Havana is a place like no other-- especially now as it sits on the precipice of change.** It is no wonder why a long list of artists and writers have been inspired by its constant thrum of music, magical light, astounding diversity and Romantic ideas. The revolutionary spirit is alive and well on Havana's walls, where the city's people find original ways to express themselves in the face of the government's soft censorship. It's true what everyone says about the mediocre food and the sex tourists, but brave both and fuel yourself on mojitos for an unforgettable ride (in one of those bitchin, gas guzzlin old cars).
In 1990, artist Salvador Gonzales Escalona began transforming Callejon de Hamel, an alley in a dodgy part of town, into a vibrant Afro-Cuban cultural center and a living piece of art, using found objects like bathtubs for sculptures and all kinds of available paint for murals including car enamel.
Social justice posters for sale in Plaza de las Armas. The OSPAAL ones are the best.
** For the record, this trip to Cuba was planned before the US government announced sweeping changes to its policies on travel for US Citizens to Cuba but happened after the announcement and before Paris Hilton showed up.