Havana illustrates the ambivalence of the communist Cuban state. On one hand, the magnificent palaces in the center of the old town and on the other hand right next to it the dilapidated houses of the Cuban people. Outwardly, Cuba appears to be a powerful, functioning state but if you have the opportunity to look behind the facade, you quickly realize that this is not reality.
At this point, let me briefly mention an event which had occurred during our stay: Large parts of the old town including our hostel in Havana Vieja had no tap water for several days. Later we learned that at the same time a huge cruise ship had docked in the harbor whose water tanks had to be refilled after the long journey. To the suffering of many citizens, the water was sold to the shipping company. That is probably less in line with the conventional idea of a communist state.