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Jul

26

Daydreaming of Cuba

Close your eyes and think of a country that you long to visit. I bet what comes to mind is a mix of past travel experiences, current interests, and bits of information acquired over time. When insightCuba received its license a few weeks ago, permitting us to resume our programs in Cuba for Americans, to say that everyone in the office was ecstatic, is an understatement. As one could imagine, a great benefit of working at insightCuba, is getting to travel to Cuba to experience the programs firsthand.

Jul

14

Travel to Cuba: No Longer Just a Dream

It’s official, I’m coming. Need I say more? I love the enthusiastic reactions I get from people when I brag about my upcoming journey to Cuba. “You are kidding right...how did you get so lucky…is it legal…are you sneaking in through another country?” and my personal favorite, “mojitos at the Malecon, you brat!”

Jun

22

With Only the Ocean Between Us

Growing up in Key West and knowing that you can’t just climb aboard a neighbors’ boat to go explore Cuba, as we explored the various other islands that dot the Atlantic, is an odd feeling. Knowing that you are closer to an island that you can’t visit than the continental U.S. always made me feel isolated, like there was a twin somewhere in the distance that I’d never met and would never get the chance to. Somewhere out there beyond the waves were the people whose customs my island had stolen over the years.


Jun

20

The Writing on the Wall: Street Art in Cuba

All across Cuba, change is in the air. Whether it be the change that accompanies Fidel Castro handing control of the government over to Raul (after nearly 50 years in power), the appearance of small privately run businesses and entrepreneurship, increased tourism from around the world in places like Varadero, or foreign investment, there exists a perfect window of opportunity to experience Cuba as it transitions from a history in isolation from Americans to a future that welcomes them as never before.

Jun

16

The Korimacao Culture Group

I’ve been fortunate enough to experience a lot of the world through travel and working overseas. Having lived in China for 4 years, I know that my friends in the ultramodern city of Shanghai have completely different life experiences than those of the rural students I taught in Hunan province; or the monks and nuns I dined with over a fire in the frozen mountains of Gansu province.

Jun

13

Playing Chess in Cuba

World record for the most people playing chess simultaneously? Check. Fidel Castro vs. Bobby Fischer? Check. Home of the “Human Chess Machine” and one of the greatest players of all time? Check. Che Guevara once said “Naturally, chess is a hobby, but it is also a teacher of reason, and the countries that have good chess teams also lead the world in other more important spheres”. According to chess.com, Cuba is currently ranked 20th in the world. About a decade ago, the training of chess professors with a university degree began, and there are around one thousand of them in Cuba today.

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