I mentioned that Mr. Right and I recently did our annual volunteer vacation, and this year it was in Cuba. I will show some photos and do a recap for you soon. I’m still organizing the photos. If I buy souvenirs when we are on our various trips, I always want them to be items we can actually use in our home. I won’t purchase something that will end up in a drawer. That being said, Cuba had very little to offer in the way of souvenirs. They had some craft markets around, but most of the items were the same in each booth, and in fact, some of them were made in China. Cubans just don’t have much stuff, and they haven’t embraced the idea of marketing or being an entrepreneur. It’s just not the way they think, and that is part of their charm. It’s not about buy, buy, buy, and sell, sell, sell.
We took two separate trips to Havana, which was a two-hour drive from where we were staying in Varadero. We went to a huge market, and even there, most of the items offered in the various booths were the same.
However, in the back of the huge building (it was once a train garage), I found an artist with some original creations. I bought two colorful 8 x 10 paintings in acrylic of women’s heads and had them framed when I got back in Lexington. (Excuse the glare from the glass.)
I love art in a room, but I like it best when it really doesn’t look as if it belongs there. Does that make sense?
If it’s a little bit off, then I think it makes the room more interesting.
While I love art, I don’t like the big price tags that go along with it, but if I can buy from someone who is starting out or living in a third-world or developing country, it’s a win-win for all of us.
I have to tell you that I am still bothered by those two small round silver trays. They just don’t look right to me in the photos. Do you have any suggestions? I am at a loss on this one.
Thank you all for stopping in. Let’s make this a good week.