The Streets of Havana

By Abi King | Cuba

Nov 06


The streets of Havana are restless, active places – and that’s why I love this photo so much. Life is lived outside, from children playing football in the dust, to laundry drying, to neighbours gossiping and young men strutting their stuff at the beach. It’s hard to find a quiet spot, as both chatter, salsa and cuba son travel through the streets.

For a girl from London, where the golden rule is to pretend that you can’t see or hear anyone else in public at any time, even when squashed under their armpit on the Tube, I enjoy the way there’s so much to look at in this one photo, in this one snapshot of time.

Of course, I took the other, more traditional images of Havana. Here’s a very brief selection:

What do you think – which is your favourite?

Car & BikeCuba museumHavanaHavana SunsetHavana TaxisCuba outsideTropicanaHavana coast


About the Author

Abigail King is a writer and photographer who swapped a career as a doctor for a life on the road. Now published by Lonely Planet, the BBC, CNN, National Geographic Traveler & more, she feels most at home experimenting here: covering unusual journeys, thoughtful travel and luxury on

Sarah V. November 6, 2009

I love the first photo. What amazing colors–the white and blue of the buildings, and the red of the doors on the right.

jessiev November 6, 2009

i love the photo of the two yellow taxis the best. excellent photos. what colors!!

Marina K Villatoro November 6, 2009

I loooove those taxis…!!! they are so cute, old and colorful.

wandermom November 6, 2009

These are fantastic photos. We were just discussing visiting Havana the other day – these photos make me want to put those plans into action!

Cate November 6, 2009

One of the better things about developing countries is that life is lived outside. Beautiful shots.

TheWordWire November 7, 2009

Oh, it’s too hard to pick a favorite — I love the first image as well as the mini taxis. Thanks for sharing photos of your experience there — your comment about not acknowledging space invaders on the tube in London made me laugh out loud.

Amy @ The Q Family November 7, 2009

I love the first picture of the building and the two yellow taxi. :)

Dominique November 7, 2009

The vintage 1950s cars in Cuba always fascinate me, so I got a kick out of the turquoise car pic.
We live in a neighborhood where a lot happens outside in the warmer months…we always await summer so we can sit outside on the front porch and go out to chit chat with the neighbors to learn the latest neighborhood doings. Pretty dull around here in the winter when we all retreat indoors!

Abi November 9, 2009

Sounds like it’s a tie between the top photo and the two bubble taxis.

I suppose I should mention that people DO head outdoors in London on the days when the sun is shining. It’s just that there aren’t all that many of those days…

neha November 18, 2009

That first picture is to die for!

Abi November 22, 2009

@Neha – thanks!

RedCafe December 16, 2009

The first picture fascinates me, and specially that contrast of the colors [white vs blue]… amazing!

Abi December 18, 2009

Thanks @RedCafe. It’s one of my favourites, too.

Sarah Wu January 10, 2011

Love the first shot alot. Capture the feeling of Cuba

Bama April 27, 2012

Hi Abi! I like that picture of two old yellow cabs. Definitely not something we can see everyday!

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