For someone who has enjoyed long stays in Havana, my recent week-long visit this September was short but sweet, and only enough to wet my appetite.
Although there will never been enough time to spend in this spectacular city, I managed to go dancing every day, catch-up with old friends, take a few dance classes with my favourite teachers, see five concerts, and visit some new and exciting places. Havana, you never cease to amaze me.
Oddly, I have no photographs of where I spent most of my time. I did mange to capture a few interesting spots and events: a very beautiful boxing gym (Rafael Trejo) where the manager was training his team for an upcoming competition, my friends working out at Ojo de Cyclone, using perhaps the most beautiful 'universal' I've ever seen (good job Leo); and, on my last day, I captured kids playing in the street in recognition of CDR Day (Committees for the Defense of the Revolution), a national holiday.
CDRs were created to promote social welfare and report on 'anti-revolutionary' activities, although on September 27th, this has evolved into a celebration, where all around the city, neighbourhood streets are closed to traffic, children play, adults drink and chat, and large pots of caldoza (stew) are made and shared.