Saturday May 30, 2020

Our woman in Havana

The elegantly faded Cuban capital is on the cusp of a defining moment

Nadine O’Regan

Arts Editor and Columnist

@nadineoregan
10th April, 2016
6
A trip to Havana, with its riot of colourful houses and hotels in the grandly colonial, Moorish and baroque styles, may be the closest thing to time travel youll ever experience

It’s a cloudless day in Havana. The sun beats down. People mill about the place, laughing and chatting. Nearby, a group of entertainers teeter past on stilts, wearing belly-tops and singing, while their accomplice holds out a pouch for tourists’ contributions. Gaiety is in the air. We’re meandering through the sloping streets, when I’m stopped by my guide and prevented from walking on the pavement. “In Havana, people avoid footpaths,” Lillian says. She points up...

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