First-time Havana visitor finds charm aplenty amid a complicated picture of life on the island

January 24, 2015 7:15 AM

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First-time Havana visitor finds charm aplenty amid a complicated picture of life on the island

FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2015, file photo, a woman leads a girl by the hand to the Malecon as the sun sets in Havana, Cuba. Everyone warns you Old Havana is a facade, but it's impossible not to be taken by its charms. For a foreigner who isn't coming with predetermined notions of Cuba as global boogeyman or socialist paradise, each alley and avenue, each conversation with a Cuban, complicates the picture. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) (The Associated Press)

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2014, file photo, people ride in an Ural Soviet motorcycle in Havana, Cuba. Everyone warns you Old Havana is a facade, but it's impossible not to be taken by its charms. For a foreigner who isn't coming with predetermined notions of Cuba as global boogeyman or socialist paradi...

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