Neahkahnie resident Linda Cook was part in a 10-day photographers’ tour of Havana, Vinales, Trinidad and Cienfuegos, Cuba in Dec. 2013. Her images captured the people, old cars, architecture, musicians, and variety of transportation — from bicycle carts and coco cabs, to refurbished late-model American vehicles — found on the island nation.
Her photos also show the crumbling buildings, the ration stores with limited amounts of food, and the difficulty of farming with mostly oxen and old men tending the fields.
“I highly recommend traveling to Cuba and seeing this amazing country before there is too much change,” she added. “I’m very concerned that the beautiful, though decayed old architecture will continue to be torn down and replaced by new buildings.”
Cook advises visitors to realize that travel to Cuba impacts the locals. “There is a shortage of affordable food for the everyday people, and your presence at hotel restaurants and the newer private paladars (family-owned and run small businesses) use up a disproportionate amount of that food.”
The Hoffman Center Travelogue program was created to celebrate global culture and community through the lenses of local citizens. Refreshments will be served and discussion will follow the presentation.