In November 2013 I attended the 11th International Permaculture Congress (IPC11) in Cuba. I spent 2 weeks traveling with permaculture designers from all over the world, visiting urban food gardens and farms from Havana to Sancti Spiritus and exploring Cuba from the Malecon to the mountains.
Cuba is like no place I’ve ever visited – and not just because of all the colorful 1950’s cars on the road. Its true that Cuba can feel like a place stuck in time – bicycles and horses provide most of the transportation outside of Havana – but more palatable is the almost complete lack of consumerism. No commercials, no ads, no brand names. I rarely saw anything like a corner store or packaged food. The lack of “America” was truly refreshing, while at the same time disconcerting.
Below is an album of my photos, beginning with the IPC11 Gala that we attended straight from the airport. Enjoy!