Finally a Sunday rest day! Imma sit here & remember this beautiful castle in Cuba & how incredibly serene that day was....cause Kuma called the cops this morning using Iphone SOS. No sleeping in for me 🐻
👗 by @marahoffman#restday#sundayvibes#cuba#holguin
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@maureenpowel lounging on a balcony, typical to the colonial homes of Havana. These spacious homes were divided up to house more than the one family it typically held pre-revolution. Access and disparity still pervades as some Cubans with family abroad send remittances to purchase multiple properties, often used for bed and breakfasts. •
Balconies and high ceilings allowed for lighting and space for the Caribbean heat to rise keeping homes cooler. Havana has been in a decades-long housing crisis, as supplies and materials were and still are hard to come by per the embargo. •
The government has slowly been renovating select areas in the city. Predominantly tourist areas, where residents living in “mal estado” or subpar conditions are pushed out to areas outside of the city in “temporary” housing that ends up being long-term as the government gives no guarantee that people will reoccupy their same homes that were “fixed-up.” These homes in Old Havana are predominantly AfroCuban since the areas they were relegated to outside of the city center walls in colonial times, over time, have become part of present-day Old Havana.
It is typical to have many generations of families living in one crumbling home. Cubans save up money for years to “tirar la placa,” to buy cement for wooden homes typical to the region but not rain and hurricane-friendly. Others may receive this lifeline from family abroad. It is also so they may build up their homes with more floors, to accommodate the amount of individuals living in a small space. A common way to make use of space, is building a loft-space intermediary where heat inevitably gets trapped described in its name, “baracoa,” barbecue. And for that reason alone, there is very little privacy. Couples may be married but live in separate homes because they may not be able to find housing or even afford it. Otherwise they may move into the family home of their partner.
La Habana, Cuba - street view, Old Havana; this shot is a good example of how narrow the streets of Havana can be in places. When you combine the colors, clothes, architecture, sights, sounds, etc., it creates quite a unique vibe that I’d definitely recommend checking out if you ever have the opportunity 🇨🇺🇺🇸
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