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Not Just Beaches
by Victoria Alcalá

There is a quote by Cuban writer Virgilio Piñera that we have heard time and time again in reference to the most unsuspected angles of political and social life on the Island: “That damned circumstance of having water everywhere.” I suppose that some of the leading lights in our tourist industry would gladly change [read full story]

Castillo en las Nubes Hotel

Some of the most amazing views of Cuba are from the portals, terrace and the backyard of the Castillo de las Nubes Hotel-Boutique, located in Soroa. Once you are there at more than 200 meters above sea level, the world undergoes temporal and spatial transformations. In this place, time has its own dynamics. As you enjoy [read full story]

Stone Zoo: Somewhere between nature and art
by Ailyn Martín Pastrana

They said self-taught sculptor Ángel Íñigo Blanco was crazy when he left his job as a coffee picker in the 1970s to devote himself full-time to his passion: carving sculptures from stone. Without an ounce of pretentiousness he says that he just “chips away the extra rock,” but his chisel has made a remarkable impression [read full story]

Being a vegetarian is a lifestyle
by Giovanni Fernández Valdés

Tito Núñez Gudás, the chef and director general of the vegetarian restaurant El Romero, is convinced that the only way to have healthy human beings is for them to have diets based chiefly on fruit and vegetables. This way of thinking led him to open the restaurant at the La Terrazas Community in [read full story]

Cuban Humidors: Art And Fantasy
by Ricardo Alberto Pérez

Humidors provide the ideal conditions for cigars to preserve their appearance, aroma and texture, right up to the moment they are smoked. In particular, they regulate humidity and temperature and so prevent their disintegration or becoming dried out. They come in different sizes and forms, generally adapting to the number and size of the cigars [read full story]

The Silence Of Tobacco
by Giovanni Fernández Valdés

My grandfather, who smoked cigars since he was 15 years old, always told me that the practice was a solitary act, one that involved great pleasure, and it provided a chance to find yourself. I always thought that it also had a certain dose of melancholy. From the moment I arrived at the Quemado del Rubí [read full story]

Valentine’s Day – Love Is In The Air

Given the sexually charged erotic atmosphere of Cuba on an average day, perhaps Valentine’s Day is unnecessary, an excessive indulgence in a country which needs little excuse for romantic courtship at any time of day. Nonetheless, February 14 has assumed increasing prominence over the years and is the day when lovers need to be packed [read full story]

Cuban Cigars – The Reality Behind The Legend
by Ricardo Alberto Pérez

For the generations of young Havana students who would spend 45 days every year working in the San Juan y Martínez, San Luis or Sandino tobacco plantations in Pinar del Río, the art of growing tobacco leaves is not just a legend, it is a reality. Ours was a handson experience, which has remained [read full story]

Havana Nighlife
by Sophia Beckman

The drinking scene in the city often disappoints tourists inspired by Ernest Hemingway, Graham Greene and Havana’s decadence of longgone decades. The classic Hemingway haunts have become tourist traps and after midnight, Old Havana largely shuts down even while the Malecón is packed six-deep with locals and there are large queues outside some [read full story]

56th Cuban Baseball Series
by Ricardo Alberto Pérez

With changes to its structure and especially to its schedule, the 56th Cuban Baseball Series is now in its post-season stage with four teams remaining in the competition: Matanzas, Ciego de Ávila, Granma and Villa Clara. The elimination of three legendary teams such as Industriales, Santiago de Cuba and Pinar del Río during the [read full story]