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  • He sits all day and all night rolling cigars for tourists. His wife lives 50 miles away - he sends money to her and his children. Sadly, he only visits them once a month because the bus ride is too expensive.

    I do not smoke cigars, but I tip him for the photo and he smiles shyly at me.

    It's a living.
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