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I took this with a borrowed camera after my Pentax died (see Taxi Driver), and I can抰 remember what it was.

The state of the door and the quality of the "toy" help to illustrate the difference between life in Havana, and in this provincial town, about 100km East. Whereas in Havana living standards range from near shanty town to really very comfortable (largely depending on access to tourist dollars), in Matanzas there seems to more or less one level for the bulk of the population, barely coping. There抯 a lot worth seeing and some interesting buildings, good (really very good) schools and some reasonable restaurants, but domestic housing is generally in a bad way, and the water supply is completely wrecked. Water flows through the gutters on a hot day during a dry spell, and people erect tanks in their yards to catch what little trickles through to their houses.

Some loss of sharpness through scanning.

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Additional Photos by Richard Gatward (RGatward) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3754 W: 141 N: 3794] (20108)
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