Cuba – A Time Travel Country, photo essay by Charlyne Thorn
As a lot of people I met said, I decided to go to Cuba now, before it changes. National Geographic was already talking about it back in 2012. And it seems to be happening for multiple reasons. From Obama’s visit in March 2016 to the installation of a few Wifi spot here and there as well as the augmentation of tourism year by year, the country is entering a new era. I went off to live this experience and bring back images that may one day, disappear.
The people I met were more than welcoming and willing to share their knowledge and experience. The landscapes were varied and breathtaking. I encouraged people to go before technology takes over, because it does really change the way people interact. You can still see people outside their door talking and observing the street, or inside on their rocking chair while somebody is cooking. Kids are playing on the street with a ball barely inflated, shooting marble or playing dominoes. Others are working on fixing cars or shoes. There is a feeling of community and exchange. With technology, these communities are on the web, and people stay at home. But in a country like Cuba, it’s like everybody knows each other, nobody is a stranger and there isn’t any taboo on starting a conversation with somebody you don’t know. (Charlyne Thorn)