The sudden spike in tourism in an economy with nowhere near enough infrastructure -- plus the embargo that makes it complicated to make payments from the USA or by credit card -- means that booking a room ahead is frustrating.
With a live orchestra, old-fashioned crooners, acrobats, contortionists and a razzle-dazzle troupe of outlandishly clad dancers with peacock tails, whirling tassels and towering hats of fruit and feathers -- and a bottle of good rum and local cola at each table -- it's a fun evening.
As Internet access comes to Cuba, busy squares in Havana are crowded with people hungry to connect online. These are the big-city young generation waiting patiently for their society to break open. When it does... Look out!
It's time to take stock of policy inconsistencies and re-evaluate how U.S. foreign policy responds to, and may actually perpetuate, violence in Central America through its current deportation policies.
Traveling through Cuba, you often feel as if you're hanging out with people still living in the 20th century. But there's clearly a huge appetite for the Internet. People -- young and old, poor and less poor -- go to great lengths to get online.
Havana Vieja (Old Havana) is polished, nicely cobbled and touristy. Rather than beggars, you find jaunty old men with giant cigars eager to pose for a dollar. Rather than begging, panhandlers find an excuse to make business.
Democrats are down to a head-to-head contest, which was on full display last night. Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders made their respective cases fairly well, and the jostling between them for position was notable.