A portfolio of Cuba from May 2009, it's people, their life and culture, 50 years after the revolution to otherthrow the Batista regime.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Cuban revolution. Signs of the 1959 Castro led otherthrow of the Batista regime literally still line the roads. Propaganda billboards and Socialist graffiti are as common as cars from the 50's. Though the 50 year US embargo on the largest island in the Caribbean has done nothing to destroy the memory of the revolution or the spirits of the Cuban people.
Tourism flourishes at the many resorts and markets and Che remains the grand symbol of freedom. Even a movie theatre in downtown Havana City was playing part two of Steven Soderbergh's movie Che: Guerilla. But revolutionaries are more celebrated here than movie stars. For instance, white busts of José Martí, the famous poet and national hero, can be found all over Cuba in random places.
Roads and buildings have become dilapidated. Everywhere there is a constant buzz of people working to halt the crumbling of their cities and streets. Because of this there is a huge feeling of community here and coming together. After 50 years music is in the air, the cars still roll and so do the cigars.