Culture, Travel, Lifestyle, Cuba

How I lost my camera in Havana

Fidel was there to greet me when I landed at José Martí airport humming Yo soy un hombre sincero. He was everywhere at once, declaiming...

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Arts and Architecture, Culture, Travel, History, Lifestyle, Cuba

Saving Old Havana

“This is one of the renowndest and strongest places of all the West Indies . . . From hence is transported huge quantity of Tobacco ....

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Culture, Arts, People, Cuba

Meeting the Master: Wilfredo Lam

It was a long flight, and there was plenty of time to think about the art of the Caribbean and its place on the international stage. For me...

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Culture, Travel, Lifestyle, Cuba

Inside Cuba

“If you walked into that water now,” a friend of mine said in Havana, “you’d come out dyed blue.” The sea off...

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Culture, Arts, Festivals and Events, Cuba

Artists Gather in Cuba

In the United States they have pop culture and Madonna, in the Caribbean we have Fidel and Bob Marley. Several of my friends: born in the...

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Culture, Travel, People, Cuba

Hunting for Fidel

I am no great pillar of capitalism. But you see communism? I can’t afford it. One night of socialist fever almost killed my feeble...

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Culture, Literature, Lifestyle, People, Cuba

Rosa’s Story

In 1994, when I was working in a hospital in Cuba, I got the opportunity to travel to Jamaica. At that time, people in Cuba were trying to...

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Culture, Literature, Arts, Cuba

Sexual Revolution

It was Georges Simenon, creator of Inspector Maigret, who once famously boasted that he had slept with a thousand women. (Later, someone...

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