ALCOHOL, CUBA, LATIN AMERICA, PHOTOGRAPHY, TRAVEL

FACES OF LA HABANA

Here is a selection of photos that I took on the streets and in a bar in Havana, Cuba during my visit to the island nation in July 2011.  The quality of the images is not so great.  I just had a crappy little camera at the time.  Nevertheless, I like the shots and they […]

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CUBA, LATIN AMERICA, MEXICO, SHORT STORY, TRANSLATION

MOUTH WIDE OPEN (TRANSLATION)

Last year I translated a short story by Cuban writer Odette Alonso for the Palabras Errantes project ´Writing Lesbian Desire´.  It has just been published.  The original title in Spanish is ´Con la Boca Abierta´.  Below is an extract, click through to the Palabras Errantes site to read the story in its entirety in the […]

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CUBA, SHORT STORY, TRAVEL

HAVANA NIGHTS AND MORNINGS

Dieciocho-trienta, dieciocho-trienta……. The numbers drifted across my consciousness, muddling with rapid eye movement sleep. Dieciocho-trienta, dieciocho-trienta. There it was again. Was I dreaming? My eyes opened. A baby-faced cop -still adolescent- hovered above, speaking into his radio. The voice was real. Dieciocho-treinta, dieciocho-treinta (18-30, 18-30), ciudadano extranjero dormido en parque publico (foreign citizen asleep in public park). Saturday […]

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CUBA, PHOTOGRAPHY

CUBAN POLITICAL SLOGANS (PHOTO ESSAY)

This is a selection of Cuban political slogans that I saw during my time on the communist island in 2011.  All photos are my own. THE BATTLE OF IDEAS CONTINUES FATHERLAND OR DEATH WE ARE IN A DECISIVE MOMENT OF OUR HISTORY.  TYRANNY HAS BEEN DEFEATED.  THE HAPPINESS IS IMMENSE.  HOWEVER, THERE IS STILL MUCH […]

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ARGENTINA, BOLIVIA, BRAZIL, CENTRAL AMERICA, CHILE, COSTA RICA, CUBA, ECUADOR, EL SALVADOR, FOOD, GUATEMALA, HONDURAS, MEXICO, NICARAGUA, PANAMA, PERU, SOUTH AMERICA, TRAVEL, Uncategorized, VENEZUELA

LATIN AMERICAN FOOD: L-Z

Here’s the second instalment of my brief Latin American food guide – this time L-Z.  It has been a bit more challenging to come up with a food for every letter here and I allowed myself some liberty.  I’ve enjoyed compiling the guide, I hope you enjoy reading.  Lechón: It’s hard to beat roast pork, […]

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CUBA, PHOTOGRAPHY

POSTCARD FROM TRINIDAD, CUBA

The well preserved colonial streets of Trinidad are a photographer’s paradise.  Unfortunately, because of a  misadventure in Havana (long story), I arrived in Trinidad without a camera.  Cuba is not the easiest place to buy a new camera.  Prior to arriving I spent a couple of days looking for one to no avail.  After asking […]

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CUBA, TRANSLATION

LATIN AMERICAN PATRIOTISM

  Santa Clara, Cuba is the adopted city of Cuban revolutionary hero Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara.  It was also the site of a decisive battle in the revolutionary struggle against Batista.  As such the city is full of monuments to the revolution and to Che including this homage to some of his most famous words.  While […]

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