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The Ties That Bind in Havana

Tim Wendel | Posted 03.21.2016 | Travel
Tim Wendel

Cuba has welcomed a sitting president of the United States -- the first such visit in 88 years. Even in a place as sheltered as Cuba, the victim of a decades-long trade embargo with the U.S., the world cannot stay the same forever.

Obama Pushes Cuba To Improve Human Rights Record

Reuters | Eline Gordts | Posted 03.22.2016 | World

HAVANA, March 21 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama pushed Cuba to improve its record on human rights and sparred with President Raul Castro duri...

Ten Keys to Grade the Symbolism and Substance of Obama's Historic Visit to Cuba (Part I)

Ted A. Henken | Posted 03.21.2016 | World
Ted A. Henken

Day one of Obama's official agenda ends with a top-level meeting with President Raúl Castro followed by a state dinner for the Obama family. I'm curious to discover whether the meeting is a mere formality or of they will do any real negotiation.

Striking Images Show The Face Of Cuba As Obama Begins His Visit

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 03.21.2016 | World

President Barack Obama began a three-day trip to Cuba on Sunday, marking the first time in nearly 90 years that a sitting U.S. president has visited t...

Here's What President Obama Will Be Doing in Cuba

Ben Rhodes | Posted 03.21.2016 | Politics
Ben Rhodes

In just a few days, President Obama will head to Havana, Cuba, becoming the first sitting president to do so in nearly 90 years. It's an historic trip -- one that gives the President and First Lady a chance to meet with the Cuban government and hear directly from the Cuban people.

Cubans Display American Flags Ahead Of Obama's Historic Visit

The Huffington Post | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 03.19.2016 | World

President Barack Obama will travel to Cuba on Sunday for a historic three-day trip, the latest milestone in his efforts to repair Cuban-American relat...

On Major Lazer In Havana

Isabel C. Albee | Posted 03.14.2016 | Arts
Isabel C. Albee

Photo by Isabel Albeesize=2> As the sun set on the Tribuna Antiimperialista last Sunday, half a million young Cubans dispersed into the dimly lit str...

Drop Everything And Head To Viñales, Cuba. NOW.

The Huffington Post | Landess Kearns | Posted 03.08.2016 | Travel

Now that getting to Cuba is a little easier, we're giddy just thinking of all the new travel possibilities. And Viñales, a rural town in Western Cuba...

Time Traveling in Cuba Through My Grandmother's Journal

Alyssa Ramos | Posted 03.07.2016 | Travel
Alyssa Ramos

Traveling to Cuba was never something I ever considered, even though both sides of my family have their roots there. Growing up as a Cuban-American du...

Interview with Photographer Peter Turnley: Moments of the Human Condition (Part 1)

Ben Arnon | Posted 03.07.2016 | Arts
Ben Arnon

I recently visited Cuba for the first time. As a photographer, I was blown away by the friendliness of the people, the uniqueness of seeing 1950's vi...

Outsider Art (Cuban Style): Riera Studio

Roslyn Bernstein | Posted 02.26.2016 | Arts
Roslyn Bernstein

With President Barak Obama's impending visit, with Americans flooding Havana, and with growing global interest in Cuban art, perhaps this is the moment when those on the margin can be included.

Learn More About Cuba Before Your Trip

Rick Steves | Posted 02.19.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

My trip to Cuba was a fascinating and memorable way to kick off 2016. And sharing it with you (and reading so many insightful comments) has been a joy. I hope you enjoyed traveling with me during the last 30 or so posts.

A Wild New Year's Eve Party in the Havana Barrio

Rick Steves | Posted 02.18.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

A highlight of our Cuba trip was ad-libbing our New Year's Eve party. It worked out perfectly -- we made friends, got invited into a private apartment...

Happy New Year's Eve in Havana

Rick Steves | Posted 02.17.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Anticipating a Cuban New Year's bash, tourists gather in Havana's old town. The cathedral square is filled with tables, as servants scamper to keep th...

Warming Up for New Year's Eve in the Barrio

Rick Steves | Posted 02.17.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

We welcomed 2016 in Cuba, and spent New Year's Eve prowling the streets of Havana. There was fun in the barrio and festivity in the air. The sound of ...

Our Time-Warp Home Away from Home in Havana

Rick Steves | Posted 02.15.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

For far less than what you'd pay for a fancy hotel room in the center of town, you can rent a fine home. We went top-end -- paying around $150 per nig...

Cuban Accommodations

Rick Steves | Posted 02.12.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

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.

Eating in Cuba

Rick Steves | Posted 02.12.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Cuban food? Imagine if the USSR were in the tropics. It's tasty -- if you like pork. Pork is king. Beef, chicken, rice, and beans are also available. ...

Money in Cuba

Rick Steves | Posted 02.11.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

The ongoing American embargo has a crippling impact on the Cuban economy. As is the case with most embargos, rather than bring about the overthrow of ...

An Evening at the Tropicana

Rick Steves | Posted 02.11.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

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.

A Cuban Reality Tour

Rick Steves | Posted 02.10.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

When traveling in Central America, I like to have the help of guides from Augsburg College's Center for Global Education and Experience (CGEE), which ...

The Richard Neutra House in Havana

Roslyn Bernstein | Posted 02.10.2016 | Arts
Roslyn Bernstein

It was a kind offer -a ride from the artist's sleek, new studio on Avenida 31 featured in The Wall Street Journal in his new Volkswagen to the Richard...

Imagine a Park Where Everyone Is Online

Rick Steves | Posted 02.10.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

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!

Friendly Cuban Welcomes

Rick Steves | Posted 02.08.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Some of my favorite hours in Havana were spent simply strolling down the streets, venturing into back lanes, and popping into courtyards, shops, schools, and bakeries...anything that was open.

Photo Essay: Old Town Scenes

Rick Steves | Posted 02.08.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Beyond the cute tourist zone of Old Havana (Havana Vieja), the rest of the city provides a jarring contrast. The cityscape is three layers of architec...