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    Sweating Is Not For Cuba’s New Rich

    Sweating Is Not For Cuba’s New Rich 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 20 June 2017 — The passenger complains of the heat while frantically moving the fan. “In a few days I will install an air conditioning,” justifies the taxi driver and adds that he will charge “higher fares.” In summer everyone dreams of air-conditioning their […] Continue reading

    While tourists drink water out of a bottle, Cubans ration and boil a limited supply

    While tourists drink water out of a bottle, Cubans ration and boil a limited supply BY BRIANA ERICKSON HAVANA Men sit on the steps and play a hand of cards, women chat outside barred windows, stray dogs missing tufts of fur trot by. Taxi drivers call it the last stop in Havana. The locals call […] Continue reading

    Naive Commentary about Two False Currencies

    Naive Commentary about Two False Currencies / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya 14ymedio, Havana, Miriam Celaya, 11 January 2017 — It is not common, in the middle of all the gloom and the torrents of noteworthy dates that constitute the bulk of the official press, to find a journalistic work that brings to light — even partially […] Continue reading

    Cubana’s fleet – VIPs come first

    Cubana’s fleet: VIPs come first MICHEL SUÁREZ | Madrid | 21 de Noviembre de 2016 – 23:11 CET. Cubana de Aviación has blamed its disastrous state (once again) to the US embargo. “There are no aviation supply companies in the world that dare to sell direct to Cuba,” the company’s director recently alleged. As he […] Continue reading

    A Carte Blanche to the Market of Tourists’ Dreams

    A Carte Blanche to the Market of Tourists’ Dreams / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 4 November 2016 — For tourists coming to Cuba, one of the most cherished fantasies it is to get into a car of the last century and cruise the streets of cities and towns. A new type of […] Continue reading

    In Spite of Hurricanes, Easterners Manage to Survive

    In Spite of Hurricanes, Easterners Manage to Survive / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 5 October 2016 — Right now, it’s easier to get to Miami than to Santiago de Cuba. To visit the second largest city on the Island, there are two daily flights that are rarely on time; you have to take a train […] Continue reading

    Cayo Coco – An Emporium Of Cuban Military Capitalism

    Cayo Coco: An Emporium Of Cuban Military Capitalism / Iván García View from the pool of the Memories Flamenco Beach Resort, one of the several hotels that the Grupo de Turismo Gaviota S.A. administers in Cayo Coco. Taken from the blog Travel the World with Shirley A. Roe. Ivan Garcia, 22 August 2016 — The […] Continue reading

    Black and Counter-revolutionary in Cuba?

    Black and Counter-revolutionary in Cuba? August 23, 2016 By Yusimi Rodriguez HAVANA TIMES — I regularly read the articles written by my fellow writer, Elio Delgado Legon, who adds a touch of humor to this website for many of its readers. Personally, his greatest virtue, without him intending to do this, is to show the […] Continue reading

    Five Nights in Cuba’s Tourist Apartheid

    Five Nights in Cuba’s Tourist Apartheid / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 19 August 2016 — On a cloudy afternoon in early July, I went with my daughter to the reservation office in the basement of the Habana Libre hotel, to reserve for mid-August five nights in a hotel in Cayo Coco, in the north of […] Continue reading

    An Inclusive Cuba Would Always Be Stronger

    An Inclusive Cuba Would Always Be Stronger May 19, 2016 By Fernando Ravsberg HAVANA TIMES – It is no secret that Washington is slowly moving away from its former partners of dissent and betting on the self-employed, cooperatives and Cuban entrepreneurs, born under the reforms led by President Raul Castro. The advantages of these over […] Continue reading

    Antonio Castro’s Fiancee, Manager of Desigual – How a Boutique Works in Cuba

    Antonio Castro’s Fiancee, Manager of Desigual: How a Boutique Works in Cuba / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, 12 May 2016 — The most expensive labels in Cuba are on the verge of the abyss. Mango, Gas, Zara, Paul & Shark, Adidas, Lacoste, Desigual and a few others present their calling cards to the […] Continue reading

