Bailar! Dancing in Cuba

Crafted from African and Spanish influences, Cuban dance is well-known around the world: Son, Pilon, Cuban Salsa, Danzon, Rumba, and Cha Cha Cha, all originated in Cuba. Music and dance are an integral part of Cuban life and celebration, and children learn to dance pretty much as soon as they can stand by imitating those … Continue reading Bailar! Dancing in Cuba

How to Make a Cuban Cigar

Before the United States imposed the trade embargo on Cuba, it is reported that JFK bought an entire shipment of his favourite cohibas. It is also hard to find a photo of Che or Fidel that did not also include them with a cigar clenched in their teeth. Cuba has been making cigars since the … Continue reading How to Make a Cuban Cigar

Transport in Cuba

One of the first things to come to mind when you hear the word Cuba are old american cars (máquinas), used predominantly as taxis. They are such an iconic image, and can be found all over the island, gently nursed by their third generation owners. The drivers will insist on opening and shutting the doors … Continue reading Transport in Cuba

Cuba’s Food Ration System

Each person in Cuba is assigned the same amount of food using the family Libreta de Abastecimiento ("Supplies booklet"). Food rations are not free, but they are subsidized. The libreta ration booklet was introduced in 1962 by Che Guevara, who was at that time the Minister of Economy, as a way of ensuring everyone had … Continue reading Cuba’s Food Ration System

Cuban Life (for a tourist)

As a tourist in Cuba, you get a markedly different experience to the locals. Given that the country is socialist, the government provides or subsidizes many things for Cubans. Tourism really only started in Cuba after the Soviet Union fell as a solution to the economic crisis Cuba faced. Laws keep tourists as separate as … Continue reading Cuban Life (for a tourist)