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Our Man In Havana

Dolphin Dining

Opened in the early 1960s, Cuba’s National Aquarium was built to study coral reefs and promote underwater research. The island enjoys some of the most pristine coral reefs in the world due to a lack of stress on the environment, so much so that a recent PBS documentary was titled “Cuba: The Accidental Eden.” For[…]

Welcome to my nightmare …

I’m pretty sure there is an industry word for a bunch of journalists fighting to get the best spot, but, for the life of me, I can’t remember it. I have, however, been in a few of these lovely situations. One of the worst had to be on March 22, 2016, when then President Barack[…]

Taking the Cuban country roads less traveled

At roughly the size, but not shape, of Pennsylvania, Cuba has more than 37,000 miles of roads, of which just under 19,000 miles are paved. Running along the island’s spine is the two-lane “Carretera Central.” This well-maintained road runs the entire length of Cuba, some 750 miles, from Pinar del Rio to Guantanamo province. The[…]

The art of Fabelo in Key West

Cuba enjoys a lively art scene and at the heart of this phenomenon is Roberto Fabelo. Born in GuĂ„imaro, Cuba, in 1951, Fabelo continues to be one of the island’s most intriguing artistic characters with works on display around the globe. The painter, sculptor and illustrator, who cam to prominence in the 1980s, produces his[…]

Back in time we go …

On Jan. 4, 1961, along the Malecon in Havana, U.S. Marines Cpl Larry Morris, Sgt Francis “Mike” East, and Master Gunnery Sgt James Tracy had the solemn task of lowering the American flag at the Embassy of the United States. They had spent the morning with fellow soldiers incinerating classified documents, preparing for their departure[…]

A ride on the not-so wild side …

By now, any occasional reader of this column is familiar with the town of Vinales. It’s about three hours and worlds apart from Havana. Here, you won’t be hassled to buy fake cigars or panhandled, either. In place of those lovely experiences are salt-of-the-earth residents living among huge limestone mountains called mogotes, all surrounded by[…]