Little Havana

I decided to pay a visit to Little Havana, which sits on the famous “Calle Ocho” (SW 8th Street) in Miami, where mostly Cubans call it home. A place full of art, music, guayaberas and Cuban cigars.

I styled myself as if I were traveling back in time to the streets of la ‘Havana Vieja’ (the old Havana) and got into character.

First stop,  a trip to the cigar shop where I literally spent three seconds deciding which cigar to purchase simply because I wasn’t going to actually smoke it. Yet I knew that it was only right that “I tried one”. The people were extremely friendly and even more so curious about the camera and I.

Cubans in general play a major role in Miami’s overall history and that was enough of a reason for me to come out here and explore. I think what fascinated me the most was that these Cubans (which fled Cuba in the 80’s) brought their roots and traditions and made Miami home. These people are filled with memories, nostalgia and a lot of passion, which made me appreciate the Latin flavor that much more. Did I mention that they make the best mojito’s?

Michelle

 

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Photography by: Camilo Rios

 

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