Havana, Hanging Out on Balconies

I spent some time on the balcony one late afternoon just watching the neighbors. These photos were probably taken in the space of 5-10 minutes, and as you can see a lot of living is done outdoors even if there is only a small balcony available.

About the blue trash bins in one of the photos, they are found on every street and sometimes later in the day they are overflowing. We were told that trash trucks come around every night. And, the lady with the water on her balcony – no one drinks the tap water in Cuba. Our hostess boiled the water and then put it through a filter in a big jug on the counter. Any time we or anyone else needed water we would go there.

I also mentioned the extra living spaces on roofs. Our host pointed a number of places that had been built on roofs by people who needed living space, and it seemed that almost every roof had these places. He also said it’s common to build an extra floor in apartments that have very high ceilings. Living space can be very expensive for people on limited incomes so they have learned to be creative and use every resource they have.

I liked hanging out on the balcony, enjoying the warm breezes and sounds of the city. It reminded me a bit of New York City in my distant past, when spring would finally come and you could open your windows, and then the sounds of the city would flood in and you would feel so much a part of the energy of the city.

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About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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8 Responses to Havana, Hanging Out on Balconies

  1. Jim VanZwol says:

    Kris,

    You Cuba blog is incredible! How did you find your host?

    Thank you, Jim

    On Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 11:20 AM, The Panama Adventure wrote:

    > Kris Cunningham posted: “I spent some time on the balcony one late > afternoon just watching the neighbors. These photos were probably taken in > the space of 5-10 minutes, and as you can see a lot of living is done > outdoors even if there is only a small balcony available. Abo” >

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  2. peggyjoan42 says:

    This was a very interesting post. Those little balconies look like nice places to enjoy the day.. A good place to people watch.

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  3. Kevin says:

    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your series of blogs on Cuba. I thought you might find this BBC news article about the internet in Havana interesting. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-39119873

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  4. Your photos are wonderful and depict life in the neighborhood. Spending time outdoors on the balcony so as not to be couped up inside. I love it!

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