Havana

Reading Time: 9 minutesHavana is a city with a storied past. Built by rich, slave-owning Spaniards, marauded by French pirates, sacked by the British navy, and infested by the American mafia, Havana was once an opulent city, and its name still conjures up images of gambling, cabaret shows, convertibles on the Malecon, and Hemingway. Intense, huge, and sprawling, […]

Coffee from the Window

Reading Time: 4 minutesCoffee is difficult to come by in Cuba. Like most tropical countries that produce coffee, Cuba exports the bulk of their yield. They sell primarily to Europe, but if not for the embargo, they would probably sell most of it to Starbucks. Perhaps because of this, Cuba does not have a cafĂ© culture, and while […]

Santa Clara

Reading Time: 9 minutesMy introduction to Cuba starts on the plane. A guy is sitting in the window seat on the opposite side of the aisle, a Styrofoam container of food in a plastic bag is on the seat next to him. About halfway through the flight he picks it up, points at it and then to me, […]

An Island Nation

Reading Time: 6 minutesCuba. For many Americans Cuba is a forbidden land. I think very few people realize that it is only forbidden on our side of the channel. Cuba is more than happy to have Americans visit, and the Cuban people hold surprisingly little grudge for the period of years that the US government tried its hardest […]