Walking the Havana streets

Havana streets offer a look at street life everywhere you turn. People tend to live outdoors because with three or even four generations living under one roof, it’s getting crowded inside.

Don’t be shy about breaking away from tourist areas such as Old Havana, the Revolution Square and Marina Hemingway.

The Capitolio is a magnificent building in Centro Havana, modeled after the US Capitol. After seven years of careful renovations--both interior and exterior--it has finally reopened.

Walk the streets and you’ll see how the locals get rid of the little garbage that a family accumulates. Every street in Havana has dumpsters. On the big streets such as Neptuno you will see garbage truck men emptying the dumpsters.

Mostly the garbage is vegetable peelings as there are few products to buy and fewer wrappings.

You’ll see the Habaneros going about their everyday life, working, waiting in lines, but most of all socializing.

If you hear a hissing in the street, don’t worry, that’s just the way that they call to a friend. And the sound of children playing, which has been lost in much of the world, can be counted on at every corner.

school children havana cuba

School children fool around on the sidewalk in the afternoon 

dominos game havana cuba

There is fierce competition among players of dominos

Anywhere you walk, any time of the day or night, you’ll find men at makeshift tables engrossed in dominos. This has always been a popular pastime in Cuba and there’s the chance of a cool breeze in the streets.

havana cop on patrol

When you see the police patrolling Havana streets, remember that they do not allow their photo taken. 

cuban military

This goes for military installations as well, which you can come across during your walks.

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