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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]

10 Famous Cubans

Known as the Grand Dame of Cuba, Alicia Alonso was voted one of the most beautiful women in the world by Harpers and Queen Magazine in the 1950s. At 16, she got married and moved to New York, but determined to promote ballet in Cuba, she set up the Alicia Alonso Ballet Company in 1948. But by [read full story]

Parrandas de Remedios: The craziest chistmas eve party

In countries of Christian tradition, the 24th of December—Nochebuena or Christmas Eve—is associated with retirement, intimate family dinners, and Christmas carols. That was probably the case in the town of Remedios until the 1820s when the young priest Francisco Vigil de Quiñones, affectionately called Franscisquito by his congregation, came up with the [read full story]

Young Cuban Jazz: the legend lives on
by Ricardo Alberto Pérez

I think of myself as one of the faithful, one of those veteran fans of Cuban or Latin Jazz. I’ve been very lucky to have been able to see close up some of the phenomenal artists in the 1980s who increased the stature of this musical genre on the Island and presented its image [read full story]

Loving the Streets of Havana
by Ricardo Alberto Pérez

Havana residents live out a large part of their lives on the streets. It’s kind of a reality show out there all the time. Their exuberance animates the city and it translates their uncontrollable zest into a formula for coping with all sorts of difficulties. There is no end of opportunity on the street; [read full story]

Havana’s birth
by Victoria Alcalá

The Templete is a small neo classical building constructed in the early 19th century to commemorate the first Mass and council held in the town of San Cristóbal de La Habana on November 16, 1519. Each year this event is celebrated by a series of commemorative events the most notable of which is the custom of [read full story]