Varadero has been, thanks to tourism, one of the most modern cities throughout Cuba, where for the benefit of the sector that allows a more ample economy, they always have been taken customs, buildings, modes and ways to be more adapted to a visitor with greater purchasing power and desire to spend.
However, Varadero also features, as any Cuban town, ‘rinconcitos’ arranged in the past. It is true that the harsh conditions of life that have always known and overcome the cubans, has forced them, in many cases, to maintain and squeeze the luxury of yesteryear, today converted into objects of a past of waste and exploitation which have due preserve, so they can be able to take advantage of the few things that had been left on the island.
Cubans belong to a living village, who has learned to cope themselves and thus adapt to the environment and survive without help. They have succeeded in not letting the time pass over objects, so their cities had a ‘revival’ touch. Of course, Varadero is not an exception.
Strolling through the streets and relax the gaze by these recesses of the city beyond the very first line of the ‘jet-set’ beach, allows us to find the ‘cart’ from the 50′s, the cuban version of a fast food stand or those colorful facades that hides ‘virtuosos’ musicians that could be ‘discovered’ by Fernando Trueba, to tell us in animated images a beautiful story of love even before the Revolution.
Varadero is Cuba and on the Pearl of the Caribbean exists that vintage layer that gives so much charm to the cities.
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