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C is for Cuba

Let’s warm up a little and do some armchair traveling in Cuba; the average temperature is about 73° in January – a nice change from the cold and snow we usually experience.

Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean, and is considered part of Latin America. Its native inhabitants were colonized by the Spanish in the 15th Century, though the U.S. helped to end that during the Spanish-American War of 1898. After a fragile republic led to unrest in the 1950s, Fidel Castro took power and ushered in an era of Communist rule, which is still in place in Cuba today.

Cuba has a vital, multi-ethnic society, and is often known for its style of music, its baseball players, and its famous cigars.

Learn more:



The Distant Marvels – Chantel Acevedo

Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba – And then Lost It to the Revolution – T.J. English

Last Sugar King of Havana: The Rise and Fall of Julio Lobo, Cuba’s Last Tycoon – John Paul Rathbone

Mi Moto Fidel: Motorcycling Through Castro’s Cuba – Christopher P. Baker

Reef Libre: Cuba, the Last Best Reefs in the World – Robert Wintner

A Simple Habana Melody (From When the World Was Good) – Oscar Hijuelos

Tower of the Antilles: Short Stories – Achy Obejas

Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuba Boy – Carlos M.N. Eire



Buena Vista Social Club (Soundtrack)

Papa: Hemingway in Cuba



Encyclopedia Brittanica: Cuba

WikiTravel: Cuba

World Music Guide: Cuba – Son and Afro-Cuban Music


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