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Havana’s Prado Promenade

September 1, 2014 | 3 comments

In these days of intense heat – when thermometers register temperatures above 30º C – residents of Havana go out in search of places where they can evade the scorching sun. The city’s majestic Prado promenade invites strollers to rest and give in to the day’s weariness. (30 photos)

Havana Summer and the Coconut Island Amusement Park

August 30, 2014 | 3 comments

So as the summer break was coming to an end, I decided to take my son to the Isla de Coco (“Coconut Island”) amusement park. The park was built where the renowned “Coney Island” was once located, in Havana’s neighborhood of Playa.

Cuba Calls Meeting with EU Constructive

August 29, 2014 | 1 Comment »

The Cuban government today described as “constructive” a meeting held on Wednesday and Thursday in the second round of negotiations for a Political Dialogue and Cooperation with the European Union (EU), reported dpa news.

Cuba’s Patron Virgin Enthroned at the Vatican Gardens

August 29, 2014 | 2 comments

The Virgen de la Caridad (“Virgin of Charity”) whose replica was enthroned at the Vatican Gardens this past Thursday has a very special significance. During a ceremony held in the morning of Thursday, an image of Cuba’s patron virgin was placed in an area close to the Jubilee Bell in the presence of 60 attendees, including 10 Cuban bishops.

Pitcher Diosdany Castillo Flees Cuba, Training in Mexico

August 29, 2014 | No Comments »

Cuban pitcher Diosdany Castillo Vergel has fled Cuba and is currently training in Mexico, driven by the dream of playing in the US Major Leagues, sources close to the baseball player told Café Fuerte. He played for Villa Clara in the Cuban league.

From Cuba to Miami in Business Class

August 29, 2014 | 25 comments

Felix took five days making a journey that, on a plane, takes no more than 40 minutes. He left Havana one Sunday afternoon and arrived in Miami Thursday night. He was exhausted, unbathed, unshaven, famished and weighed several pounds less, but when he hugged his relatives at the end of the trip he was very happy. After all, he had been lucky.

Cuba: Hygiene Product Shortages Continue

August 28, 2014 | 8 comments

Periodic shortages in Cuba of home and personal hygiene products marketed in stores selling in both regular pesos and hard currency will remain for the remainder of 2014, reported the official press on Thursday.

Antonio Pacheco: Cuba’s Former “Captain of Captains”

August 28, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Cuban sports authorities have just degraded yet another of their baseball greats: former player, coach and manager Antonio Pacheco, known as the “Captain of Captains” till recently.

Cuba in Search of Lost Hopes

August 28, 2014 | 6 comments

Uncertainty is what makes many Cubans think that neither they nor their children will have any future in their country. It drives many to leave the country in search of a train with a clearly-defined destination, even if that involves cleaning houses for a living.

New Mall Opens in Havana

August 27, 2014 | 8 comments

On Saturday August 30th the Puentes Grandes Shopping Plaza opens its doors in the Cuban capital. The government administered stores are located in a restored building in the municipality of Cerro and will charge in both Cuban currencies.