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HAVANA, Cuba, 2 January 2017 – Cubans head for home after participating in a parade honoring the country’s Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias (FAR), or Revolutionary Armed Forces. Thousands of Cubans gathered in the Plaza de la Revolucion for the event.

Later in the day, while reviewing the images I made during the parade, I showed the pictures to a Cuban friend. This image is the last of the series that I’ve posted during the past several days. My friend looked at the people walking away from camera, and at the arrows painted on the street.

“Ah ha,” he said. “Moving forward and always to the left.”

(Photo by Bill Gentile)

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HAVANA, Cuba, 2 January 2017 – Cuban citizens carry posters of Fidel Castro as they march through the Plaza de la Revolucion during a march in honor of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias (FAR), or Revolutionary Armed Forces.

This was a quiet, even somber event. It took place only weeks after the death of Fidel Castro, who seized power here in 1959 and died in November 2016. Many Cubans still are processing the fact that Castro is gone.

(Photo by Bill Gentile)

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On the plane, something odd but also vaguely magical-seeming happened: namely, nobody knew what time it was. Right before we landed, the flight attendant made an announcement, in English and Spanish, that although daylight saving time recently went into effect in the States, the island didn’t observe that custom. As a result, we had caught up — our time had passed into sync with Cuban time. You will not need to change your watches. Then, moments later, she came on again and apologized. She had been wrong, she said. The time in Cuba was different. She didn’t specify how many hours ahead. At that point, people around us looked at one another. How could the airline not know what time it is where we’re going? Another flight attendant, hurrying down the aisle, said loudly, “I just talked to some actual Cubans, in the back, and they say it’ll be the same time.” That settled it: we would be landing in ignorance. We knew our phones weren’t going to work because they were tied to a U.S. company that didn’t operate on the island.

Read Full Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/23/magazine/where-is-cuba-going.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

By JOHN JEREMIAH SULLIVAN fOR The New York Times,September 20, 2012

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