We all know the saying: “A picture is worth a thousand words.” As a writer, I’d like to believe that words are as powerful as pictures, if not more, but I’m not sure that’s true. Here are a few photos I snapped while walking along the steamy cobblestone streets of Cuba during my 3-port cruise journey with Fathom in May. As you can read in my other Cuba post, I was thrilled to be on the first U.S. cruise to Cuba from the United States in more than 50 years. The heartfelt greeting we received by ordinary Cubans was something I will never forget.
Cuba is a colorful, complicated, dichotomous country. Cuban ladies love to wear fishnet stockings with their official uniforms. Crumbling apartment buildings sit side by side with shiny, beautifully-curated cultural museums. Intoxicating music and soulful smiles are very easy to come by, even if a bar of soap and a little extra food is not. At this moment, all I can say is that I’m hoping for a brighter future for these soulful people, (and their doggies too.)