Monday, October 31, 2011

Four Rauls

 Mañana en la cocina de Tere.

 La guagua.

Four Rauls.

Reicito Pionero

Reicito getting ready for a wildlife excursion with school (a common activity for Cuban kids as part of their "Revolutionary" education).

Back to Playa 16

Celebrating 5 months of having known each other at Playa 16 where, on the night we met, we conversed until the sun came up.

Necrópolis de Cristóbal Colón

Taking notes, makin' plans! Due to rain and my being sick, we didn't get much done this month.

 "They don't let us in here."

 Necrópolis de Cristóbal Colón (Christopher Columbus), the largest cemetery in America.

Photos weren't allowed, so I shot from the hip (literally). Raul's aunt Mercedes, a former colonel, is buried here.

Similar to el Presbítero Matías Maestro in Lima, the marble work is fascinating.



"We salute 50 years of the Victory of Girón"... apparently, this kind of street art is permitted/encouraged!

Mattress repair.

Morning 199


Combo, Raul's grandfather's American Standard who bit me back in May, was poisoned by the neighbors shortly after my visit.

Baby bunnies...

Only the best-- Metusalem rum from Santiago de Cuba.


Fly by Raul.

This guy showed up on the shower curtain.

Raul's younger half-brother, also named Raul (after Raul the father, Raul the uncle, Raul the grandfather.... ¡ay, mi madre!).


The ubiquitous.

Rain along the Malecón...

Mi guitarrista.

I love being inside of these classic cars, everything is so mechanical.

Yissel and the pup.

Pigeon guy.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Movie Set Rain

La bella familia: Raul, Tere y Reicito.

It rained through most of my visit....

El Capitolio.

Barge in Havana's Bay.

Morning 184

Tambor pa Changó

Repitles in the morning...

Jicotea, Raul's family's turtle that spends most of the time under the counter with the pots and pants.
The guarapo stand (sugar cane juice).

El Flaco greets us at work before clocking out.

Love this one.

We joined el Flaco's brother at a tambor pa Changó, a ceremony of the African Yoruba religion (commonly combined with Catholicism in Latin America to form Santería) honoring Changó. According to Wikipedia, Changó is the Orisha, or god, of justice, dance, male beauty and passion. Jicoteas like Raul's pet turtle are offered to Changó, as are these drumming and dancing sessions.
Everyone had off from work on this Monday, not coincidentally, to honor the Emancipation of Slavery in Cuba in October of 1886.
Here pictured is a woman removing the socks of one of the dancers who was temporarily possessed and fell to the ground, part of the ritual.

Los tambores, which were more like cajones to keep the constant rhythm.

I'm unsure of how these possessions work, seen above and below, and if it's by demonic or positive spirits.

Raul and I didn't seem to notice!


Adorable kids.

On a hill in Santa María del Rosarío, La Loma de la Cruz.