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Cuba reabrirá posadas por horas, “ampliando opciones para el amor” julio 04, 2017

El oficialista “Trabajadores” admite que al desaparecer las “posadas” las parejas tuvieron que recurrir para unas horas de privacidad a las casas particulares que alquilan habitaciones, pero… Continue reading

Cuban entrepreneurs brace for President Trump’s new Cuba policy BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

Nidialys Acosta handles the booking for a loose association of vintage car owners who have banded together to offer transportation for visiting dignitaries and other groups. Clients… Continue reading

What does Trump mean to Cubans? It’s complicated By STEVE LIPSHER January 27, 2017 at 12:00 pm

My hostess in Havana, speaking in English, frequently invoked a phrase: “It’s complicated.”

Whether giving directions to navigating the narrow streets of historic… Continue reading

‘Cuba was the opposite of everything I imagined’ JANUARY 7, 20175:35PM Kirrily Schwarz news.com.au

BARACK Obama’s visit to Cuba in March 2015 was historic, marking the end to decades of hostility between the two nations. Just five months later, in… Continue reading

Backlash in Cuba Obama’s historic visit was a smash hit in Havana. Fidel Castro wasn’t going to take that lying down. By ANN LOUISE BARDACH June 10, 2016

HAVANA—These days Fidel Castro doesn’t often leave his comfortable home in Siboney,… Continue reading

Bartenders Are Winning Cuba’s Embrace of Capitalism, and Doctors Are Losing By Henry Grabar

Cuban state employees are abandoning their jobs for high-paying, private-sector gigs—in Cuba. As bartenders, bellhops, and taxi drivers.

The growth of the Cuban private sector over… Continue reading

Viñales: The Cuban town that works on its own

A thriving tourism economy spurs residents to be their own bosses Private guest houses and restaurants line the streets BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com

VIÑALES, CUBA María Pérez sells little wooden birds… Continue reading

Interview with Mary Jo Porter

If paradise ends where choice begins, as Arthur Miller observed, then our digital age fantasy of paradise as a tropical island with no Internet collapses with our choice to travel to one. The permanent inhabitants… Continue reading

Escritor noruego fue testigo de un domingo de represión junto a las Damas de Blanco Erik Torsjusen recorrió la isla en bicicleta en los últimos 40 días para escribir un libro sobre Cuba. Idolidia Darias / martinoticias.com diciembre 14, 2015… Continue reading

7 things Americans should know about travel to Cuba By Patrick Oppmann, CNN Updated 2030 GMT (0330 HKT) September 22, 2015

Havana (CNN)While full diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba were recently restored, many Americans still rightfully wonder… Continue reading

Otherworldly Cuba is poised to transform As Cuba loosens its internal restriction and relations thaw with the U.S., the island nation is adrenalized and vibrating in transition between the Castros and a country anxious to erupt. By Kevin Spear Orlando… Continue reading

Cuentapropistas cubanos aprenden a lidiar con el estrés de la libre empresa MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@MiamiHerald.com

LA HABANA Niuris Higueras bromea que su esposa dice que Atelier –el restaurante que ella comenzó con su hermano– es su verdadero esposo.

En un… Continue reading

In Cuba, a challenge for people running their own businesses mwhitefield@MiamiHerald.com

HAVANA Niuris Higueras jokes that her spouse calls Atelier — the Havana restaurant she started with her brother — her real husband.

In an effort to see her family… Continue reading