There’s a tear in my mojito: On second chances in Havana

There’s a tear in my mojito: On second chances in Havana

I’ve been to Cuba several times. Four, to be precise. And like most Canadians, I initially didn’t go in search of culture; I went seeking cheap rum and good times when the February blahs had taken hold of my sanity. I landed in resort zones like Varadero and Cayo Guillermo...

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Taking a ride through Castro’s Cuba

Taking a ride through Castro’s Cuba

“He’s not Castro to us,” said Rolando. “He’s Fidel.” Rolando, my friend Whitney and I were seated around a small table on a sun-drenched terrace, overlooking the Malecón, the main seaside strip in Havana, Cuba. The terrace was on the sprawling, manicured grounds of the Hotel Nacional, one of the...

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A local’s guide to Cuba’s Afro-Cuban religion

A local’s guide to Cuba’s Afro-Cuban religion

Cuba’s Afro-Cuban religion is a colourful mix of local customs, folklore and beliefs, with roots in African-derived religious practices. As a result of colonialism, these practices went through a long process of adaption, as millions of African slaves were brought to Cuba to work at the sugar cane, tobacco and...

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Where to watch World Cup 2018 in Havana

Where to watch World Cup 2018 in Havana

Not too long ago, watching the World Cup in Havana wouldn’t have been an option, unless you had access to a broadcast feed coming in from the USA. Football (or soccer) has only recently become a popular sport in Cuba. Because it always had to compete with the national sports...

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The Cuban cocktail that can help save the planet

The Cuban cocktail that can help save the planet

If you’ve ever ordered a cocktail anywhere in the world (like, say, a mojito in our city of Havana), it’s probably come with a plastic straw. But did you know that many cocktails actually taste better when drank without a straw? The ‘mafia mojito’ is a lesser known (but more...

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5 tips for making the most of your trip to Havana

5 tips for making the most of your trip to Havana

Havana is one of the most unique cities in the world — it’s seemingly frozen in time at first glance, but you soon realise this city, and the country as a whole, is so much more than just a time warp. The place is colourful, charismatic, and buzzing with energy. Before...

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Literary travel: The Other Side of Paradise in Havana

Literary travel: The Other Side of Paradise in Havana

Havana is a hard city to “get.” I think that’s why I like it so much. It’s not easy for foreigners to climb inside. The government has long put a wall up between locals and tourists; if you’re a visitor, you ride in different taxis, visit different nightclubs, and even...

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