A first impression of the capital Havana
It was only a few days ago that I was talking with a couple of foreign residents here – quite devotedly I might add – about a certain British weekly. We waxed lyrical that this superb publication saved us (when we could get hold of it) from world news oblivion and from hours of top-story surfing. But, most importantly, that it gave us – in short, smart and pithy, paragraphs – what we most wanted: résumés of three or four diverse, quality UK newspaper opinions of issues ranging from current affairs and health to best books and best new films. Got it? I´m sure you have. It’s THE (wonderful) WEEK.
I was more than happy, then, to jump right to it when a friend asked if I had time to meet up with the paper´s travel editor, Tom Yarwood. And, that after lots of tea and biscuits, he (a very sweet and charming man) agreed to give me his first impressions of La Habana.
He describes a dream-like quality, a sense of being frozen in time, the architectural beauty, proximity to the sea, the relative sense of peace and personal safety, a slower pace and the space to think and create (helped by far less access to internet/cel/phones etc). But, he added, it’s not boring! He had the idea that here one could be less of a consumer and more of producer. And that – a very good idea expressed very succinctly, a la Week – is what they pay him for!
Tom says he´s interested in coming back and for a longer time. It may be to write or it may be to develop his first work and passion, film-making. Whatever, we hope he does. And I hope (hint!) that this time he remembers to pack a few back copies. Gracias!