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The Changing Face of Cuba

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“Eee-con-o-mia”.  The face scrunches up, the corners of the mouth turn down, and the eyes narrow. The word for “the economy” is enunciated in the same manner and is accompanied by the same expression by Cubans across the country.  Frustration, exasperation, exhaustion.   Older Cubans have watched life get harder, watched opportunities dry up for… Read more »

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Cuba’s Casa Particulars

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Whether it’s airy colonial casa particulars in Havana, a tobacco farmer’s cottage in the Vinales Valley or a Caribbean coast side house; the variety of homestays on offer to visitors is staggering and makes for a different experience every time.   What are they? Casa particulars, or homestays, are privately run accommodation akin to B&Bs…. Read more »

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Cuba: Kennedy’s decision

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In 1962, the Cold War was heating up in America’s backyard. Since aligning himself with the Soviet Union, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro was a growing object of US concern. A failed attempt to oust him from power in April 1961 through the use of Cuban exile forces, emboldened both Castro and his Russian supporters. In… Read more »

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Cuban cigars: a tradition unchanged

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Synonymous with Cuba, the Cuban cigar has been the iconic feature of politicians, film characters and cult figures, but what makes it the number one choice for millions of cigar smokers? The manufacturing of a cigar in Cuba has remained unaltered since it became an integral part of Cuban identity, and as the country’s greatest… Read more »

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