This tobacco house in Vinales Cuba is where some of your favorite Cuban Cigars start out. I wasn’t expecting everyone here to be so inviting, but they all played along while I went through making my pictures. Some of the plants from here go to fancy cigar factories and some are rolled and smoked by the locals. So this is what a day at the tobacco house looks like.Show up and feed the chickens. Harvest the full grown plants, strip the leaves from the stalk, hang the leaves to dry, take a break. That’s really about all there is to it. Some of the best things in life still can be just that simple. This was the first stop in Cuba where I felt like I was seeing life as it has always been. There’s no visible awareness of trying to catch up to the rest of the world, just a satisfaction with doing something well and being proud of it.
Raidel Rodriguez and Hector Miguel take a siesta nap on the tobacco drying posts.