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Santa Cruz Del Norte

Early one October morning, Romnis (Meet Romnis: https://wp.me/p4fUlX-Tt) and I traveled to Santa Cruz del Norte to explore and photograph.

Santa Cruz del Norte is a small fishing village on the North shore of Cuba about 50 km east of Havana. The first view was of the power plant just outside the town.

Our goal was to get into the marina and photograph the old wooden boats, but the guard was not in the mood to grant us access. Perhaps another day. We set out to explore the rest of the town.

This cozy little beach near the mouth of the river was not very inviting.

The trash problem exists everywhere.

(Down By The River – https://wp.me/p4fUlX-Qh)

Breakfast – Pan con tortilla, jamon, y queso.

People are busy, but as friendly as ever.

This man waved me over to watch the butchering of a pig. I didn’t stay long.

Some of the housing.

A definite Soviet influence.

It was recess when we passed the school.

Along the shoreline ….

more trash.

I imagine this was a sandy beach before hurricane Irma changed the landscape.

Abandoned discoteca. I suspect another casualty of Irma.

Well, not everyone was busy.

This man was selling his car.

…. and, the ever-present propaganda.

 

Going Up

The water systems in most of the houses are gravity feed only

Water is stored on the roofs of buildings in either concrete or, more recently, plastic tanks. Every building has a pump to fill the tanks from the water main in the street. This is usually done at night.

When constructing a new apartment and adding additional water supply, tanks must be hoisted to the roof. This is done with ropes and pulleys and hard work.

This was interesting to watch.

Even this passer-by was wondering about the rigging.

Hard work

Concern

An assist from the landlord.

At the top

“Well done men”

All smiles now.

Where They Live – Tanya and Michel

Tanya is 45 years old. She and Michel live next to Regla. Neither has a job. The only work in old Havana is in the tourist industry and one needs connections to get hired.

 

Michel lugs drinking water to the third floor for Tanya and some of their neighbors.

Their Kitchen area.

 

Some of their possessions.

A table and a bed.

Cheap cigarettes and cheap rum help pass the days.

 

CaburnĂ­

 

Caburni is the largest waterfall in cuba.

It’s located in the Topes de Collantes Natural Park, just west of Trinidad, Cuba

The river drops almost 200 feet over numerous slides and cascades.

It’s slightly over a 4 mile round trip hike with about 1300 feet of vertical descent.

The trail is steep in spots and somewhat slippery, but easy to follow. The humidity makes the climb back out seem worse than it really is.

 

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We had to walk a bit on the paved road to reach the trail-head.

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Some of the geological formations on the trail.

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