Photo essay: colorful Havana

Stories | 03.07.2020
Nikolay Ivanov
Photographer and designer
For me, Havana is a city frozen in time. Probably one of the most amazing feelings I experienced was being transported to a different time. This is most evident in Cuba, where globalization hasn't reached. On the one hand, this is a disadvantage because the service I'm used to and most goods are absent. But it seems to me that, for tourists, it's actually an advantage. The place's authenticity has been preserved.
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«Walking around the city is pure pleasure because there's not another one like it in the world. Each step of the way is saturated with incredible history here, from the colonialist era to the times of Hemingway, Che Guevara, and Fidel Castro. Regular people surround you with a smile always on their faces. Cuban music, which is something of a cult here, is imbued everywhere. Its sound comes dancing out of every business and almost every house. The bright sun illuminates old streets and retro cars while the aroma of rum, coffee, and Cuban cigars waft through the air past the sounds of drums, maracas, and guitars. They all come together in an amazing, one-of-a-kind mix. I was here for only one day, but Havana will forever be in my heart.»
Words and images by Nikolay Ivanov
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