People of Cuba

The Men of Vinales

Former Angola fighter turned tobacco farmer. Photo by Frankie Drogin
Brothers, both Tobacco Farmers. Photo by Michael Girman
A man and his oxen: Comandante and Colonel. Photo by Michael Girman
Yeah, the stuff fantasies are made of. Photo by Michael Girman and Frankie Drogin
Cousins. One's doing better than the other.
Yaniel Luis Alvarez, our guide and owner of Discover Vinales. The only guide you'll ever want to engage if you visit Vinales. Passionate and knowledgeable about the land and his people, intelligent and charming as well. Our first day in Cuba with him was the most memorable.

From my balcony

Looking down and across from my balcony, these are the people in my neighborhood.

Socialist Workers

A truckload of bananas make a stop in Old Havana.
Havana Club, El Ron de Cuba
Bartender at Hotel Nacional
Bodegas for Rationed Goods
Tour Guides and Musicians in Trinidad
Shoe Shine, Shoe Repair
Yellow Bananas for Sale
Bicycle Cab, Produce Cart, Garbage Truck
Food Carts
A well deserved cigar break.
Salon & Barber shop
Florist, Tomato Vendor and Embroiderer
Cigar Factory worker. Photo by Michael Girman

Young Cubans

In School vs Not In School
Hip Hop & Soul
School Break

I chanced upon these kids playing music, please take a few seconds to listen.


Green, like lime or pistachio makes a good backdrop
Guitar Player, Bird Seller, Cello Player
Trinidad Blue


Woman selling pastries from her doorway. Woman rinsing rice from her doorway.
Street scenes
Lovely women of our Casa Particular in Trinidad

Artists of Cuba

Sussette Martinez, art curator and historian. She guided us through the Museum of Bellas Artes (Cubano) and we learned so much about Cuban history through art. She is THE insider guide to the Cuban artworld.
Ibrahim Miranda
Glenda Leon
Douglas Perez Castro
Sandra Ramos
Beatriz Santacana
Eduardo Yanes Hidalgo

And because I missed my Nala, I present to you the Dogs of Cuba.

Dogs of Cuba

Fido Castro
Trinidad Dogs
Trinidad Dogs
Trinidad dogs
Gina, dog of Casa Amistad en Trinidad
Plaza Mayor, Finca Vigia, Finca al Paraiso
Havana Dog
Dog Cemetery in Finca Vigia, these were Ernest Hemingway's dogs.

Friends in Cuba

In all of our travels, our fondest memories are of the people we meet. Their warmth, energy, natural-born pride and graciousness touched us to the core. Thank you Cuba.

If you'd like to read more of my Travel Stories, click on the link below. Thank you, come again.

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Tesa Totengco


All photos taken with my Iphone7 with additional photos credited to Michael Girman and Frankie Drogin.

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