Year after year, 193 countries gather at the U.N. to vote for or against the embargo of the United States against Cuba. The results are almost every year the same, but the experience of attending the vote is truly one of a kind.
For many years, there was as a divide between locals and tourists in Cuba. There were Cuban bars and there were tourist bars. There were Cuban pesos and tourist dollars (the convertible peso). When you went into a restaurant, you would be handed a tourist menu, different to the menu handed to Cubans. And similarly, there were private tourist beaches and public Cuban beaches.
Surely, we all know that rum, cigars and jazz musicians are the epitome of a mesmerizing Cuba, of which most of us cannot get enough. But when it comes to the national symbols of Cuba, they are as patriotic and noble as they can be:
The three colored Cuban flag was first raised in the city of Cárdenas (Matanzas Province) in 1850, when a group of revolutionaries revolted against the Spanish colonial occupation.
"This frozen daiquiri, so well beaten as it is, looks like the sea where the wave falls away from the bow of a ship when she is doing thirty knots."
- Ernest Hemingway, Islands in the Stream
Back in the 1930s, the illustrious novelist Ernest Hemingway had escaped his crowded home in Key West - constantly flooded with friends and literati wishing to bask in his limelight – for a more secluded place more suitable for a writer.
The weather here in Cuba can get a little warm during the summertime. Locals regularly comment on the 90º weather, saying ‘que clase de calor!’(It’s so hot), dragging chairs outside on the sidewalk in the early evening for a breath of cooler air. For visitors from cooler climes, the temperatures can be too much to handle.