To discover humanity in Cuba
walk slowly back in time to another era and spend time with the locals.
Follow them into the tobacco fields
and learn from them the traditions of making
cigars, rum and coffee.
Observe the beauty of simplicity,
and find happiness in a humble way of living.
Experience the rhythm of a culture full of colour and kindness.
Feel surrounded by history
and listen to stories of revolution and freedom.
In 1901, construction began on the popular Malecón coastal road in Havana, and in 1958 – 1959 it was also the site of the Cuban Grand Prix.
In the early 1950’s around 150,000 cars were registered in Cuba, around 65,000 of those remain on the streets today.
It became illegal for even one car part to be brought into Cuba from America after the embargo in 1958.
Cars in Cuba are extremely expensive to buy so horsecarts and bicycles are still commonly used for transportation.
The tobacco industry is controlled by the Cuban government which takes 90% of farmers’ annual crops in exchange for some compensation.
Most tobacco in Cuba is grown by small or family farms, usually 10 or less acres in size, but not larger than 165 acres as per Cuban law.
Cuban cigars are all rolled by hand and some producers use honey to bind together the tobacco leaves and soften the smoke.
The government-regulated coffee ration for Cuban citizens is 2oz (56g or 4 tablespoons) per person, every 15 days.
The famous ‘mojito’ cocktail was born in Cuba and in some places a mojito costs less than a bottle of water.
An average salary in Cuba is between 400 – 700 Cuban pesos per month, which equals approximately US$17-30.
Handmade straw hats were famously worn by soldiers in the Cuban War of Independence, these hats are still worn widely today.
The internet only became available to Cubans in 2015 when the government installed its first 35 WiFi routers in public locations.
The most common way to connect to the internet in Cuba is still through public routers by using a prepaid card.
Cuba’s high-quality education system is free for everyone and the country’s literacy rate is 99.75%.
To discover Humanity in Cuba…
listen to the words of its people.
What message would you like to send to the rest of the world?
My message is that life is once.
We have to live it, to enjoy it.
That it’s good to be ambitious, but not too much.
Don’t trade your life for money.
Stop having war, let’s have peace. Lots of peace!
That’s what I want to tell the world.
Let’s end the war, end it for good.
There should be equality, peace, no war,
let’s not be selfish or have ambitions for power.
The message I have for the rest of the world is:
let’s be more united and create a free and sovereign society for humanity worldwide.
We should work for the world to be in peace,
united, and for nations to understand eachother.
If we are able to love and live as human beings
we can create a better society for all of humanity.
No violence. No guns. And live your life.
To those in poverty, who struggle to get ahead…
never lose faith.
Fight for your ideals, like us Cubans, despite the embargo,
we fight to get ahead, for each day to be more beautiful, to be better.
To be united, we must have more love,
communicate more, and not envy each other.
It’s not about a situation or a place,
everything comes from the mind. All the problems are in our minds,
anywhere you go you’ll find the same things but you have to be prepared for that.
You cannot change the way life is, just keep going.
I would tell people to meet us, come and meet Cuba,
get to know the Cuban people,
we are beautiful and brave.
We only have one planet, take care of it,
protect it, and we will have it for many years to come.