Dorian Webb

Cuban Ingenuity

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Cuban Ingenuity

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If the opportunity to visit Cuba arises, LEAP upon it! It really is a country like no other. As spectacular as Cuba's majestic buildings are, its people are even more awe inspiring with their ingenuity and resourcefulness. Despite limited access to even the most basic of supplies, many Cubans have kept their pre-1959 automobiles not only running, but absolutely purring with style. Using only bits and pieces salvaged from discarded objects and combined with the occasional spare part transported in the checked luggage of  far flung, visiting relatives, these gleaming vehicles are lovingly rebuilt by hand, from their axles up.  No detail is to small to shape, to refine, to polish. To see these majestic machines lined up near Old Square (Plaza Vieja), their curves on glorious display, is to understand the indefatigable nature of human creativity.

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If the opportunity to visit Cuba arises, LEAP upon it! It really is a country like no other. As spectacular as Cuba's majestic buildings are, its people are even more awe inspiring with their ingenuity and resourcefulness. Despite limited access to even the most basic of supplies, many Cubans have kept their pre-1959 automobiles not only running, but absolutely purring with style. Using only bits and pieces salvaged from discarded objects and combined with the occasional spare part transported in the checked luggage of  far flung, visiting relatives, these gleaming vehicles are lovingly rebuilt by hand, from their axles up.  No detail is to small to shape, to refine, to polish. To see these majestic machines lined up near Old Square (Plaza Vieja), their curves on glorious display, is to understand the indefatigable nature of human creativity.