Saturday, 3 November 2012


Varadero is a beautiful Caribbean tourist spot. But, as any Cuban will tell you, "Baradero ees no Cuba." To see the real Cuba, you have to get in a car and leave the tourist zones (it couldn't be safer; there are like two cops for every person). I saw many things on my road trip from Varadero to Havana, including several variations on this scene: children living in cinder-block "homes" with nothing but piles of dirt, a sinewy rooster and each other for company. And yet, always, smiling from ear to ear. Next time your children say "I'm bored," show them this photo and ask them to think about that sentence they just said.