Author: Paul

About a 3-hour ride west of Havana is a small town called Viñales. Here is where they have good conditions to grow tobacco for some of those famous Cuban cigars! Also, I had an opportunity to ride in an ox cart! I only managed a few pictures along the way because, well, the road was bumpy and it’s rather hard to focus when you’re holding on for dear life with your right hand and swaying to an fro as the…

One day, during our bus ride, the topic of groups by country came up. We were talking to one of our guides, Lisete, and we asked her: Based on your experience as a guide, who are the most stressed out people, by country that you’ve meet. Without hesitation, she said: Americans. This did not surprise me at all. She went on to say that: You know. This is Cuba. Not everything is going to be ready when we think, or…

It was pretty remarkable that our small group of about 22, including guides, had not only 4 birthdays in February, but 4 birthdays in a row and that 3 of the birthdays belonged to the guides plus the bus driver! In the featured picture, you can see Alain, whose birthday was on 2/13, enjoying a sniff of Master’s Selection rum, one of his favorites. He said that he cannot afford it because it’s about $50+/bottle. So, one of the guys…

One morning, a group of us were out early, taking pictures. We happened upon this man who was preparing to out and sell his bread. I stopped to ask him if I could take his picture. He was more than willing. In fact, he grabbed a loaf, held it up, and told me, with that usual Cuban pride and sincerity, that Cuban bread was some of the best bread that you could get. After I finished taking the picture, I…

If you’ve ever followed any type of photo journalism, then you might know the name, Peter Turnley If you don’t, you might want to have a look at his “resume”, it’s quite impressive. If you want to shoot in a photo journalistic style, I don’t think that you can find a better teacher, quite honestly. That said, he’s quite approachable and fun to be around; however, when his eye catches something that he thinks might develop into a great or…

Today is my birthday, once again. Now, I’m officially eligible for some senior discounts. Perhaps I’ll have to start eating my dinner at 4:00 PM with the rest of the crowd of a certain age. 🙂 Each year at this time, I stop to think about what I’ve done, what I want to do, and also things that I fear doing, for whatever reason. I try to cross one of the fear-based things off of my list. I’m still thinking…

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