Happy birthday, Havana: the capital city of Cuba is 500 years old. Photo: Alamy

Havana turns 500: four reflections on life in the capital of Cuba as it chalks up half a millennium of history

  • ‘Havana people are cheerful,’ says a fisherman on the Malecon. ‘Everyone knows one another,’ says a woman who gave up school to earn money posing for tourists
  • Ordinary residents talk about the good and bad sides to life in a city that’s a byword for romance yet has struggled under a US embargo for decades
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Happy birthday, Havana: the capital city of Cuba is 500 years old. Photo: Alamy
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