA TIMES — I recently paid a visit to the municipality of Mariel to meet with an old friend. Currently, Mariel is part of the province of Artemisa (formerly La Habana) and has a population of 42,504 inhabitants.
One of the highlights of the town is the Palacio Rubens (“Rubens Palace”), built between 1905 and 1908 at one of the most elevated parts of the locality.
During my brief stay, I asked a local about the current state of the container terminal at the Development Zone and employment opportunities for the residents of Mariel. He replied that all development was taking place within the terminal, adding that the townspeople might see some of the dividends generated by the port in some years’ time.
He then suggested I didn’t spend too much time in the area, as, according to him, the city practically turns into a ghost-town after five in the afternoon. If I made the mistake of staying after that time, I ran the risk of finding nothing that would take me back to Havana.
His remark left me somewhat worried, so I decided to catch a truck-cab to the Pinar del Rio highway as early as possible and head back to Havana a few minutes later.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see my friend – but that is another story.
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Below are some pictures I managed to take.