Taking a Right Turn Down Callejón de Hamel in Havana, Cuba
Callejón de Hamel is an unexpected and refreshing center of Afro-Cuban art and community life tucked off of Aramburu and Hospital in central Havana. Local artist Salvador González dreamed up this inner-city sanctuary back in 1990 with playful sculptures made of spare city parts and vibrant wall paintings that decorate the street from top to bottom. It has since become a meeting ground for local children, who hide-and-seek amongst the sculptures, and a center for community gatherings, most notably on Sundays when rumba music and dancing fill up the space. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the colorful depictions of African religions and other themes that have a uniquely Cuban perspective.