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Can a coronavirus cure be 90 miles away?

Having just experienced the “cheek to jowl” feeling of an airport’s rat maze in Havana last month, see above, I can somewhat commiserate with the hordes of Americans crammed into close quarters at 13 of our nation’s airports this weekend trying to get home from overseas before everything grinds to[…]

China, Russia make inroads for Cuba railroads

When we first started ignoring and ultimately fighting with Cuba in the early 1960s, there was Russia. Remember that one? Within a couple years of the Cuban Revolution, the next thing Key Westers knew there was barbed wire and heavy guns pointing out to sea on Smathers Beach. Well, as[…]

I’ll bite: What do Fidel and Hillary have in common?

Have you ever Googled something and landed on the Wikipedia page, only to wonder just how accurate the info truly is? I know I have, and during this morning’s searches for Cuba info, something popped up that made me seriously doubt the validity of this online “encyclopedia.” Running a little[…]

Summiting Cuban lighthouse offers hangover cure

Back in November, as you may remember, I spent four very unique days in the remote fishing village of Cocodrilo on the Isle of Youth. I figured after beating that story mercilessly into the ground,” enough time had passed to mention one of the stops we made on our way[…]

A familiar sight along the streets of Cuba

During my latest trip to Cuba, my adopted family in Havana was all excited about a new pizza joint that had recently opened about 30 seconds from their front door in the Cayo Hueso section of Havana. The name escapes me and they’ll need to cook the crust a little[…]

Seeing ‘The Forest’ for the trees, and cars and more

During my first visit to “La Bosque de la Habana,” or “Havana Forest,” I was mildly impressed by the huge trees, many of which are dramatically draped in thick, green vines, but didn’t see much else of interest. I do remember a really cool, New York City-style, weathered, wrought-iron park[…]

A private house is a home while in Cuba

Having never been a world traveler, I was more than a little nervous the first time David Sloan and I went to Cuba. Come to think about it, I can’t even remember how we found the dumpy Capri Hotel in the Vedado section of Havana, but we did. We never[…]

Insist on visiting the real Cuba

About four years ago, when I started taking groups to Cuba, I decided to include a place that far fewer tourists consider, which is to their detriment and our benefit. Located about 2 1/2 hours southeast of Havana, the Bay of Pigs is known to all, but visited by far[…]

Postcards from a Cuban vacation, Part VI

OK folks, I plan to wrap up this not-so-mini-series this week by sharing our last day in the Cuban hinterlands in and around the fishing village of Cocodrilo. As you may remember, it was founded at the turn of the 19th century by a Cayman Islander named Henry Jackson, and[…]

Postcard from a Cuban vacation, Part V

Welcome to my fifth installment about a recent trip to Cuba’s Isle of Youth. I hope y’all don’t think I’m “milking it,” there’s just so much to tell. Perhaps I am a tad jaded with the mainstream Cuba experience, but that doesn’t mean I don’t still love exploring Havana in[…]