    Cruise to Cuba leaves Miami on historic voyage

    Cruise to Cuba leaves Miami on historic voyage The 600 passengers on the Adonia are first cruisers to take such trip in half a century Making history “is one of the greatest honors a company can have,” CEO says Ship will arrive Monday morning in Havana BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com The Fathom Adonia moved into […] Continue reading

    Cuba is changing, more for some than others

    Cuba is changing, more for some than others In the same week , Cubans saw President Obama and the Rolling Stones, a symbol of opening on the island. But while many talk about changes in Cuba, the private sector is still small and the government could react slowly to the U.S. offer to strengthen ties. […] Continue reading

    Cuba’s Odd 2-Currency System, As Explained By Ice Cream

    Cuba’s Odd 2-Currency System, As Explained By Ice Cream Connor Hickox, Zach Toombs , Zach Toombs 9:48 AM, Mar 30, 2016 All these Cubans are waiting hours in line — for vanilla ice cream. “There’s only vanilla,” one woman told us. “Only one flavor.” “50 years, for two hours once a week,” another person waiting […] Continue reading

    Monetary Unification in Cuba, an Unresolved Issue

    Monetary Unification in Cuba, an Unresolved Issue / Jeovany Jimenez Vega Posted on October 29, 2015 Jeovany Jimenez Vega, 26 October 2015 — Without a doubt the most complex challenge Raúl Castro’s regime has in the short-term is monetary unification. The use in the country of two national currencies for the last two and a […] Continue reading

    There Are No Foreigners

    There Are No Foreigners / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez Posted on October 13, 2015 14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, 12 October 2015 — Pepes, Yumas and tourists are some of the names we give to those who visit our country. For many Cubans, these travelers are their main source of income, through accommodation, transportation, dance and […] Continue reading

    Those Pools Aren’t for the People

    “Those Pools Aren’t for the People” / 14ymedio, Juan Carlos Fernández Posted on August 16, 2015 14ymedio, Juan Carlos Fernández, Pinar del Río, 13 August 2015 — “New movies, lots of ice cream, and a good pool,” is how a resident of Pinar del Río summarized his wishes for this school vacation. His second wish […] Continue reading

    Cuba Needs More Doctors and Better Hospitals

    Cuba Needs More Doctors and Better Hospitals / Ivan Garcia Posted on April 30, 2015 Ivan Garcia, 29 April 2015 — The urology ward at Calixto Garcia Hospital is a bleak scene. Patients in soiled pajamas wander through the halls like zombies with serum on their hands, in search of a urologist, who hasn’t come […] Continue reading

    Organ Transplants Offered to Rich Tourists

    Organ Transplants Offered to Rich Tourists / Dora Leonor Mesa Posted on April 29, 2015 Extracts from the article “Organ Trafficking: A Dark and Atrocious Business” By Mónica López Ferrado Users of transplant tourism come from all over the world. “As long as it’s offered there will be demand,” laments Luc Noel. From his office […] Continue reading

    The Adventures of a Cuban Mistaken for a Tourist

    The Adventures of a Cuban Mistaken for a Tourist October 15, 2014 Photo Feature by Luis Rondon Paz HAVANA TIMES — On October 10, I was at home feeling a little bored. I had finished studying early and done the house chores the day before. It was a holiday, I didn’t have to go to […] Continue reading

    World upside down – Why are there so many police on the beach in Cuba?

    World upside down: Why are there so many police on the beach in Cuba? July 15, 2014 What was your eye-opening travel experience? VPRO Abroad received in reply to this appeal many beautiful photos and stories. Liesbeth Eugelink from Nijmegen was in Cuba. Cigars, rum, cocktails, salsa music, vintage cars, Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, Ernest […] Continue reading