Paradise Lost

During my time in New Zealand I visited the National Geographic 50 Greatest Photographs Exhibition. An image captured by photographer Bill Allard really moved me. It reminded me a little of the hardship I had seen in South America and helped me to understand my own feelings about photography. Bill Allard - Peru "His name [...]

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Trinidad – Two Prostitutes, a Horse Whisperer and a Wedding

Arriving in Trinidad Stepping out into the cobbled sunset streets of Trinidad was a magical moment. Live music filled the air as I made my way past huge pastel-coloured colonial homes. Cowboys trotted past on their horses after a hard days work and women could be seen preparing rice for dinner through the kitchen windows. [...]

Escape to the Countryside – Vinales

After visiting Las Terrazas, Soraoa and Vinales I felt refreshed. Sure, there was poverty but it felt no where near as oppressive as in the city. Vinales - Fidel and Lester Vinales, a Unesco World Heritage Site, is a beautiful collection of valleys scattered with limestone cliffs (known as Magotes). Farmers drive their oxen and [...]

Escape to the Countryside – Soroa

Reynier - Soroa Reynier is my favourite guy in Cuba - we met him in Soroa, a natural settlement and mountain resort lying 95km south west of Havana. Soroa is known as the 'Rainbow of Cuba.'    It is not as common a tourist destination as Vinales which lies further west but the scenery is [...]

Cuba – Jineteros and a New Land of Opportunities

The thing that struck me the most from meeting the people in Havana, particularly, was their desperate need to make money - in any which way they could. They aren't aggressive about it but they are relentless and so quick and tactical it's scary. They really do have it down to an art form. Jineteros [...]

Cuba – Behind the Smoke

Freedom is important to Cubans. Many stop at nothing to escape and believe that leaving the country will give them the freedom they so desperately need. With ongoing political and economic instability and an uncertainty of what will happen to the country after Fidel and his brother Raul die, who can blame them for wanting [...]

Betty, Miqael and the Cuban Home

Waking up was hard. Rum was banging against the walls of my brain. OUCH. We bagan to wonder whether agreeing to a tour of the city wth a guy who doesn't speak a word of English was the best idea. What the hell? We sit at the table of our Casa with other tourists eating [...]

Cuba – Havana

Stepping out into Central Havana the next day was pretty scary. There I was, standing outside my Casa; the walls of the once beautiful colonial buildings surrounding me were either empty shells or homes in the midst of crumbling down. There was dog shit everywhere from the hundreds of stray dogs that roamed the streets, [...]

Welcome to Cuba

"Ladies and gentlemen, we will be landing in Havana in approximately 30 minutes time. The cabin crew will now spray you with insecticide before landing. This is a requirement of the World Health Organisation. Please feel free to close your eyes." If anyone has ever been through the process of flea bombing a house, that's [...]