Cuba, the Caribbean’s most enigmatic island, is a cultural, visual feast – Houston Chronicle

Welcome to Cuba, my native land: a place where time seems out of joint and where all the old certainties are jumbled.

Surprises confront first-time visitors from the moment they leave Havana’s airport. Yes, there are images of Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos, together with Fidel Castro: the triumvirate of the Cuban revolution. While corporate advertising is scarce, political propaganda still appears; similar visual displays have disappeared in other countries. Of course, Cuba’s communism was never the grim Soviet system. Ours was a tropical invention, spiked with salsa and humor, Cubans’ best survival tool.