Sunday, April 17, 2016

Fresh Fish

Fresh Fish / 14ymedio

14ymedio, Havana, 15 April 2016 – Near Linea Street in Havana's Vedado
neighborhood, a young man is selling this fish he just pulled from the
sea. After hours on the water in a makeshift craft, the bold sailor has
managed to hook a huge fish that he is offering for 20 convertible
pesos, the equivalent of a months' wages for a professional.

The sale of the beautiful specimen is accompanied by the epic of the
fish. The young man brags of the difficulties he faced, the long time he
had to wait to snag the fish, and even relates his surprise at the
moment it emerged from the water. His face is filled with happiness on
knowing that this afternoon, thanks to the fish, his family will be able
to buy a little chicken, a bottle of oil and even some soft drinks for
the kids.

Despite being surrounded by the sea, Cubans find it very difficult to
get fresh fish. The managers of private restaurants must jump through
hoops to ensure the supply of this product on their menus. They depend,
in most cases, on the illegal market and fishermen like this young man,
whose fish will probably end up this very night in the kitchen of one of
these paladares (or palates, as private restaurants are called).

Source: Fresh Fish / 14ymedio – Translating Cuba -

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