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My Aunt’s House

Posted by cybertoad on 06/17/2016 in caribbean, cuba, instagram, photography |

My Tia’s house is the light coral one on the 2nd floor with the terrace on the far right. You go through the black gate to go up the stairs.  

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My Thoughts on Cuba & Tourism

Posted by cybertoad on 06/15/2016 in caribbean, cuba, travel |

I know I’ve been posting a lot of photos from Cuba, And it’s funny because through the various Instagram filters I’ve used, I am romanticizing the city. As I edited my photos in Instagram I’d show my Tia Gladys my pictures and she was like, “Wait, that’s my street or that’s the city? You’ve made […]

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More almendrones

Posted by cybertoad on 06/15/2016 in instagram, photography, travel |

This is a great article that explains the classic car phenomenon in Cuba, or almendrones as they are called, but to summarize: “New American cars have been off-limits under the U.S. trade embargo since 1960. In fact, until a relaxation of rules in 2013, Cubans were forbidden to buy any cars manufactured abroad. And only […]

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Visiting Mom’s Old House in Habana

Posted by cybertoad on 06/14/2016 in travel |

Today’s story… We visited the house Mom & Dad lived in as newlyweds (Dad had lived there during his previous marriage). The current owners graciously allowed us in. This mirror and shelf are right at the entrance and the current owner said they just can’t be removed without doing damage so there they are, over […]

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Across the street from my Mom’s old home in Santos Suarez.

Posted by cybertoad on 06/09/2016 in caribbean, cuba, instagram, photography, travel |

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Why aren’t there mosquitoes in Havana?

Posted by cybertoad on 06/07/2016 in misc |

While in Havana, I did not see a single mosquito. My aunt explained to me that it was because the state was fumigating homes (inside your home, not just spraying in the streets). On my last day we heard, then saw them coming down the street. Fascinating to me since here in the US most […]

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Batido de Mango

Posted by cybertoad on 06/06/2016 in caribbean, cuba, photography, travel |

We visited the house my parents lived in and the huge mango tree was still taking over the backyard like it did 50 years ago. Mangos were falling off the tree as we walked through so the current owner sent us home with a bag full. My aunt let them ripen a couple of days […]

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Give us this day our daily bread… ration.

Posted by cybertoad on 06/06/2016 in caribbean, cuba, instagram, photography, travel |

Did you know that Cuban citizens still have a ration book and are allotted a certain amount of basic staples a month per person. A roll of bread per day per person is part of the rations. The small blue book on the counter is my aunt’s ration booklet. Read a little more here in […]

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Reuniting Sisters

Posted by cybertoad on 05/20/2016 in travel |

In a week Mom will be reunited with her sister, only a little over a year younger than her. I know my family doesn’t really show much emotion but I’m getting verklempt just thinking about the reunion after so many years. Here are some pics I found… Mom is the top left, my Tia Gladys […]

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