All posts tagged: art

Patriotism At Its Best: Propaganda Of The Cuban Revolution

If I had to describe Cuba in a few words after my time spent there, ‘patriotism’ would be up there in the top three. The iconic Cuban Revolution of 1953 has formed a country with such a strong sense of unity and pride which still echoes today wherever you go. The revolt led by Fidel Castro in 1953 resulted in an overthrow of the authoritarian government which was replaced with a socialist state six years later. This transformed the country’s political, economic and social situation for the better, the effects of which truly live on today. From the buzzing capital of Havana to its rural vineyard towns and coastline, the country is united with a unique sense of purpose, proud achievement of the island’s past and mutual hope for its future. Huge billboards grab your attention at roundabouts, posters cover shop windows, street art and graffiti is sprawled on buildings and walls wherever you look, and Revolution merchandise oozes from every shop corner just like patriotism does from its people. Here are some of my …

The Arrow Of Wanderlust

I do love a good bit of symbolism, especially when it’s travel related. And weirdly I’ve always been drawn to any sort of arrow or sign – things, I guess, which signify direction. My friends still make fun of me for never missing the opportunity to snap a picture of any kind of sign, whether it’s at home or on my travels. Anyway, a few years ago, I decided that the arrow of wanderlust was symbolic enough for me to get as my first tattoo, a tiny design on the inside of my wrist. Yes, I do get the odd joke of people asking me to point them in the right direction, and I can just use my wrist. But to me, it represents my passion for all things travel. As I’m sat writing this, I’m on a long bus journey through the beautiful Scottish highlands, staring out the window at the beautiful sunny scenery of green mountains and lakes in between writing down my thoughts as they come and sipping on my morning coffee. …