I was recently in Havana, Cuba for a personal project and spent the better part of 4 days photographing the city. I got many great images and, so far, many great responses. The image above though really captures and intrigues people.
When I was planning my trip to Cuba, I wanted to make sure I visited at least one very good restaurant. So I did my research and found la Guarida in Central Havana. Unfortunately I did not book early enough to secure a dinner reservation, and had to settle for lunch, which may have been for the best.
The restaurant is on the third floor and roof of this old building, and to get there, one must walk through this 2nd story landing. Now in Cuba, modern amenities are sparse, including laundry driers. Most Cubans dry their clothes on their balcony, which you'll see all over the city. However with a restaurant, there just is not enough balcony space for all the linens. So the owners of la Guarida simply decided to hang them to dry in this unused landing.
What you see her hanging is actually the table cloths for the restaurant. Directly behind where I am standing are all of the napkins. Here are two more (less interesting) images showing a little more of the story.
So in the end, maybe only being able to get lunch was worth it, since I am sure no one would have been hanging the linens to dry in the evening.