dsc_0682We 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.)

All photos by Sunshine Scout. All rights reserved.

All photos by Sunshine Scout. All rights reserved.

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Photo by Sunshine Scout.

Photo by Sunshine Scout.

Our first day of touring in steamy Havana. Photo by Sunshine Scout, but you probably figured that out.

Our first day of touring in steamy Havana. Photo by Sunshine Scout, but you probably figured that out.

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