Cuba, far from being the ogre that it is portrayed in the right wing Western media is a socially responsible country that wants to help every individual when it comes to health and medicine. Something that Fidel became personally involved in. Which other leader of a country would have done that for its citizens? Cuba’s biotechnological revolution
This is a report from Al Jazeera on some of the amazing work accomplished by Cuban medical personnel. I’m fortunate to know personally a Cuban Neurologist and a nurse and this article could be talking about them. http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2015/04/cuba-medical-magicians-150430073632978.html
All over Cuba you can see statues of Jose Marti. Here he presides over the very pretty plaza in the city of Sancti Spiritus. Copyright Paul Andrews and Caroline Schmutz, Junagarh Media, http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk
It was actually a small dog resting it’s legs. Seen here sitting on the doorstep of what I suspect is the owner’s house in Sancti Spiritus. Copyright Paul Andrews and Caroline Schmutz, junagarh Media, http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk
Sancti Spiritus is a small city in Cuba. It has a very pretty centre and the people are really friendly. Near the centre, on one day when we were there recently, I saw this Opel Kapitan in good condition. The owner must be a big Che fan as there is an image of the great man on the headlights of the car. Copyright Paul Andrews and Caroline Schmutz, Junagarh Media, http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk
This cat was not phased by the people coming and going into this building which I think was one of the new shops being operated in the city of Sancti Spiritus in Cuba. Truly a cool cat. Copyright Paul Andrews and Caroline Schmutz, http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk
Beny and Roberto run an excellent casa in the city of Santa Clara in Cuba and they own a very old red Pontiac. If you are visiting Cuba staying in a casa is the best way of meeting the real Cuban people. You can see more of our Cuban photos on our Flickr site, just search for Junagarh or on our website http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk.
I pictured this beautifully restored American car in the city of Trinidad with the Museum of the Revolution in the background. While I love cars myself (and I would like to find a way of sharing mine) I’m hoping that two things don’t happen with the thawing of US Cuban relations. The first is that these old cars don’t just get scrapped or exported to collectors in the rest of the world. They are now part of Cuba’s heritage and as such should be restored and used in Cuba. Secondly, I hope that Cuba doesn’t get flooded with new cars as that is the last thing it needs. Many of the streets are small and narrow and the Cuban cities don’t need to end up looking like any capitalist city. As Cuba is starting from scratch as it were it needs an organised scheme of shared car ownership where cars can be booked for an hour or more when needed and are placed conveniently throughout towns and cities. This in association with a decent public transport system should keep the streets clear, safe and clean and not tie up money on these expensive items which for most people sit idle for much of the day. The crazy world of the West is like it is because of poorly designed, inconvenient and expensive public transport systems. My hope that as in most other things that Cuba does that it again dares to be different. Copyright Junagarh Media, http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk.
I’m hoping that with the thaw in relations between Cuba and the US that they won’t lose too much of the many good things that go with their alternative system of government. They have considering their GDP such amazing health and education systems and as in this photo a lot of natural talent in the arts. This was taken in Parque Serafin Sanchez in the Cuban city of Sancti Spiritus on a sunny Sunday morning. On one of our previous trips there was already a very low quality American film being played on the bus journey we took between two cities. This is already the case all over South America so we can only hope that Cuba pushes back a little. Copyright Junagarh Media, http://www.junagarhmedia.co.uk.