Una Boricua y su Cámara en Cuba

August 16, 2019  •  2 Comments

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Who doesn't want to visit Cuba? The legendary - and unknown by many- largest island of the Caribbean.  

 

Shortly after the 2016 lift on the American tourist restrictions to visit Cuba, a group of friends and I traveled there and stayed for 10 days, touring  680 miles while visiting six cities; Varadero, La Havana, Viñales, Pinar de Rio, Trinidad, and Cienfuegos. In retrospect, visiting Cuba was, undoubtedly, the most unforgettable trip I’ve ever been to! 

 

Perhaps was the parade of the 1950’s automobiles on the streets, the unattended architecture -that often times make you feel like if you were in a giant movie set- or perhaps was the simple life and warm gaze of locals walking by. Who knows. But there is something about Cuba that promptly captures your full attention, and  lands deep and perpetually in your memory and heart.  

 

Life in Cuba_MayePhotography   Life in Cuba_MayePhotography On the first outing, after several layers of sunblock, bug repellant and an uncontrollable and indescribable excitement for being there, my camera and I headed out to explore the capital, La Havana. A couple blocks down the road, the world’s famous Cuban esplanade,  “El Malecon,” showed itself massive and calmed, along with hopeful fishermen contemplating the stunning sunset.

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As I walked through the streets of the stopped-in-time cities, It didn’t take me long to feel a deep sense of gratitude for all the things I have left back home. Gratitude for the commodities of a modern world that often times we-all take for granted.

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As a Boricua, Cuba felt so familiar and yet so foreign. The colonial architecture, the vivid music on the streets and the humor of its people made me feel at home. As the saying goes, "Cuba y Puerto Rico, the un pajaro las dos alas."  On the other hand, there were so many other elements and moments that I would describe as everlasting humbling experiences. Undoubtedly, Cuba has a unique charm.

 

So what did this Boricua learn in Cuba?  (1) Surround yourself, and spend your time creating cherished memories with people you love, you care for and and you live for - even if it’s just with a stranger, like me, passing by; (2) True living is to feel true joy. Do what you can with what you have; (3) and above all, do it with a smile. No complaints allowed! ...As Cubans often say, “que nadie te quite lo baila’o!” 

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With its endless stunning scenarios and the warmth of its people, Cuba is a gem ready to be adored and enjoyed by all.  #MayePhotography

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Miyen Wu(non-registered)
Unas fotografías espectaculares. Felicitaciones Maye Cordero.
Chanel Rodríguez(non-registered)
Me encantó Maye, tienes mucho talento.
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