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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 around them. Once in primary school, formal dance classes are taught in the (Castro-initiated) education system which focuses on the arts as well as traditional maths, revolutionary history and science subjects.
Cubans therefore are all effortlessly amazing dancers. Cuban guys are such strong dance partners that dancing with them is easy, it doesn’t matter your ability at all. Basically they hold you tight (think spot welding) so there is pretty much no chance of you being able to do something wrong. Read more

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 1800s and despite (or maybe because of) the embargo, they are still considered the most desirable in the world. Read more

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 for you, as if you are too firm you run the risk of actually breaking the car Read more

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 access to the basic foods.
The ration system details the groceries each family is allocated, Read more

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 possible from the locals so that the socialist ideas that govern life there are not corrupted by tourists coming in with all their (high value) money and free-wheeling ways. Read more

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Heart of Light

My year living in Oaxaca, Mexico

A Cup of Jo

My year living in Oaxaca, Mexico

Healthy Happier Bear

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Simple Provisions

Food does not need to be fancy to be celebrated