Havana might be Cuba’s most well-known city, however small Trinidad is its most captivating. With its cobblestone streets, pastel-coloured 18th- and 19th-Century palaces, and manicured Baroque plazas, the 500-year-old Unesco-inscribed marvel is among the finest colonial towns in the Americas. And if you stroll past the wrought-iron lampposts of Plaza Mayor towards the bus station and try to find a male seated beside a wheelbarrow doodling in his note pad, you’ll discover Luis Martinez.
50 Factors to Love the World – 2021
Why do you like the world?
” Since Trinidad’s abundant remarkable history and culture comes from European and African roots [and] offers me motivation with minimum information, therefore I never ever get tired of composing,”– Luis Martinez, porter and poet
Martinez has actually composed more than 3,000 poems about cities and landmarks all over the world. With vibrant information and precision, he explains each location as if he had actually simply seen it with his own eyes. Yet, Martinez has actually never ever left Cuba. For the previous twenty years, he has actually worked as a porter at the Trinidad bus station, talking with travelers by day and studying old atlases by night as a method to “see” the world.
For so long, numerous Cubans like Martinez might just question what lay throughout the water. Following the 1961 Revolution, then-president Fidel Castro enacted stringent travel limitations focused on avoiding Cubans from leaving en masse. The restriction stayed in location for more than 50 years till 2013, when then-leader Raul Castro ended the country’s requirement for all residents wanting to take a trip abroad to look for governmental authorization.
However for numerous Cubans like Martinez, who were simply kids when the country closed its borders and now do not have the methods to take a trip abroad, checking out books, studying maps and being an “fictional traveler” is the closest they might concern leaving the island chain.
Today, despite the fact that Martinez states that he isn’t as healthy as he utilized to be, he continues to compose, satisfy brand-new pals from abroad and bring the world to him in Trinidad.
BBC Travel commemorates 50 Reasons to Love the World in 2021, through the motivation of popular voices along with unrecognized heroes in regional neighborhoods around the world.
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