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Scott Norvell is founder and curator-in-chief of CubaNotes.com, an independent and non-partisan source of news from and about Cuba.

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Who (or What) Is Behind the Uniquely Cuban Version of Netflix?

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 10:57 AM

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Cubans have a word for the ridiculous lengths they must sometimes go just to make ends meet. The word is resolver. Little chores that the rest of the world often takes for granted -- buying eggs, repairing a broken doorknob, finding helium balloons...

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Grand Ambitions: Cuban Coders Looking to Energize a Nascent Startup Scene With First Regular Meetups

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 3:31 PM

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The dilapidated byways of Havana, with its crumbling facades and weather-worn doorways, would seem among the world's most unlikely places for a technology startup. Internet access is abysmal when it even exists, many of the computers in use are almost as old as...

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An Uber for Cuba?

(1) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 9:52 AM

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A couple of enterprising young men in Cuba have launched the closest thing the island will have to Uber for the time being -- yotellevocuba.com. (Translated, "I will take you"). It's simply a way of contacting an organized community of drivers via email...

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Frozen in Time: 6 Great Dive Spots in the Pristine Marine Ecosystems of Cuba

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 2:01 PM

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It's often noted that one of Cuba's most seductive aspects is the time capsule-y feel of the place. The old cars. The lack of traffic -- and the horse-drawn wagons -- in Havana. Unrestored mid-century architecture. For visitors, it's enchanting. For residents, not...

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Here's What a $1000-a-night Penthouse in Havana Looks Like

(4) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 9:18 AM

A friend in Mexico City reached out a couple days ago asking what the heck was going in Havana. He wanted to hop over for the weekend later this month but couldn't find anyplace decent to stay. All he could find was a room at a three-star hotel far from...

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Travel to Cuba Got a Lot Easier Last Week. Here's How.

(7) Comments | Posted March 2, 2015 | 9:40 AM

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Each week now, the gates that have kept U.S. travelers from visiting Cuba are creaking open just a little more. If Paris Hilton -- who popped up in Havana last week unexpectedly -- can get there now, anyone can. Right?

Perhaps...

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An Unlikely Foodie Haven In The Caucasus

(1) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 8:13 AM

It's mid-March in Baku, the waning days of a bleary Caspian winter, and every time we sit down to eat, the most incongruous array of fresh produce is splayed out before us. Lush platters covered with fresh scallions, bouquets of cilantro, purple basil, dill and other greens, vine-ripe tomatoes the...

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9 Rules Westerners Should Remember When Visiting Japan

(3) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 2:19 PM

In many ways -- to Western eyes anyway -- Japan is as baffling as Bill Murray's facial expressions made it seem in Sofia Coppola's brilliant 2003 Oscar-winner "Lost in Translation." The sea of black suits streaming down Tokyo's sidewalks. The young female barkers dressed like schoolgirls outside Akihabara's maid cafes....

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