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Havana

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...

A Cocotaxi Ride Across the River

Rick Steves | Posted 02.08.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

In this clip, our cocotaxi driver, Emma, zips us (as if in a coconut shell on a motorcycle) over the river with my partner Trish and son Andy. A 15-mi...

Cuba's Classic (and Not-So-Classic) Cars

Rick Steves | Posted 02.08.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Havana traffic is a mix of classic American cars (from before the Revolution), Russian Ladas (those infamous tin cans on four wheels, from the Soviet ...

Tourism in Havana

Rick Steves | Posted 02.08.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

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.

Blockade, Bureaucracy, and Groceries

Rick Steves | Posted 02.09.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

During my time in Cuba, I encountered no animosity toward Americans. There are plenty of pro-Revolution billboards, but no anti-USA or anti-Imperialism messages. A few posters were anti-US embargo.

The USA, the USSR, and Cuba

Rick Steves | Posted 02.05.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Two of the most striking buildings in Havana are the embassies of Russia and the USA. Immediately after Castro's victory in 1960, there was hope of a ...

A Havana Neighborhood Farmers Market

Rick Steves | Posted 02.05.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Although it's a huge city, Havana feels like a collection of neighborhoods -- each with its own small-town character and vibrant market. And a delight...

Communism in Cuba

Rick Steves | Posted 02.04.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Part of being a tourist in Cuba is sorting out the puzzle of its ideology and its struggling economy. With the country opening up to tourism, softening its controls on society, and preparing for the inevitable end of the Castro era, traveling here is filled with fun and curious insights.

Havana: The Caribbean's Mightiest Port, 500 Years Ago

Rick Steves | Posted 02.04.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

A first stop for any sightseer in Havana is the fort.

Viva Viva!: Irish Director, Cuban Drag Queens, Oscars Short List

Brandon Judell | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brandon Judell

Héctor Medina in VIVA. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. "Why is everyone on this fucking island addicted to drama?" the all-knowing Mama (a s...

The Marriage Between Venezuela and 'Chavismo' Failed

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 12.21.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The people, the same people that the president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) invoked from the platform to justify his misdeeds, has said no to 21st-century socialism and the national project promoted by the ruling party.

A New Day in Colombia

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 12.03.2015 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Colombia has paired the economic momentum with institution building. The country's democracy has rapidly matured. Yet, there is no guarantee that this momentum will continue. Any future success would greatly benefit from Colombia successfully implementing a peace agreement with domestic guerillas.

The Price of Change in the Castros' Cuba

Anthony DePalma | Posted 12.01.2015 | Politics
Anthony DePalma

In truth, so much has changed in Cuba recently that it is hard for someone like me, who has been traveling to the island since 1978, to keep track of it all. And yet it is also evident that much there hasn't changed at all.

'I Want To See It Before It Changes' Is The Wrong Reason To Travel To Cuba

Nicki Fleischner | Posted 11.30.2015 | Latino Voices
Nicki Fleischner

The next time you see a Cuba news story or photo shoot that chooses to use yet another picture of an old car, remember it's more than the cool "caught-in-time" beauty of Havana -- it's somebody's lived reality and daily hustle.

Chicago and Havana: A Musical Connection At The Auditorium Theater

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 11.20.2015 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

I recently enjoyed a scintillating evening of international cultural exchange featuring a concert of orchestral musical magic at Chicago's famous Audi...

Reflections on a Mozart Festival in Havana

Laurence Vittes | Posted 11.13.2015 | Arts
Laurence Vittes

It celebrated the completion of the Lyceum's first six-year phase, and made an important statement of commitment to classical music in a country where young musicians still suffer from limited access to the classical music resources.

Woodstock Film Festival Turns Sweet 16

Andrea R. Vaucher | Posted 10.12.2015 | Arts
Andrea R. Vaucher

In my absence, singer/songwriter (and ex-music critic) Charles Lyonhart covered this year's Woodstock Film Festival. Here's his report: The Woodstoc...

Cuba and Mick Jagger's Kiss

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 10.05.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

This country is not going to change itself into a new nation because John Kerry visited, nor because of the third visit by a pope. But Cuba is changing when people like this British rocker, icon of good music and of the greatest possible irreverence, touch down in Havana.

Confuddling Cuba

College Tourist | Posted 08.28.2016 | Travel
College Tourist

I had to put my camera down and remind myself that this was not about capturing the perfect Instagram snap; this was about watching, learning and soaking up all that Cuba could offer.

Cantaleta: Cuba's Funniest Import

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 08.25.2016 | Arts
Johnathan Lee Iverson

Clowning is a compulsion. The pull of clowning is inescapable. So it was for Joan Fernández Cabrera. "I feel a little magic," is how Joan Fernández Cabrera describes his transformation into his clown alter ego, Cantaleta -- a hyperactive blend of mischief, athleticism and a hapless romantic.

John Kerry Raises U.S. Flag At American Embassy In Cuba

Reuters | Mollie Reilly | Posted 08.14.2015 | Politics

HAVANA, Aug 14 (Reuters) - Watched over by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Marines raised the American flag at the embassy in Cuba for the fi...

MSC Cruise Line Finds New Home in Havana

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 07.30.2016 | Travel
Spencer Aronfeld

They say home is where the heart is, and the heart of MSC Cruise Line will now be in Havana...

The Blackening of Havana

Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesus | Posted 07.21.2016 | Black Voices
Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesus

With all of the excitement around U.S. and Cuban relations finally opening up there is a host of questions around race and religion that are fundamental to the lives of Afro-Cuban religious practitioners left to be asked.