“What’s up with the two currencies?” This is the question I heard without fail every time I met an older US American on the tourist circuit in Cuba. Those who have never traveled to the island nor studied it in depth may not know that the country operates a system of doble moneda, or two currencies. One of these, the CUC, is valued at 24 or 25 times more than the other, the Cuban peso. Continue reading Cuba: Two Currencies, Infinite Problems
As people often mention, in Cuba there are not billboard ads for companies or products, but rather signs boasting revolutionary socialist propaganda. These signs are especially prominent on main roads and the provinces outside of Habana.
Continue reading Revolutionary Propaganda in Cuba: A tour through photos
Callejon de Hamel [Hamel’s little street] is a pedestrian street in the Cayo Hueso section of Centro Habana neighborhood. This street serves as a living art project and a homage to the area and the island’s African roots. The visual art in the street and on the surrounding building walls is just as impressive as the Rumba performances that take center stage every Sunday from 12-3pm.
Continue reading Callejon de Hamel: AfroCuban art project
Viñales is a small town, national park, and valley in the Pinar del Rio province of Cuba. Last weekend a few of us stayed their for a night and took a loooong horse ride through parts of the park surrounding the town.
A few weeks ago we took a trip out to Ernest Hemingway’s old house in Cuba, where he lived for many years. The house and property, called Finca Vigía.
Continue reading Finca Vigía: Hemingway’s Cuban home
The Necrópolis de Cristóbal Colon is the 4th largest cemetery in the world, and certainly one of the most impressive.
Some pictures from our visit this morning.