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“I departed thence for Cuba, for by the signs the Indians made of its greatness, and of its gold and pearls, I thought that it must be Cipango” —Christopher Columbus

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No visa
No baggage to drag
Travel light

For centuries, Cuba’s greatest resource has been its people —Pico Iyer

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With carte blanche
Art inspiration
Books the flight

As far as cities go, Havana is a festering treasure chest, a primary color —Brin-Jonathan Butler


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As by time machine
Hola life!

Havana is a uniquely complicated city and contains a great many histories —Laura van den Berg


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Gilded age
Giddy daiquiris

It didn’t get any more glamorous than Havana, Cuba, in the 1950s. I used to go there when I was a waiter on a cruise ship —Sirio Maccioni


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World at sea
Aquarian sky
Banner star

I spent a great deal of time with Che Guevara while I was in Havana. I believe he was far less a mercenary than he was a freedom fighter —Maureen O’Hara


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The Conquistadors’
Story arc

North Americans don’t understand… that our country is not just Cuba; our country is also humanity —Fidel Castro


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Raise the gleam
Of revolution
Love not war

Havana, for all its smells, sweat, crumbling walls, isolation, and difficult history, is the most romantic city in the world —Mark Kurlansky



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Briney air
Aqua atmosphere
Burnished scars

In Old Havana, the names of the streets before the revolution provided a glimpse into the city’s state of mind. You might have known someone who lived on the corner of Soul and Bitterness, Solitude and Hope, or Light and Avocado —Brin-Jonathan Butler


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Through the cracks
In isolation
Glasses raised

Cuba ought to be free and independent, and the government should be turned over to the Cuban people —William McKinley



Viva la Vida v

From the heart
Cheer inspiration
Olé Che!

At the risk of seeming ridiculous, let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love. It is impossible to think of a genuine revolutionary lacking this quality —Ernesto Che Quevara

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2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Love this! The art is so vibrant, alive with color. I really liked the Butler quote about street corners. I wrote it down and want to play with the idea of street names that suggest my moods. Thanks!

    January 30, 2022
  2. Thank you, LuAnne. Can’t wait to see what you name the path less traveled by. : )

    January 30, 2022

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